Conservative Bestsellers Galore
It's a conservative takeover -- of the bestseller list. The onslaught intensified last week with two new entrants.
Michelle Malkin's "Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies" debuted at No. 2 on The Washington Post Bestseller list, while "Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism" by Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) showed up in its first week at No. 9.
Still holding its longtime spot is Mark R. Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto," which came in at No. 5.
Dick Morris's "Catastrophe - 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" slipped below the top 10, but not far. "Catastrophe" came in last week at No. 11.
The authors and their allied commentators will tell you that the phenomenal rise of these titles is no thanks to the established media which tends not to review them and typically dismisses them as nothing more than conservative tracts.
Here at Book World, we do things differently. Allow me to introduce Voices of the Right --in their own words conservatives critique their hot books.
"Culture of Corruption"
Michelle Oddis on humanevents.com, which bills itself as headquarters of the conservative underground, says: "If the Obama Administration's historic over-spending, taxing and expansion of government in the past six months already have your blood boiling, take two aspirin and read Michelle Malkin's 'Culture of Corruption.' Could things be any worse for America than they are now? Malkin's extensive research tells us that 'Yes, they can.'"
The American Family News Network, a Christian news service that operates onenewsnow.com, says: "As in 1776, DeMint believes Americans must choose between freedom and oppression. His book outlines what people can do to help preserve individual liberty and personal responsibility."
"Liberty and Tyranny"
CNSNews.com, a unit of the Media Research Center, which is dedicated to fighting a liberal news bias, says: "Levin, a constitutional lawyer who served as chief of staff to Attorney General Ed Meese in the Reagan Justice Department, wrote a book that exhibits an expertise in history, economics, and philosophy while explaining contemporary public policy issues."
Christopher Ruddy, founder of the conservative Website newsmax.com, says: "One of the reasons I like Dick Morris is that he has an uncanny ability to predict the future." Ruddy outlines how right he believes Morris has already been on the stimulus plan, mortgage rates and the purchase of toxic assets.
If Dick Morris is so good at prediction, I wonder if he can tell us how conservatives will portray liberals six months from now, a year from now, 20 years from now? What about their future view of the mainstream media? This, I'll venture, is a case where prediction is written in history.
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