Buchanan Book A "Surprise Bestseller"?
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August 21, 2006, 08:24 PM
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Pat Buchanan`s new book is now up to #2 on[State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America]

I expect it to be a "surprise bestseller," not in the sense that it surprises you and me, but in the sense that the liberal media are always surprised when a book by a conservative does well. State Of Emergency

This is Ann Coulter`s list of "Surprise bestsellers" from Slander. I`ve omitted Kevin Michael Grace`s entry from list, since he insists he doesn`t belong there, but it doesn`t invalidate Coulter`s basic point. Here`s her list:

The reluctance of the mainstream publishing houses to publish conservative books stems from two factors: (1) the public seems to like them; and (2) they are often profitable for the publisher. Unable to learn from the second kick of a mule (or the third, fourth, or twentieth), the elite media invariably describe the frequent conservative best-sellers as "surprise bestsellers." It`s been the same surprise for twenty years. Excluding alternative phraseologies such as "a bigger hit than anticipated" (Dan Quayle`s Standing Firm: A Vice-Presidential Memoir) or "an unexpected success" (The Real Anita Hill), here is a partial list of conservative books that have been described in the mainstream media as "surprise best-sellers" (italics added):

  • "Another surprise national bestseller is Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-Up... in fact, president Al Regnery says it`s been No. 1 most of the summer."

    Washington Post

  • "The Closing of the American Mind... became a surprise best seller"and "Allan Bloom`s surprise 1987 bestseller, The Closing of the American Mind.. ."

    New York Times

    Alan Bloom "detonated a cultural bomb when he published the surprise best seller The Closing of the American Mind."


  • "... such surprise bestsellers as Dinesh D`Souza`s Illiberal Education and David Brock`s expose The Real Anita Hill..."

    United Press International

  • "Parliament of Whores remains a surprise best seller."


  • "The hilarious Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life & Times, by James Finn Garner has become a surprise best seller."

    USA Today

  • "Last year, Chicago writer James Finn Garner`s Politically Correct Bedtime Stories became a surprise bestseller."

    U.S. News & World Report

  • "The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, a scathing indictment of regulatory law and a surprise best seller."

    New York Times

  • "The book, Unlimited Access, with its fierce and often undocumented critique of the Clinton White House by retired FBI agent Gary Aldrich, is a surprise best-seller."

    National Public Radio

  • "... in [Robert Bork`s] new, surprise bestseller, Slouching Toward Gomorrah."

    Chicago Tribune

  • "Inspired by The Book of Virtues, a surprise best seller edited by former Secretary of Education William Bennett..."

    Buffalo News [Dallas Morning News]

  • "Stephen E. Ambrose`s Undaunted Courage, a scholarly history book that extols the accomplishments of dead white males, was the surprise best seller of 1996."


  • "... the surprise bestselling impeachment guidebook High Crimes and Misdemeanors ..." U.S. News & World Report
  • "[The Conservative Party British prime minister`s] 774-page memoir, titled John Major: The Autobiography... is already a surprise best seller in Britain." USA Today
  • "[Flags of Our Fathers, the story of the six young men who raised a flag on Iwo Jima] is the surprise runaway nonfiction best seller of the season."

    New York Times

  • "... the surprise best-seller The O`Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life..."

    Entertainment Weekly

  • "Books by conservatives are hot these days, but it still comes as a surprise to see that Bernard Goldberg`s Bias has bounced to the top of the New York Times best-seller list."