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(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — October 23, 2011

A chilly October weekend finds the list breaking its streak of a “perfect 10,” this time around featuring a baker’s dozen.

Primarily, it’s a rehashing of titles past — with Michael Lewis’s concise take on the financial crisis leaping to the top spot, as it does on the general nonfiction list. The new entries come toward the end of the list, and one falls squarely in the emotional vein of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and a rising revulsion at how the economy has fared in the wake of the financial meltdown ... and more precisely, how the financial sector’s fortunes have turned rosy once again (thanks to intense government intervention) yet no one in that sector has ever been held accountable for a financial crisis it had a significant part in creating. So enter ... “Time for Outrage,” a manifesto of revolution against the world financial system and an embrace of social democracy. It’s been a bestseller in France since its publication in 2010, and though it may not bring about a revolution a la the guillotine, its efforts to shake things up and make folks think can’t be a bad thing. Mais oui!

Rounding out the list is a new title from conservative publishing house Regnery, taking on the Obama Justice Department (a litany of accusations with overtly racial overtones from a former Justice attorney) and an account from another government insider, this time from the State Department, in which he chronicles misguided and often ludicrous efforts on behalf of the U.S. government to win over the Iraqi people. Tales of bureaucracy run amok, almost silly reconstruction projects and a glaring lack of a comprehensive plan to turn things around. Yet, as the title suggests, “We Meant Well.”


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — October 23, 2011

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1. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

(Norton, $25.95). By Michael Lewis

2. In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

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

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. Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir

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

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

(Penguin Press, $37.95). By Daniel Yergin

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

(Threshold, $25). By Herman Cain

8. Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President

(Doubleday, $25.95). By Eli Saslow

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

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

10. Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous!

(Twelve, $10). By Stéphane Hessel

11. Injustice: Exposing the Radical Agenda of the Obama Justice Department

(Regnery, $27.95). By J. Christian Adams

12. We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People

(Metropolitan, $25). By Peter Van Buren

13. 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


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