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BOOK WORLD - August 1, 2010

Best Sellers

This is the shortest roster of bestselling political titles we've posted since we began compiling a list earlier this year (based on the top 50 nonfiction hardcover titles sold each week). Perhaps it's the time of year -- August is always a slow political month in Washington, as Congress decamps for a lengthy holiday and many of those who do business on the Hill follow suit. And publishers, too, scale back gearing up for the heavy lists debuting in the fall ...
That leaves Laura Ingraham riding high a top our political list, with no other newcomers to offer any competition. But that won't last long ...

1. The Obama Diaries (Threshold Editions, $25)
By Laura Ingraham

2. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
(Norton, $27.95). By Michael Lewis

3. War (Twelve, $26.99). By Sebastian Junger

4. Spoken from the Heart
(Scribner, $30). By Laura Bush

5. Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves
(Thomas Dunne, $26.99). By Bill Press

6. More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite
(Penguin Press, $29.95). By Sebastian Mallaby

7. The Promise: President Obama, Year One
(Simon & Schuster, $28). By Jonathan Alter

Drawn from Book World's bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending July 25 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2010 by Nielsen BookScan.

By Christopher Schoppa  |  August 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Politics Best Sellers  
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Please explain why you consider Laura Ingraham's book of invented Obama diaries a work of non-fiction.

Posted by: polprof | August 2, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

exactly polprof! you are so right! the assistant manager at the independent bookstore I work at catagorized and received "Obama Diaries" to be stocked in the humor department, exactly where it should go.Yet another book bought in bulk pre-release by conservative groups that results in landing on the bestseller list. We sold more copies of "Going Rouge" then we did of "Going Rogue".

Posted by: katem1 | August 2, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

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