A rather brief list this week may be a symptom of the season — the top 50 books reflected a surge in cookbooks and other lifestyle titles (the holidays are fast approaching) leaving little room for political fare.

And the only new title here (which debuted on the general nonfiction list last week) is conservative pundit Patrick Buchanan’s take on America’s problems and how best to fix them. Naturally, it won’t appeal to everyone, and actually seems a bit counterintuitive to what makes the U.S. such a unique player on the global stage.

[Due to some technical glitches with our data feed, we were unable to produce a “best of” political list last week, Oct. 30.]


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — November 6, 2011

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1. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

2. 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

3. Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?

(Thomas Dunne, $27.99). By Patrick J. Buchanan

4. This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House

(Threshold, $25). By Herman Cain

5. The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending October 30, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011