A short list this caucus weekend — no surprise that NYT reporter Jodi Kantor’s profile of the Obama family in the White House would hit the top spot (though a little surprising it didn’t fare as well in the general nonfiction rankings ... ).

Mark Bowden’s chronicle of the Conficker worm computer virus, as compelling as it is, is also a bit of a surprise to see on the list ...

BOOK WORLD

(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — January 22, 2012

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1. The Obamas (Little, Brown, $29.99)

By Jodi Kantor



2. Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

(Metropolitan, $25). By Thomas Frank


3. Worm: The First Digital World War

(Atlantic Monthly, $25). By Mark Bowden


4. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of American’s War in Afghanistan

(Blue Rider, $27.95). By Michael Hastings


5. Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry

(Simon & Schuster, $25). By Dylan Ratigan

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending January 15, 2012 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2012