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Political Best Seller List Debuts

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The New York Times has launched a new Best Seller List for Political books and it's available online only. This move is surely meant to drive more traffic to their site and also the political list being online will hit a smaller number of people - including those who are say savvy to politics, being online, and the New York Times.

So just what are the pundits reading these days? Here are this week's top hardcover (paperback is available on the web site too, updated weekly):

Hardcover Political Best Sellers

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1 THE WORLD IS FLAT, by Thomas L. Friedman. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $30.) A columnist for The Times analyzes 21st-century economics and foreign policy.

2 * THE LOOMING TOWER, by Lawrence Wright. (Knopf, $27.95.) The road to 9/11 as seen through the lives of terrorist planners and the F.B.I. counter-terrorism chief.

3 STATE OF EMERGENCY, by Patrick J. Buchanan. (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, $24.95). The conservative commentator argues that unchecked immigration means that the American Southwest is being reconquered by Mexico, and offers a border-security plan.

4 FIASCO, by Thomas E. Ricks. (The Penguin Press, $27.95.) How the Bush administration's and the military's failure to understand the developing Iraqi insurgency contributed to its further growth.

5 HUBRIS, by Michael Isikoff and David Corn. (Crown, $25.95). The planning and marketing of the invasion of Iraq, featuring the president, administration officials, neoconservatives, Iraqi exiles and credulous journalists.

6 BANKRUPT, by David Limbaugh. (Regnery, $27.95.) The intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the Democratic Party, by a lawyer and syndicated columnist.

7 DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE, by Anderson Cooper. (HarperCollins, $24.95.) The CNN correspondent describes covering the tsunami in Sri Lanka, the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina.

8 STATIC, by Amy Goodman and David Goodman. (Hyperion, $23.95.) Government liars, media cheerleaders and the people who fight back.

9 GODLESS, by Ann Coulter. (Crown Forum, $27.95.) The columnist argues that liberalism is a religion with sacraments, a creation myth and a clergy.

10 WAKE-UP CALL : The Political Education of a 9/11 Widow, by Kristen Breitweiser. (Warner, $24.99.) How the outspoken activist and critic of the current White House administration came to be that way.

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11 THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (and 202 Strong Contenders), by Keith Olbermann. (Wiley, $22.95.) The host of MSNBC's Countdown rounds up a roster of moral, political and social offenders, more than half of them tied to the administration and those who cover it.

12* ON BECOMING FEARLESS, by Arianna Huffington. (Little, Brown, $21.99.) The online opinionator and 2003 candidate for governor of California, shares her secrets for being bold no matter the bruises.

13 ENOUGH: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and the Culture of Failure that Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can do About It, by Juan Williams (Crown, $25 ). The NPR and Fox News host weighs in.

14 THE ONE PERCENT DOCTRINE, by Ron Suskind. (Simon & Schuster, $27.) The role of ideology and personality in the Bush administration's decision to go to war.

15 THE SHIA REVIVAL, by Vali Nasr. (Norton, $25.95.) American foreign policy and conflicts in the middle east.

16. * CONSERVATIVES WITHOUT CONSCIENCE, by John W. Dean. (Viking, $25.95.) The authoritarian character of contemporary conservative beliefs and attitudes.

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