A mid-size list this weekend — with a preponderance of the titles focusing on the state of the nation. Which, considering the topsy-turvy nature of the economy (here and in Europe) as well as the political landscape (the ever-winnowing field of Republican candidates), perhaps that should come as no surprise ...


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — December 4, 2011

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The US Capitol Building as seen on, Saturday, Nov., 19, 2011. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

1. Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Prison

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26). By Peter Schweizer

2. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy (Knopf, $23.95). By Bill Clinton

3. The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

(Random House, $27). By Jeffrey D. Sachs

4. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

5. No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

(Crown, $35)

By Condoleeza Rice

6. The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better

(Dutton, $12.95). By Tyler Cowen

7. George F. Kennan: An American Life

(Penguin Press, $39.95). By John Lewis Gaddis

8. SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden

(St. Martin’s, $25.99). By Chuck Pfarrer

9. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

(FSG, $28). By Thomas L. Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending November 27, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011