By EW Staff
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

‘WAR’ BREAKS OUT

Hawks and doves alike are bullish on Bush at War, so Bob Woodward’s behind-the-scenes report debuts at No. 1. After two printings, 630,000 copies of the book are out, practically pre-sold in a tightly coordinated publicity blitz. On Nov. 17, a first serial in The Washington Post and a 60 Minutes spot started a campaign guaranteed to reach every policy wonk in the USA. Also inside the Beltway — in a schlock fiction kind of way — see how James Patterson’s D.C.-set Four Blind Mice runs all the way to the top of the fiction list.

FICTION WEEKS ON LIST

1 FOUR BLIND MICE James Patterson, Little, Brown, $27.95 1 2 SKIPPING CHRISTMAS John Grisham, Doubleday, $14.95 20 3 THE LOVELY BONES Alice Sebold, Little, Brown, $21.95 22 4 CHESAPEAKE BLUE Nora Roberts, Putnam, $25.95 3 5 VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS Janet Evanovich, St. Martin’s, $19.95 3 6 REVERSIBLE ERRORS Scott Turow, FSG, $28 4 7 THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN David Baldacci, Warner, $19.95 3 8 ANSWERED PRAYERS Danielle Steel, Delacorte, $26.95 4 9 BLACKWOOD FARM Anne Rice, Knopf, $26.95 4 10 QUENTINS Maeve Binchy, Dutton, $25.95 4

NONFICTION

1 BUSH AT WAR Bob Woodward, Simon & Schuster, $28 1 2 PORTRAIT OF A KILLER: JACK THE RIPPER — CASE CLOSED Patricia Cornwell, Putnam, $27.95 2 3 LEADERSHIP Rudolph W. Giuliani with Ken Kurson, Miramax, $25.95 8 4 JOURNALS Kurt Cobain, Riverhead, $29.95 3 5 A LONG WAY FROM HOME: GROWING UP IN THE AMERICAN HEARTLAND Tom Brokaw, Random House, $24.95 3 6 WHO SAYS ELEPHANTS CAN’T DANCE? INSIDE IBM’S HISTORIC TURNAROUND Louis V. Gerstner Jr., HarperBusiness, $27.95 2 7 WHO MOVED MY CHEESE? Spencer Johnson, Putnam, $19.95 151 8 MY LOSING SEASON Pat Conroy, Doubleday, $27.95 6 9 SANDY KOUFAX Jane Leavy, HarperCollins, $23.95 8 10 I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT Charles Barkley, Random House, $22.95 3

SOURCE: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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