Pat Buchanan's new book is now up to #2 on Amazon.com.[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.
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."
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
U.S. News & World Report
New York Times
National Public Radio
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." Newsweek