Books show where the intensity is in 2012 election

Washington Times:
It’s a good thing President Obama already has written two autobiographies; otherwise, he would have a hard time finding a kind word on the bookshelves.

The publishing industry is pumping out anti-Obama books authored by conservatives in numbers normally reserved for young-adult novels about teenage vampires. More than 30 nonfiction titles blasting the president have been released by publishers this year, with several more hotly anticipated works expected to hit bookstores before the Nov. 6 election.

You might expect to see a similar deluge of pro-Obama books by liberal authors, but it’s not even close. The only laudatory book about the president to crack the best-seller list in the past month is “The New New Deal” by Michael Grunwald.

Why the disparity?

“It’s simple: This is where the money is to be made,” said Aaron Klein, author of “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed,” which is No. 18 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list. “This angle is selling books, so obviously, publishers are going to be publishing more on the anti-Obama side of the scale.”

Analysts attribute the boom to several factors, including intense interest in and dissatisfaction with Mr. Obama, the heightened attention on presidential politics in an election year and moves by major publishers to reach out to conservative readers.

Not all of the best-sellers about the president take sides. “Barack Obama: The Story” by David Maraniss examines the president’s family history and upbringing, while “The Price of Politics” by Bob Woodward, slated for release Tuesday, goes behind the scenes of the 2011 debt-ceiling debate.

Compare that with titles too numerous to list that are critical of the president, starting with “The Amateur” by Edward Klein, a best-seller that was knocked off the top spot this week by “Obama’s America,” the second anti-Obama book by Dinesh D'Souza.

Also available are “The Great Destroyer” by David Limbaugh, the brother of talk-show titan Rush Limbaugh; “The New Leviathan” by David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin; “No Higher Power” by Phyllis Schlafly and George Neumayr; “Spreading the Wealth” by Stanley Kurtz; “The Corruption Chronicles” by Tom Fitton; and the forthcoming “Mugged” by Ann Coulter.

That is a partial list of major anti-Obama titles by well-known conservative authors released since June. A state-by-state “heat map” drawn up by Amazon confirms the trend, showing that readers buy more conservative books than liberal books, even in Democrat-heavy states such as Connecticut and Maryland.

Amazon reports that 57 percent of its political sales are “red,” or conservative, books, while 43 percent are “blue,” or liberal, books. Readers in only six states buy more blue than red books, according to the online map, which is updated hourly. 
There is a hunger for information about the President that is not being fed by the mainstream media so the book publishers are filling that gap.While the Maraniss and Woodward books don't take sides it would be hard to call their work flattering of the President.

Obama has been more than just a disappointment to these book purchasers.  He has been a divisive figure who is doing things they passionately believe will destroy the country and he has not even bothered to counter their concerns.  When he mentions them at all it is to mock them.  That only stirs their passions more deeply. If he is able to somehow pull out a win, he is deluding himself if he thinks these voters are going to want to work with him on anything.


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