Political Books Best-Seller ListBy ORVILLE BUDDO
“Decision Points” by George W. Bush makes it debut on top of the best-seller list for political books, while “Spoken From the Heart” by his wife, Laura, is at No. 11.
One of the crises of Mr. Bush’s presidency — the financial meltdown of 2008 — is the subject of two other books on the list: “All The Devils Are Here” by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, which is No. 6, and “Griftopia” by Matt Taibbi, at No. 13.
This is the full list of political best sellers:
1 Decision Points by George W. Bush. (Crown, $35.) The former president’s memoir discusses his Christianity, his drinking, his family relationships and challenges of his presidency including 9/11, Iraq and Katrina.
2 Broke by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe. (Threshold/Mercury Radio Arts, $29.99.) The Fox News host presents a plan for fixing the country financially that seeks to unite Americans around the concept of shared sacrifice.
3 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. (Random House, $27.) An Olympic runner’s story of survival as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War II.
4 America By Heart by Sarah Palin. (Harper/HarperCollins, $25.99.) The former vice-presidential candidate reflects on family, faith and patriotism.
5 Pinheads And Patriots by Bill O’Reilly. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $27.99.) The Fox News commentator scrutinizes the meaning of change in the era of Obama.
6 All The Devils Are Here by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. (Portfolio/Penguin, $32.95.) Two business journalists examine the financial crisis of 2008.
7 Trickle Up Poverty by Michael Savage. (Morrow/HarperCollins, $26.99.) The radio host criticizes Obama’s policies on the borders, the economy and security.
8 Washington by Ron Chernow. (Penguin Press, $40.) A biog¬raphy of the first president.
9 Colonel Roosevelt by Edmund Morris. (Random House, $35.) The third and concluding volume of Morris’s monumental biography of Theodore Roosevelt.
10 The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin. (Gallery, $28.) The events leading up to and after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, as told by the Secret Service agents in charge his safety.
Rankings reflect aggregated sales for the weeks ending Nov. 6 through Nov. 27, 2010, at many thousands of venues where a wide range of general interest books are sold nationwide. These include hundreds of independent book retailers (statistically weighted to represent all such outlets nationwide); national, regional and local chains; online and multimedia entertainment retailers; university, gift, supermarket, discount, department stores and newsstands. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book’s sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above. A dagger (†) indicates that some bookstores report receiving bulk orders. Expanded rankings are available on the Web: nytimes.com/books.