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John McCain Ponders Sarah Palin Memoir

images.jpegRecently at the Washington Ideas Festival, former presidential Senator John McCain fielded some questions about his expectations and worries about Sarah Palin‘s upcoming memoir.

Since Palin’s “Going Rogue: An American Life” is named after a label placed on the former Alaskan governor by an angry McCain staffer, the memoir promises to have some pointed insights into her failed vice-presidential bid. Via an article by Politico‘s Michael Calderone, here is McCain’s diplomatic quote: “The part I’m looking forward to most is the part where it energized our campaign, and her selection put us ahead in the polls…The part I’m looking forward to the least thing is some of the disagreements that took place within the campaign.”

In addition, Calderone’s post mentioned an ongoing debate about the mainstream media’s liberal bias when reviewing political books: “NewsBusters asks today if the mainstream media will ignore Palin’s book like this year’s best-sellers from Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and Mark Levin (which sold over 1 million copies in 2009 without a NY Times or Washington Post review). I say no.”

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Mediaite Ranks the Authors

christopher_hitchens_x200.jpgThis week every blog, newspaper, and media website in the city scrutinized the brand-new site, Mediaite.

Today’s Morning Media Menu featured the site’s senior editor Glynnis MacNicol and TV editor Steve Krakauer, talking about Michael Jackson‘s memorial service, Sarah Palin‘s resignation, and the site’s popular and controversial Power Grid.

GalleyCat took a look at the fledgling site’s book coverage, finding a story about Joe Scarborough’s bestselling book and the Power Grid’s rankings for authors like Thomas Friedman, Michelle Malkin, and Christopher Hitchens (pictured, via) in a scientific popularity contest.

Another “Unexpected” Publishing Success Story

The New York Times’ Motoko Rich reports on the bestseller status of former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell‘s LONE SURVIVOR, a dramatic memoir of his time in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s book, with 275,000 copies in print, describes how was the only one of four men on the mission to survive after a violent clash with dozens of Taliban fighters. Eight members of the Seals and eight Army special operations soldiers who came by helicopter to rescue the original four were shot down, and all aboard were killed.

So no wonder the book (which was co-authored with Patrick Robinson and bought by Little, Brown in an auction for a seven-figure advance) been doing well, but the surprise is that so far, LONE SURVIVOR has outsold books about Pat Tillman or Jessica Lynch, and that it’s crawled up to the top of the NYT Bestseller list. Less surprising is how this happened: strong support from military blogs and right-wing pundits like Michelle Malkin as well as appearances with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show with Glenn Beck on the radio and on CNN Headline News. But the media exposure helped regular readers like to find, and then buy, the book. “It’s obvious that there are some people reading it who aren’t traditional military readers,” said Mary McCarthy, director of merchandising at wholesaler Ingram Book Group.

Luttrell said that his main goal was to tell the story of his comrades who did not make it out alive. “Now I think the American public knows who they are, and now they are forever immortalized,” said Luttrell, who added that he has set up a trust with all the proceeds from the book to help the families of the dead and to donate to military charities. “Their memory will never die out, and that’s what I wanted.”