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BOOK WORLD - September 5, 2010

Best Sellers

With the political scene heating up as the mid-term elections loom, new titles (from both the left and the right) will begin peppering the political bestseller list in earnest over the next several months.

Out of the gate at this, the unofficial end of summer, is David Limbaugh's harsh critique of the Obama administration from conservative publisher Regnery, debuting at #1. The publishing house is enjoying some rather strong sales of late with a number of titles achieveing bestseller status as the anti-Obama / Democrats fervor reaches a new level of ferocity. Just look at New Gingrich's latest (published back in May) bouncing back on the list this week, as it has done a number of times over the summer.

A surprise is Dick Armey's Tea Party manifesto falling from #1 to #4 on this list, and off the general nonfiction list completely (of the top 50 nonfiction titles sold last week, it ranked #42). Perhaps an indication that it had a limited appeal? Or that the Tea Party folks, surely a target market, already knew who they were and what they believed?

1. Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama
(Regnery, $29.95). By David Limbaugh

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

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

4. Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto
(Morrow, $19.99). By Dick Armey & Matt Kibbe

5. Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War
(Metropolitan, $25). By Andrew J. Bacevich

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

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

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

Drawn from Book World's bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending August 29 (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  |  September 4, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Politics Best Sellers  
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