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BookNet bestsellers: Political science

As election fever approaches its highest pitch, this week’s bestsellers focus on political science. The list shows a disparity of political views, with Lawrence Martin’s largely critical Harperland appearing at #7 and Sun TV host Ezra Levant’s oil sands apologia, Ethical Oil, appearing at #13. The other Canadian titles on the list are Michael Coren’s Why Catholics Are Right (#1), Rick Hillier’s A Soldier First (#17), Benjamin Perrin’s Invisible Chains (#18), David Dyment’s Doing the Continental (#19), and Hugh W. Segal’s The Right Balance. For the two weeks ending April 24, 2011:

1. Why Catholics Are Right, Michael Coren
(McClelland & Stewart, $28.99 cl, 9780771023217)

2. 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read, Jesse Ventura
(Skyhorse Publishing/Thomas Allen & Son, $29.95 cl, 9781616082260)

3. Here On Earth: A Natural History of the Planet, Tim Flannery
(HarperCollins Canada, $32.99 cl, 9781554689811)

4. American Conspiracies, Jesse Ventura
(Skyhorse/Thomas Allen, $17.95 pa, 9781616082147)

5. The Origins of Political Order, Francis Fukuyama
(Farrar, Strauss and Giroux/D&M Publishers, $40.50 cl, 9780374227340)

6. The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century, George Friedman
(Anchor, $19.95 pa, 9780767923057)

7. Harperland: The Politics of Control, Lawrence Martin
(Viking Canada, $35 cl, 9780670065172)

8. Mighty Judgment: How the Supreme of Canada Runs Your Life, Philip Slayton
(Allen Lane Canada, $32 cl, 9780670069279)

9. Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America, James B. Stewart
(Penguin, $34.50 cl, 9781594202698)

10. The Next Decade: Where We’ve Been … And Where We’re Going, George Friedman
(Doubleday, $32 cl, 9780385532945)

11. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
(Vintage, $18.95 pa, 9780307387097)

12. The End of Faith, Sam Harris
(W.W. Norton/Penguin, $16.50 pa, 9780393327656)

13. Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands, Ezra Levant
(McClelland & Stewart, $29.99 cl, 9780771046414)

14. The Story of Stuff: The Impact of Overconsumption on the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health – And How We Can Make It Better, Annie Leonard
(Free Press/Simon & Schuster, $18.99 pa, 9781451610291)

15. Death of the Liberal Class, Chris Hedges
(Knopf Canada, $29.95 cl, 9780307400741)

16. WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, David Leigh and Luke Harding
(PublicAffairs/Login, $18.50 pa, 9781610390613)

17. A Soldier First: Bullets Bureaucrats and the Politics of War, Rick Hillier
(HarperCollins Canada, $19.99 pa, 9781554684922)

18. Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking, Benjamin Perrin
(Viking Canada, $32 cl, 9780670064533)

19. Doing the Continental: A New Canadian-American Relationship, David Dyment (Dundurn Press, $19.99 pa, 9781554887583)

20. The Right Balance: Canada’s Conservative Tradition, Hugh W. Segal (Douglas & McIntyre, $32.95 cl, 9781553655497)

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