Dick's Bestseller

Dick Morris has hyperventilated his way to the top of the Washington Post Bestseller List.

His book, "Catastrophe," will debut this weekend atop the nonfiction list beating out last week's leader "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto" by Mark R. Levin. The book, written with Eileen McGann, is a breathless treatise with perhaps the longest subtitle in history: How Obama, Congress, and the Special Interests Are Transforming ... a Slump into a Crash, Freedom into Socialism, and a Disaster into a CATASTROPHE ... and How to Fight Back.

Between June 22 and June 28, Catastrophe sold 1,239 copies in the D.C. area, outpacing Liberty and Tyranny's 849 copies. The previous week, the Levin book sold 1,723 copies.

The design of "Catastrophe" suggests a terror high alert. It's hard to miss on retailers' shelves with its bright orange cover and black and white lettering screaming in capitals,CATASTROPHE.

Open to the first page and you begin to sweat along with the authors:

"It's time to take back our country," the book cries.

"Now," it ka-pows in a one-word paragraph.

"It's that simple. It's that urgent."

"It's time to take it back from President Barack Obama," it shrieks, "before he fully implements his radical political agenda - one that threatens our liberty, endangers our livelihood, and jeopardizes our very safety and security."

"Obama has canceled the war on terror and declared a war on prosperity," it bawls.

And finally, the scream: "It's a catastrophe."

Okay, take a breath.

But, by all means, keep reading, panting and trembling, all the way through the 300 pages to the very last line, where you're beseeched again: "The stakes literally couldn't be higher."

And have a peaceful weekend.

By Steven E. Levingston |  July 2, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
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