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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 01/29/2011

BOOK WORLD - January 30, 2011

By Christopher Schoppa
Best Sellers

Aside from being a rather short list, one of the suprises this week is that just one of these titles (President Bush's memoir) also appears on the general nonfiction bestseller list. There is often an overlap between the two rankings, especially for the top 3-5 titles ... it's also surprising that Peter Bergen's take on the war on terror didn't make the top 10. But, the book is just out of the gate, so my guess is it's sales numbers will boost it up.

The most astonishing tidbit is Tim Pawlenty's memoir -- it debuted at #1 last week for all hardcover nonfiction books sold, and not only doesn't stay in the top 10, it sales didn't even qualify it for inclusion in the top 50 (and thus on this list, which is drawn from those figures). Not sure if that's good or bad ...

1 Decision Points (Crown, $35)
By George W. Bush

2. The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream

(Beaufort, $24.95). By Gary Shapiro

3. The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

(Free Press, $28). By Peter Bergen

4. My Father at 100

(Viking, $25.95). By Ron Reagan

5 An American Life: The Autobiography

(Simon & Schuster, $32). By Ronald Reagan

6. All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis

(Portfolio, $32.95). By Bethany Mclean & Joe Nocera


Drawn from Book World's bestseller data supplied by Nielsen BookScan for the week ending January 23, 2011 (culled from the top 50 titles sold). The chart may not be reproduced without permission from Nielsen BookScan. Copyright © 2011 by Nielsen BookScan.

By Christopher Schoppa  | January 29, 2011; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Politics Best Sellers  
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