The number of titles selling briskly in the poli / sci genre swells a bit this week, up to an impressive (well, compared to recent statistics) roster of 12.

Several titles are making return engagements on the list, including Friedman’s “The Next Decade,” which surges to #1, the memoir by Donald Rumsfeld and the look at the origins of espionage by Douglas Waller.

Debuting on the list is the latest from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Stewart, author of “Blood Sport” and “Den of Thieves,” examining an epidemic of perjury in our legal system. It’s a bit of a surprise that the book didn’t land in the top 10 general nonfiction titles since it left the gate on April 19. The book was embargoed by the publisher, so surely they expected strong sales. Stay tuned nest week ...

And “Lights Out,” a look at America’s energy woes (and some thoughtful solutions) by Spencer Abraham, the former U.S. senator and secretary of energy, makes an unusual appearance on the list. The book is almost a year old, so it would seem that some organization (or, dare we hope?) congressman’s office on the Hill bought the book for its members, eager to educate them on the issue.

It should be interesting to see what books hit the list next week, which would reflect sales during the rather remarkable news week in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death. The political comity seen briefly amid the euphoria of the announcement May 1 is already waning, so who knows ...


Political Bestsellers — May 8, 2011

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1. The Next Decade: Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going

(Doubleday, $27.95). By George Friedman

2. Lights Out!: Ten Myths About (and Real Solutions to) America's Energy Crisis

U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham (R) watches his Chinese counterpart Zhang Guobao sign a bilateral agreement in Amsterdam, in this May 23, 2004 file photo. (POOL/REUTERS)

3. The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

(FSG, $35). By Francis Fukuyama

4. Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom

(Grand Central, $24.99). By Ron Paul

5. Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff

(Penguin Press, $29.95). By James B. Stewart

6. Known and Unknown: A Memoir

(Sentinel, $36). By Donald Rumsfeld

7. Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

(Henry Holt, $27). By Del Quentin Wilber

8. The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Garrett M. Graff

9.. Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!

WASHINGTON - APRIL 21: Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart speaks during an event at the Heritage Foundation April 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. Andrew Breitbart spoke to the group about politics, the media and his new book, "Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!" (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) (Brendan Smialowski/GETTY IMAGES)

10. Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

(PublicAffairs, $26.99). By Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo

11. Debt, Deficits, and the Demise of the American Economy

(Wiley, $27.95). By Peter Tanous & Jeff Cox

12. Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage

(Free Press, $30). By Douglas Waller

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending May 1, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011