We begin the end of February with one of those wonderful “perfect 10” lists — conservative pundit Mark Levin continues an impressive run at the top of the heap (a distinction he holds on the general nonfiction list, as well) along with a batch of titles that is a broad reflection of what is on the nation’s mind of late, from the escalating presidential election to the role of government in our lives to America’s role on the world stage.


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — February 26, 2012

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1. Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

(Threshold, $26.99). By Mark R. Levin

2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

(Random House, $27). By Katherine Boo

3. Enemies: A History of the FBI

(Random House, $30). By Tim Weiner

4. The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President — And Who Is Behind Them

(Thomas Dunne, $26.95). By Bill Press

5. Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power

(Basic, $26). By Zbigniew Brzezinski

6. Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle

(Prometheus, $26). By Stuart Altman & David Schactman

7. All In: The Education of General David Petraeus

"All In: The Education of General David Petraeus" by Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb. (Penguin) (Penguin/Penguin)

By Paula Broadwell with Vernon Loeb (1)

8. The World America Made

(Knopf, $21). By Robert Kagan

[look for Book World’s review March 4]

9. Megacommunities: How Leaders, Governments, Business and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together

(Palgrave Macmillan, $27.95). By Mark Gerencser, Reginald Van Lee, Fernando Napolitano and Christopher Kelly

10. Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China

(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28). By David Wise

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending February 19, 2012 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2012