Fall is officially here, Congress is still a mess as a government shutdown looms ... and here’s what selling well across the region, politically speaking. It’s that magic Top 10 — with a rejiggering of titles that have been on the list (on and off) for weeks, with the sole exception of “The Black Banners,” a personal take on 9/11 and the clash against al-Qaeda than ensued, by a former FBI agent and respected counterterrorism expert.


(Unofficial) Political Bestsellers — September 25, 2011

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1. 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

2. In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

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

3. 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

4. America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

(Harper, $25.99). By Sarah Palin

5. Haiti After the Earthquake (PublicAffairs, $27.99)

By Paul Farmer

6. Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools

(Simon & Schuster, $28). By Steven Brill

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

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

8. Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain

(Random House, $26). By Jim Lehrer

9. Obama’s Wars

(Simon & Schuster, $30). By Bob Woodward

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., waits for a hearing of the Senate Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security subcommittee hearing at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) (Stephan Savoia/AP)

(Harper, $27.99)

By Scott Brown

Drawn from Book World’s bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending September 18, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011