Foreign Affairs Launches Bestseller List; Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies Leads First Monthly Sales Rankings

Foreign Affairs Launches Bestseller List; Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies Leads First Monthly Sales Rankings

April 1, 2004 4:54 pm (EST)

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Foreign Affairs is introducing a monthly bestseller list that will report the rankings of the 15 top-selling books on American foreign policy and international affairs. The magazine’s rankings will be based on sales in all 647 Barnes & Noble stores and on Barnes & (, one of the world’s leading e-commerce sites, and one of the world’s best bookselling operations online.

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Foreign Affairs will release its bestseller list at the start of each month, reporting on sales in the previous month. On the first list, reflecting sales in March, the #1 position is held by “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror,” by former counterterrorism official Richard A. Clarke, whose book was on sale for only one week of the reporting period. Other list leaders are Steve Coll’s “Ghost Wars,” Craig Unger’s “House of Bush, House of Saud,” James Mann’s “Rise of the Vulcans,” and Hans Blix’s “Disarming Iraq.”

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Rankings will be available on the magazine’s website, A version of the list will also appear in the magazine.

With a circulation of over 130,000, the bimonthly Foreign Affairs has long been considered the most influential publication on U.S foreign policy. Each year it runs over 300 book reviews, and according to a recent study, Foreign Affairs readers purchase over two million books each year.


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The top-selling hardcover books on American foreign policy and international affairs.

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1 “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror” by Richard A. Clarke (Free Press, $27.00).

2 “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001” by Steve Coll (The Penguin Press, $29.95).

3 “House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties” by Craig Unger (Scribner, $26.00).

4 “Rise of the Vulcans” by James Mann (Viking Press, $25.95).

5 “Disarming Iraq” by Hans Blix (Pantheon Books, $24.00).

6 “The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic” by Chalmers Johnson (Metropolitan Books, $25.00).

7 “The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership” by Zbigniew Brzezinski (Basic Books, $25.00).

8 “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” by Noam Chomsky

(Metropolitan Books, $22.00).

9 “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror” by David Frum and Richard Perle (Random House, $25.95).

10 “The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power” by George Soros (PublicAffairs, $22.00).

11 “Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy” by Julia Preston and Samuel Dillon (Farrar Straus & Giroux, $30.00).

12 “Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror” by Richard Minter (Regnery Publishing, $27.95).

13 “America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy” by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay (The Brookings Institution, $22.95).

14 “Surprise, Security, and the American Experience” by John Lewis Gaddis (Harvard University Press, $18.95).

15 “Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics” by Joseph S. Nye (PublicAffairs, $25.00).




The bestseller list is published monthly by Foreign Affairs magazine.

Rankings are based on national sales at Barnes & Noble stores and Barnes & ( in March 2004.




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