Something rather astonishing has happened to the political list this weekend — not only is there an ideal number of 10 books on the list, but every last one is actually a current title, a book published within the last month. For countless weeks, the roundup has been a mix of up-to-the-minute and some rather old (at times really old) books. A sign of the new publishing season, no doubt.

And, there’s a prevalence of governors reflected below, from (former) Gov. Granholm of Michigan to (current) Gov. Daniels of Indiana, both with prescriptions for America’s ills, to (not quite one term and former) Gov. Sarah Palin, examined in a somewhat controversial book by journalist Joe McGinniss.


The (Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — October 2, 2011

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

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin

2. Confidence Men: Washington, Wall Street, and the Education of a President

(Harper, $29.99). By Ron Suskind

3. 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

4. In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

(Threshold Editions, $35). By Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney

5. A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Job’s and America’s Economic Future

(PublicAffairs, $27.99). By Jennifer M. Granholm and Dan Mulhern

6. The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

(Crown, $25). By Joe McGinniss

7. The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda

(Norton, $26.95). By Ali H. Soufan with Daniel Freedman

8. Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans

(Sentinel, $26.95). By Mitch Daniels

9. Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State

(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Dana Priest & William Arkin

10. Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

(Norton, $27.95). By Adam Winkler

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending September 25, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011