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“Obama’s Wars” – how big a best seller?

Who wouldn’t want to sell books the way Bob Woodward does? He’s been doing it for years, and if history is any indication his latest -- “Obama’s Wars” -- will rack up huge numbers. A third and final excerpt appears in today’s Washington Post.

With the book coming out strong into a contentious election year, "Obama's Wars" could track Woodward’s earlier best sellers. But the very term best seller is itself often inadequate in describing the real firepower of a title. To hop onto the Washington Post best seller list in a given week, a book can sell as little as a couple hundred copies in the DC area.

The Woodward titles dwarf many average best sellers. For instance, “The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008,” which was published in 2008, has sold to date 165,000 copies in both hardcover and paper, according to Nielsen BookScan. Large as the number sounds, it is small by Woodward standards, possibly because it was his fourth book on the Bush White House at war, and by then the public appetite may have been waning.

By comparison, the previous book, “State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III,” published in 2006, has sold 543,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen BookScan. “Plan of Attack: The Definitive Account of the Decision to Invade Iraq,” published in 2004, has sales so far of 518,000 copies. The first in the series, “Bush at War,” which came out in 2002, has sold 586,000 copies.

So there are best sellers – and then there are Woodward best sellers.

By Steven E. Levingston  | September 29, 2010; 6:01 AM ET
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Woodward is a strange bird. He is portrayed as a young, innocent, perhaps naive "cub reporter", but Robert Woodward was much more than that, and more than most folk in his life.

No cub reporter, Woodward was previously a Naval Intelligence Officer stationed on a spy ship in the Caribbean, when he was tapped to be the officer responsible for giving the daily intelligence briefing to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon, then going to the White House every morning to brief the National Security Council. How naive does that sound? How did he wind up as a low-paid reporter, just in time for this job?

Woodward was part of a Silent Coup that got rid of Nixon, using Watergate. Nixon and Kissinger schemed to sell us out to the North Vietnamese, and used the Navy secret communications system called Backchannel to do it. The Navy read the messages, and the rest is history. We do not know who took Woodward out of uniform and put him in the costume and person of the"cub reporter", but it worked, didn't it?

This is no dream or nightmare, it is documented fact. If you can find the book Silent Coup, look it up. The testimonies of the facts are done under oath. For example the one who testified about Woodward briefing the Joint Chiefs was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs himself, Admiral Crowe.

So, . . . who runs our country?

Posted by: gkam | September 29, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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