This weekend’s roundup of poli-sci books selling well across the region (once again, an even 10) is primarily a reshuffling of some previous entries save for two — and both deal with the Web, though in strikingly different ways.

Jeremy Rifkin, the Foundation on Economic Trends and a bestselling, thought-provoking author, has penned a new book on what he (and many others) believe will be the next wave of development: The astonishing synergy of the Internet and green movement to create a new revolution in the way we create and use energy (an “energy internet,” so to speak).

That’s followed by Mark Bowden’s new book, which takes a more sinister turn. It’s a lively look at what he dubs “the first digital world war,” the onset of the Conficker worm / virus in 2008 that pitted wily hackers against top researchers and Internet security specialists. And what we learned there might come in rather useful in the future.


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — October 9, 2011

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

(Harper, $29.99). By Ron Suskind

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

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin

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. 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

6. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Lewis, author of the best-selling book "The Big Short" and a columnist for Bloomberg News, talks about the aftermath of the financial crisis and the global banking system. He speaks with Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." SOURCE: Bloomberg

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

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

8. The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World

(Palgrave Macmillan, $27). By Jeremy Rifkin

9. Worm: The First Digital World War

(Atlantic Monthly, $25). By Mark Bowden

10. If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government (Harvard Business School, $24.95)

By Willam D. Eggers & John O’Leary

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending October 2, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011