Astonishing but true — another actual “top 10” on the poli-sci list. Again. The biggest news here is the addition of onetime CEO and current Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s new memoir. With that title! Most definitely an exercise in wish-fulfillment.

Also joining the ranks this weekend is the new book from Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University (and a trusted advisor to many, including the UN) in which he focuses on America’s economic malaise and aims to address its symptoms. Those, alas, are far larger than simple mathematical errors, but a breakdown of the nation’s moral fiber, from the halls of government to (you knew it was coming) Wall Street. And the average American, consumer-driven in a frenzied quest for wealth and all its trapping, is to share in the blame, as well.


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — October 16, 2011

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1. This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House

(Threshold, $25). By Herman Cain

2. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

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

(Harper, $29.99). By Ron Suskind

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

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 91, works in his office at the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. His new book is titled "Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir," a personal reflection on the five chief justices he has known. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

6. Five Chiefs: A Supreme Cout Memoir

(Little, Brown, $24.99). By John Paul Stevens

7. In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

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

8. The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity

(Random House, $27). by Jeffrey D. Sachs

9. 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

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

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

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending October 9, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011