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BOOK WORLD - August 8, 2010

Best Sellers

Another short poli-sci list as the quiet (and excessively) hot month of August rolls forward ...

Newt Gingrich's prescription for America's ills has popped back on the list (it's been off and on over the past several months) ... perhaps it's due to his recent turn in the limelight over the controversy of a mosque in Lower Manhattan?

Laura Ingraham is still enjoying the #1 spot. Folks have been wondering why a book of admittedly phony diary entries (by the president) merits inclusion on the nonfiction list. The diary is a gimmick, a form of satire that Ingraham uses to get her point across (whether they're funny or not depends on your point of view, I suppose), but there are equal parts of her own writing in the book as she lays out her case for why Obama is so dreadful.
For more, see our own Steve Levingston's review this coming Sunday, August 8.

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. To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine
(Regnery, $29.95). By Newt Gingrich

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

6. Lyndon B. Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 36th President, 1963-1969
(Times, $23). By Charles Peters

7. Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
(Penguin Press, $29.95). By P.W. Singer

Drawn from Book World's bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending August 1 (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 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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