President George W. Bush held onto the top slot in Amazon.com's book rankings this week with his political memoir, Decision Points. For the third straight week, his sales beat out those of other recent authors with White House aspirations—including President Obama.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s America By Heart slipped from No. 2 to No. 22 on the charts in its second week out. Her book remains highest-ranked of any of the potential 2012 presidential contenders, although the numbers were inflated slightly by the $64,975 her PAC spent on copies for donors. Palin once again trails President Obama's children’s book, Of Thee I Sing, which slipped a bit in the last two weeks and now sits at No. 19.
Other politicians don't fare as well. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., who has been actively exploring a possible race, saw his historical fiction novel on George Washington, Valley Forge, drop to No. 156 on the list from No. 75 two weeks ago.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., who has said he won’t run for president next year but is still considered a possible vice presidential candidate, sits at No. 751 with his memoir and policy combo, Leadership and Crisis. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., trails Obama in the battle of the children’s books, sitting at No. 1,612 on the overall list with his illustrated Can't Wait Till Christmas!
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, has seen his manifesto, Fed Up, drop to No. 1,838 overall. Perry earlier this month was elected chair of the Republican Governors Association.
National Journal will continue to monitor the book race in upcoming weeks. As of today, it seems nationally known figures continue to dominate the dark horses, not just in the polls but on the bookshelves.