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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(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin
(Harper, $29.99). By Ron Suskind
(FSG, $28). By Thomas L. Friedman & Michael Mandelbaum
(Threshold Editions, $35). By Dick Cheney with Liz Cheney
(PublicAffairs, $27.99). By Jennifer M. Granholm and Dan Mulhern
(Crown, $25). By Joe McGinniss
(Norton, $26.95). By Ali H. Soufan with Daniel Freedman
(Sentinel, $26.95). By Mitch Daniels
(Little, Brown, $27.99). By Dana Priest & William Arkin
(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