July 11, 2010, 10:43 am
July’s Political Best Sellers
By ORVILLE BUDDO
A few new books have moved onto this month’s list of best sellers, and the steady rankings of several others through the summer months demonstrate their popularity and staying power.
New to the list is “Colossus” by Michael Hiltzik, at No. 10. The book chronicles the building of the Hoover Dam nearly 75 years ago during the Depression. While the dam was not a New Deal project, its construction created jobs in the Southwest region of the country, but not without a price. Many workers lost their lives.
Landing at No. 12 is “Rush Limbaugh (An Army Of One)” by Zev Chafets, who takes stock of the radio commentator’s attacks on President Obama and liberals.
“Seven Events That Made America America” by Larry Schweikart also moves onto the list, detailing how such things — even rock music — had a significant impact on shaping government.
The full list follows:
Poli-Books Best Seller List:
Based on sales for weeks ending June 12 through July 3, 2010
1. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis. (Norton, $27.95.) The people who saw the real estate crash coming and made billions from their foresight.
2. Spoken From The Heart, by Laura Bush. (Scribner, $30.) A memoir from the former first lady.
3. War, by Sebastian Junger. (Twelve, $26.99.) The intense lives of American soldiers in a lethal corner of Afghanistan, by the author of “The Perfect Storm.”
4. The Last Stand, by Nathaniel Philbrick. (Viking, $30.) Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
5. Empire Of The Summer Moon, by S. C. Gwynne. (Scribner, $27.50.) The story of Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches.
6. The Pacific, by Hugh Ambrose. (NAL Caliber, $26.95.) Stories of Marines and a Navy pilot during World War II; companion volume for an HBO mini-series.
7. The Promise, by Jonathan Alter. (Simon & Schuster, $28.) A look at President Obama’s decision-making process on issues like health care and the Afghanistan war.
8. To Save America, by Newt Gingrich with Joe DeSantis. (Regnery, $29.95.) How to reverse President Obama‘s policies, by the former speaker of the House of Representatives.
9. Operation Mincemeat, by Ben Macintyre. (Harmony, $25.99.) The British ruse that employed a corpse to fool the Nazis about the invasion of Sicily.
10. Colossus, by Michael Hiltzik. (Free Press, $30.) The creation of the Hoover Dam.
11. Seven Events That Made America America, by Larry Schweikart. (Sentinel,$25.95.) Co-author of “A Patriot’s History Of The United States” cites seven important events in U.S. history and their impact on shaping the nation.
12. Rush Limbaugh (An Army Of One), by Zev Chafets. (Sentinel, $25.95.) An inside look at one the most popular talk-radio personality and influential figure in the Republican Party.
13. Stones Into Schools, by Greg Mortenson. (Viking, $26.95.) Building schools, many of them for girls, in northeast Af¬ghanistan; takes up where “Three Cups of Tea” left off.
14. The Manchurian President, by Aaron Klein with Brenda J. Elliott. (WND, $25.95.) President Obama’s life and cam¬paigns are sifted for Communist and socialist ties.
15. Last Call, by Daniel Okrent. (Scribner, $30.) The rise and fall of Prohibition.