Blago, the Author: Beware of Your Readers

Prepare for more Blagojevich sightings. Just as the disgraced former Illinois governor had faded from the scene, HE'S BACK! His book, "The Governor: The Truth Behind the Political Scandal That Continues to Rock the Nation," is due out Sept. 8 but is already available for pre-orders on Amazon, climbing to 2,179 on the site's best seller list.

Amazon customers are letting their opinions of the man be known by attaching tags to the book to help direct others to the title. You can search books on Amazon by tags, words you type into a tag search box, which take you to books that have been similarly designated.

For instance, the three books appearing under the tag "moron" are: "Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream" by Samuel J. Wurzelbacher and Thomas N. Tabback, "Sarah: How a Hockey Mom Turned the Political Establishment Upside Down" by Kaylene Johnson, and Blagojevich's "The Governor."

Customers have hit "The Governor" with 78 derisive tags, among them: "delusional," "crook," "fraud," "twit" and "weasel."

The publisher, Phoenix, sees it differently. The book is "a clarion cry," "a lament," "the most comprehensive look to date at the life of a twice-elected public official in the notoriously complicated world of Illinois politics," according to the publisher. Not only that, "It is a proclamation that one man will not be silenced, that his side of the story must be heard and that the fight for American liberties and freedom must sometimes occur within its own borders."

Haven't we already heard Blagojevich's proclamation at press conferences, in the street, on Larry King Live? Now we'll have what's old all freshened up again. The book will put him before the cameras for yet another close-up. What's the first thing likely to pop into mind? Wiretapping? Dirty politics? Racketeering? An Amazon customer has already tagged it for us: "big hair."

By Steven E. Levingston |  July 30, 2009; 1:37 PM ET
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