Oh, Really, O’Reilly: bridging the U.S. political bestsellers

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Lew Perelman just sent me a link of a new graphic by Valdis Krebs of orgnet.com, which illustrates a social network of current bestselling political books. There are links between books which were most commonly bought (and presumably read) by the same person. Not surprisingly, you see a red cluster and a blue cluster. Only two books bridge the two: Bob Woodward’s Bush At War and Robert Baer’s Sleeping with the Devil (subtitled: “How Washington Sold our Soul For Saudi Crude”, which I read and highly recommend).

There are perhaps many other books which bridge the political divide that are not as widely marketed. Matthew Miller’s “The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love” has been praised by the likes of Paul Krugman and David Brooks, yet is 9000 places behind Baer’s book on Amazon’s sales rankings.