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Any Fool Can Buy a Book, And Many Do

As you may have heard, I stopped reading your anonymous tips, but every once in a while Andy will forward one for my opinion, or I’ll go looking in my trash box for another message I accidentally deleted and something’ll catch my eye… Anyway, somebody felt a pressing need for a veil of secrecy to inform us that Politico blogger Ben Smith looked into the sales figures for Obama Nation, and according to Nielsen Bookscan, it shifted at least 40,000 copies last week—”vastly outstripp[ing] other recent political titles, notably books critical of John McCain.” Smith cites two recent books by David Brock and Matt Welch, neither of which achieved one-tenth of Jerome Corsi‘s popularity at the cash register.

Of course, if conservatives weren’t spending so much money on heavily-marketed books like Obama Nation and David Freddoso‘s The Case Against Barack Obama, they might have had a little more to give to their actual presidential candidate—but, as it happens, Obama raised nearly twice as much as McCain in July, $52 million to $27 million. It’s almost enough to make you wonder about their ability to set financial priorities.

Or maybe it’s just that conservatives are prone to the cult of personality when picking demons as well as heroes—or they attack people because they don’t have anything substantive to say about policy? The circumstantial evidence of the NY Times nonfiction bestseller lists would appear to suggest that liberal readers, on the other hand, are more interested in issues than candidate-bashing: Among the ten top-selling hardcovers, we find Ron Suskind‘s The Way of the World, Jane Mayer‘s The Dark Side, and Vincent Bugliosi‘s The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder—all of which appear to have become bestsellers without the artificial prop of bulk orders upon which Corsi and Freddoso have relied, along with (oddly enough) Tori Spelling.

(There’s also Dick Morris‘s Fleeced, but I think most of us have figured out by now that Morris’s ideology isn’t liberal or conservative, it’s whatever brand of populism is currently in fashion.)

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Will Bugliosi Help Impeach Bush?

Vincent Bugliosi, author of the bestselling book The Prosecution Of George W. Bush For Murder (Vanguard Press)is appearing today before the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Hearing – “The Imperial Presidency of George W. Bush and Possible Legal Responses.”

According to CNW (I thought our neighbors to the north would be a bit more impartial):

“If George Bush, as I believe, took this nation to war in Iraq on a lie, causing catastrophic repercussions on a scale far larger than the horror of 9/11, what should we, as a nation, do about it?” asks Bugliosi. On Friday, Bugliosi will present evidence to the House Committee on the Judiciary that he believes proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the Bush administration knowingly misled the nation into war. Bugliosi will site documentary evidence that proves the administration knew Hussein was not an imminent threat, yet told the nation the exact opposite in its criminal effort to convince Americans of the need to go to war.

After 1,612 Pages, the Same Old Conclusion

The New York Times’ Edward Wyatt has a lengthy interview with Vincent Bugliosi, the former LA-based prosecutor whose account of the Manson murders, HELTER SKELTER brought him fame and bestselling fortune. Now Bugliosi’s new and mammoth project is a one-million word reference book on who killed President Kennedy – and his answer, after all that research, all those interviews and all that spilled ink, is that Lee Harvey Oswald was the culprit and acted alone.

Why would such a simple conclusion require so much argument, asks Wyatt? “Because of the unceasing and fanatical obsession of thousands of researchers over the last 43 years, from around the world but mostly in the United States,” Bugliosi said. “Examining under a high-powered microscope every comma, every period, every detail on every conceivable issue, and making hundreds and hundreds of allegations, they have transformed this simple case into its present form.” Bugliosi delved into the assassination files after taking part in a mock trial of Oswald in the UK in 1986, producing the mammoth manuscript (with an extra 1,000 pages of endnotes included in an accompanying CD.)

Bugliosi didn’t intend for the book to be read in one sitting, but for those who do, one conclusion will be inescapable. “It’s my view that it’s impossible for any reasonable, rational person to read this book without being satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt that Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone,” he said. And though Bugliosi does not believe he will convince all the conspiracy-minded people out there. But as for the 75 percent who believe there was more to it than Oswald, he said, “I think we’re going to knock it down substantially.”