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June’s Political Best Seller List

In Fun Stuff, Politics on June 27, 2007 at 6:50 am


According to the NY Times:


Based on sales for weeks ending May 26 through June 16, 2007

1 The Assault On Reason, by Al Gore. (Penguin Press, $25.95.) The former vice president’s take on how the Bush administration has degraded the political environment through secrecy, fear and the rejection of fact-based reasoning.

2 The Reagan Diaries, by Ronald Reagan. Edited by Douglas Brinkley. (HarperCollins, $35.) Selections from the 40th president’s daily White House diaries.

3 A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah. (Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $22.) A former child soldier from Sierra Leone describes his drug-crazed killing spree and his return to humanity.

4 Presidential Courage, by Michael Beschloss. (Simon & Schuster, $28.) Profiles of nine presidents who had the courage to make unpopular decisions.

5 Where Have All The Leaders Gone?
by Lee Iacocca. (Scribner, $25.) The former C.E.O. of Chrysler protests the lack of political and business leadership on issues like health care and energy policy.

6 Outrage, by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann. (HC/HarperCollins, $26.95.) An attack on illegal immigration, United Nations profiteers, lazy congressmen and high drug prices.

7 A Woman In Charge: The Life Of Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Carl Bernstein. (Knopf, $27.95.) The Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter presents a detailed portrait of New York’s junior senator.

8 Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. (Little, Brown, $24.99.) The only survivor of a Navy Seal operation in northern Afghanistan describes the battle, his comrades and his courageous escape.

9 At The Center Of The Storm, by George Tenet. (HarperCollins, $30.) The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency looks back on his career.

10 The World Is Flat,
by Thomas L. Friedman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $30.) A columnist for The Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

11 Brothers: The Hidden History Of The Kennedy Years, by David Talbot. (Free Press, $28.) The relationship between brothers, John and Robert Kennedy, and the conflicts that tore apart their administration.

12 Crazies To The Left Of Me, Wimps To The Right, by Bernard Goldberg. (HarperCollins, $25.95.) The author of “100 People Who Are Screwing Up America” attacks liberals and accuses Republicans of betraying conservative principles.

13 The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins. (Houghton Mifflin, $27.) An Oxford scientist asserts that belief in God is irrational and that religion has done great harm in the world.

14 Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Free Press, $26.) A memoir by the Somai-born advocate for Muslim immigrant women, once a member of the Dutch Parliament, who has been threatened with death.

15 The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama. (Crown, $25.) The Illinois junior senator proposes that Americans move beyond their political divisions.

16 Blessed Unrest,
by Paul Hawken. (Viking, $24.95.) Well known environmentalist shares his belief of hope for environmental and social change worldwide.

17 Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, by Jeremy Scahill. (Nation, $26.95.) A detailed investigation of the private military-industrial entity, Blackwater USA, and its role in the global war on terror.

18 The Secret History Of The American Empire, by John Perkins. (Dutton, $25.95.)An economist and businessman’s account of how global corruption helped strengthened the American Empire.

19 Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi. (Norton, $49.95.) A voluminous effort to silence all Kennedy assassination theorists.

20 Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions Of Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. (Little, Brown, $29.99.) Two New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters detail Clinton’s personal political career.

Rankings reflect aggregated sales for the weeks ending May 26 through June 16, 2007 at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets nationwide); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.


In my opinion, “The Reagan Diaries” is a wonderful follow-up to “Reagan: In His Own Hand.” Even if you were not a Reagan fan, his memoirs are intriguing and inspiring. On the left side, I hear that Gore’s “The Assault On Reason” is another good read.

So many books, so little time for me to read. 😦

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