Guess who’s still #1?

posted at 10:33 am on August 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Do you think that the person who compiles the best-seller lists in hardcover nonfiction at the New York Times might just need a hug these days, preferably from someone wearing an organic-hemp shirt with an aroma of patchouli? For the second week in a row, in the season of Hope and Change, Michelle Malkin tops the list with Culture of Corruption. In fact, the book is selling so well that it’s already in its third printing, and Amazon can barely keep it in stock. Michelle did a book-signing at the Right Online conference yesterday, among those who might have been expected to already have bought a copy of the book outlining the shady characters populating the Obama administration, and ran through the hundreds of books the publisher brought to the conference.

Afterwards, I remarked to Michelle that the media hadn’t really noted the fact that a conservative author was having this much success in Obama’s first year, which of course made Michelle laugh out loud. But perhaps it’s not so singular after all. Take a look at positions three, four, and five on the same list:

  • In the President’s Secret Service – A look at the relationship between agents and Presidents by conservative journalist Ron Kessler (who spoke at Right Online)
  • Catastrophe – Dick Morris and Eileen McGann warn about the advent of socialism and the destruction of the health-care system
  • Liberty and Tyranny – Mark Levin’s book continues to sell like hotcakes.

Bill O’Reilly’s memoirs comes in at #7, too. There isn’t one liberal manifesto on the top 15 bestsellers. There are two books on Michael Jackson, two on business success and one on the collapse of Lehman Brothers, and another on Teddy Roosevelt as the “wilderness warrior,” but not a hint of interest in anything the liberals are selling these days.

I wonder why?


Update: I didn’t even look at the paperback best-seller list until it got mentioned in the comments, but guess who’s #1 there?


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I mean that in a good way

johnnyU on August 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Upset about dissenting opinion while showing your own ignorance alert!

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Let me see, you go to a website run by someone and, you wonder why there is interest?
And, my ignorance is showing ? I know who runs a site before I insert foot in mouth.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 11:52 AM

TXMomof3 on August 16, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Don’t worry I’m not one of the spelling cops, truth is, if spell check wouldn’t have caught it, I would have prolly missed it myself. :)

abinitioadinfinitum on August 16, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I don’t go to Huffing post and wonder why they drool over Obama.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Let me see, you go to a website run by someone and, you wonder why there is interest?
And, my ignorance is showing ? I know who runs a site before I insert foot in mouth.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Dude. I was talking about interest “in general”, not just at this website. As in, her selling lots of books, which isn’t because this site is owned by her. Duh. My foot is totally in my mouth right now.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I remember when unions were good for the country…

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Success looks good on you, Michelle. I read Common Sense and Liberty and Tyranny and I’m 1/3 through Liberal Fascism. I so want to read Culture of Corruption and will as soon as I’m done with Goldberg’s book. I can’t read two books at once. I get confused and my petrifying synapses can’t take the strain. Besides, it gives me something to look forward to at a time when there seems to be little enough of that.

SKYFOX on August 16, 2009 at 11:59 AM

I remember when unions were good for the country…

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Me too…Now, they are a big business. I was a steward at my union and, HQ didn’t care about us as long as the dues rolled in.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Congrats, Michelle. Not at all surprising, it’s a very interesting and well-researched book.

Does anyone know how sales of Culture of Corruption compare to MM’s previous books?

Gilda on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Union irony…Unions lay off unionized janitors and privatize them to save money.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:55 AM

I apologize for referring to you as a troll. Maybe she is so popular because, what she says is logical and intelligent; without a teleprompter.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I understand that completely. I come here for Ed and AP. If I wanted MM I wouldn’t be here would I? Yeah the liberals want to steal your wallet but the “conservatives” in our government don’t? Wake up before you get robbed my friend. Hardly anyone in elected office is looking out for you unfortunately.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:43 AM

I think you may be missing a glaring point Calibur. If you come here to read Ed and Allah, you should be thanking Michelle Malkin—she hired them and is paying them for “your reading pleasure”.

In-depth? What analysis is needed? Left or right, Republican or Democrat, the government is corrupt. No analysis necessary. The horse is beaten. All this book does is help republicans lie to themselves about how non-corrupt their side is. Give me a break. The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Your all-inclusive strawman argument here falls on deaf ears. The government IN CHARGE AND CONTROL right now is NOT the Republican Party. The “lies” are coming from the left right now in their attempt to destroy this nation’s system of free and independent capitalism. They, (the liberal left), are spending this nation into utter ruin, and your “yeah but they all do it” is simply a poor argument IMHO.

Rovin on August 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I don’t think I’ll ever understand the interest in Michelle Malkin.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Are you jealous?

AsianGirlInTights on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

I don’t think I’ll ever understand the interest in Michelle Malkin.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Somehow I bet you are more an E Tv type or an Oprah fan.

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

I AM JUST WAITING FOR THE LIBS TO CALL FOR A FAIRNESS DOCTRINE WITH BOOKS

SOMETHING LIKE IF YOU BUY MICHELLE’S BOOK, YOU ALSO NEED TO GET A BOOK OF MARX OR ANY OF THE OTHER LEFISTS DEMAGOGES

ACTUALLY, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE AND WE CAN DECIDE 50% OF THE CONTENT OF ALL DRIVE-BY MEDIA.

mooseburger on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Union irony…Unions lay off unionized janitors and privatize them to save money.

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 12:01 PM

More union irony, no one worked harder to prevent racial integration of industrial plants (even though it would increase union rolls) than unions throughout the 20th century.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Does anyone know how sales of Culture of Corruption compare to MM’s previous books?

Gilda on August 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Invasion was #14 on the NYT best seller list. Unhinged may have been a best seller also but I don’t believe it made it into the top 15. So as far as rank goes this one is the best.

USAF_RET on August 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Thanks Michelle, for the stimulus. Oh, and thanks for contributing to the tragic demise of so many -sob- trees.

Kudos.

hillbillyjim on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

mooseburger on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Hi mooseburger! It’s hard to read with the all-caps bold. It
hurts the eyes.

AsianGirlInTights on August 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009

Don’t confuse Republicans with conservatives. They are not the same. Republicans can be conservative but few of them are right now. Democrats could be conservative, but none of them are right now. I think Zell Miller was the last one.

SKYFOX on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009

So, who did you support last November? Let me guess….starts with Ron and ends with Paul?

hillbillyjim on August 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Rovin on August 16, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I should thank Michelle? I think I should thank Ed and AP, who were writing before they were hired, and wouldn’t have been hired had their writing style and topic choice not been of high quality. Just because Michelle hired people I read doesn’t mean I’m going to buy her book.

As for my “straw man argument” I argued that Michelle’s topic is very obvious and no analysis is needed IMO. Similar to a book titled “The Sky is Still Blue, and Here’s Why”. It’s not “Yeah but they all do it”. It’s “They all do it and it sucks, don’t think you side’s feces doesn’t stink.” I’m not making excuses, I just think her book is probably redundant (Nope, haven’t read it. Don’t really feel I need to spend cash on a book in which I already know it’s contents based on all the reviews I’ve read and the title.)

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:26 PM

CNN is like a quart of crap and Fox is like 1.5 quarts of crap. Do I have to really figure why one is “better” than the other?

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM

LOL, thanks for not answering my question.

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM

TXUS on August 16, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Does Malkin’s book call out GOP corruption?

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:28 PM

AsianGirlInTights on August 16, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Your screen name FTW.

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

-_- Don’t have cable….sorry.

hillbillyjim on August 16, 2009 at 12:25 PM

It was a toss up between Paul and Nader.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Somehow I bet you are more an E Tv type or an Oprah fan.

CWforFreedom on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Try The View

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I remember when unions were good for the country…

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:57 AM

no one worked harder to prevent racial integration of industrial plants (even though it would increase union rolls) than unions throughout the 20th century.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

How do you reconcile these two posts?

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I feel like some of the people here are some of the most judgmental people I’ve ever seen. Granted there may be some small irony in that sentence but seriously. You people don’t know me from Adam and you’re already guessing who I voted for and what TV shows I watch. Before ya know it I’ll have some “witty” nickname.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble yesterday, and did not see Michelle’s book anywhere in plain sight. Not on the front tables, not in the “Best-selling Nonfiction” section… I would like to think they were just sold out, but I feel that might not be the case.

bookman on August 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

well, x-caliburn. You figured the whole thing out in its entirety. Time to move along. You are obviously a quick study.

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I wonder why?

Because the conservative voice has been so suppressed for so long that people are hungry for information not contained in the catechism.

Barack is the apotheosis of true liberalism. Now people are worried, and they should be.

PattyJ on August 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I remember when unions were good for the country…

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:57 AM

no one worked harder to prevent racial integration of industrial plants (even though it would increase union rolls) than unions throughout the 20th century.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:16 PM

How do you reconcile these two posts?

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM

Aw, (s)he’s just cranky.

hillbillyjim on August 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

And Obama is doing his best to keep this Number 1.

Keep blustering, Barry!

Stale lies du jour.

profitsbeard on August 16, 2009 at 12:42 PM

It was a toss up between Paul and Nader.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM

LOL
So, are you just visiting Earth then?

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 12:43 PM

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:38 PM

I like this guy.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:44 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:44 PM

I thank you.

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Heh. Although I haven’t been here for a long time, I’m just doing my best to help and represent the working class.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM

I wonder why?

The liberals, Katie Couric included, are too busy reading their newspapers to buy any books.

unclesmrgol on August 16, 2009 at 12:46 PM

It was a toss up between Paul and Nader.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Same here!

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:47 PM

getting my copy this week! Congrats again MM, can’t wait to read it.

tanvec on August 16, 2009 at 12:47 PM

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Yeah Cranky, if we’re not careful, people are gonna think we’re the same person signed in as two people, for the most part.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I don’t support corporate ownership of government. That alone means I can’t support Democrats. http://www.opensecrets.org. Check it out, there’s no difference between the parties.

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:41 AM

The fact that you only discovered opensecrets.org during the last election and watched Michael Moore during college reveals that your are a political neophyte. When I was in college I had a subscription to the Conservative Chronicle and there we no such thing as blogs or any other worthy web presence to easily obtain political knowledge.

So kid, spare me your arrogant, wisened sage’s demeanor as if you have some insider knowledge about the body politic. You can teach me nothing, and calling yourself an “independent” makes you nothing but a cliche, insecure, coward in my book.

ClassicCon on August 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Heh. Although I haven’t been here for a long time, I’m just doing my best to help and represent the working class.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Represent the working class? LOL!~ You are correct the rest of us are trust fund warriors.

What the hell is working class?

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Represent the working class? LOL!~ You are correct the rest of us are trust fund warriors.

What the hell is working class?

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

“Working class is a term used in academic sociology and in ordinary conversation to describe, depending on context and speaker, those employed in lower tier jobs as measured by skill, education, and compensation.”

I just googled it….

I didn’t assume anything of anyone’s income or job here. Like I said, just doing my best. My best may not be interpreted as “best” by you, and that’s fine.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:54 PM

What the hell is working class?

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:49 PM

You know, the proletariat. Haven’t you been reading the required material?

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 12:55 PM

those employed in lower tier jobs as measured by skill, education, and compensation.”

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Going by that definition I’d agree you seem like a perfectly qualified representative. Carry on!

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 12:58 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Two points:

“It’s “They all do it and it sucks, don’t think you side’s feces doesn’t stink.”

Again, which side is in full control of our government policies at the present time? Can I assume that when the Bush administration was in full control, that when you criticized the Republican’s you used this inclusive language you’re using now?

#2) I don’t recall suggesting that you purchase Malkin’s book. It was your first comment—”I don’t think I’ll ever understand the interest in Michelle Malkin” that brings into question your thought process. The interest is because of her ability to produce sites like this one and other mediums to generate debate and expose much of the deceit in our “current leadership”.

Perhaps you’ll take this as a “parting jest”—
Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

Rovin on August 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

You know, the proletariat. Haven’t you been reading the required material?

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009

Lay off him, DarkCurrent. He’s just trying to unite with the rest of the workers of the world.

SKYFOX on August 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 12:54 PM

I reject the term ‘working class’. I would ascribe that term to anyone who is able to work and of legal age to do so.

The term has been twisted to be used in class warfare, a tool of the marxists. Working class has nothing to do with a wage value, but rather the presence of a wage.

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009

Or should I have said he’s just a fellow traveler?

SKYFOX on August 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I’m actually a small business owner, but I work quite often and have worked different jobs before now. Unfortunately, I’ll never be on your level of skill or intellect so I hide my face in shame and say good day to you sir.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

You know, the proletariat. Haven’t you been reading the required material?

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 12:55 PM

Of course comrade commisar!

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I’m actually a small business owner, but I work quite often and have worked different jobs before now.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Really? What do you do? Sell Che T-shirts on the sidewalk?

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Does this mean, Dems are sheep? They just follow what BHO, Reid, Pelosi, Hollywood et all tell them?

You just have to be informed. Too bad the left does not have credible writers. But then again you have to have credible subject matter.

rlongstrat on August 16, 2009 at 1:07 PM

Rovin on August 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

I’ve assumed nothing of you and I would ask for the same respect if you’re capable. I’m not trolling and I’m not partisan I assure you. You may have known that had you known me longer than a day.

Just because Michelle owns a nice blog site doesn’t mean her book writing skills are good. But thank you for finally actually answering my question, which only Jeff has been able to do thus far. Was just curious, hence the inquiry.

daesleeper on August 16, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Yeah hence the “depending on context and speaker” part.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 1:09 PM

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Wow.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 1:10 PM

In Lewisville, Texas, Michelle’s book is out front in the Borders Book Store prominent…but maybe three blocks down and across the street in another strip mall Barnes & Noble didn’t put it out front, they just put it in a small pile in new non fiction table maybe third table back, they had new fiction table in front of that, and the carousel tables in front of those. I really expected to see her book displayed prominently up front. This is Texas folks, North Dallas area likes Michelle Malkin so I don’t know what gives. Except in a recession Barnes & Noble is not interested in making a profit?

Congratulations Michelle.

Dr Evil on August 16, 2009 at 1:13 PM

YAY.
I live just up river from Pgh.,but was unable to get to the city to get my copy sgned—DAMMIT.
Anyway,congratulations once again,Michelle.I hope to be making this same comment for many weeks to come.
In answer to your question,Ed,I’m thinking maybe that Liberals can’t read.Then again,maybe they just can’t stand reading the truth.

DDT on August 16, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Wow.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Did I nail it?

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM

DarkCurrent on August 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Ya got me.

The Calibur on August 16, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Invasion was #14 on the NYT best seller list. Unhinged may have been a best seller also but I don’t believe it made it into the top 15. So as far as rank goes this one is the best.

USAF_RET on August 16, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Thanks. Clearly MM’s on to something here.

Gilda on August 16, 2009 at 1:49 PM

I love that conservative books are selling so well, people are finally starting to seek a sense of reality!

allrsn on August 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM

The two are not mutually exclusive. There was a time in the early 20th century that unions really did improve the worker’s lives, and did not have the level of excutives and corruption they do today. At the same time, they were extremely racist. Just as is often seen in history, good and bad can occur together. I always think of Henry VIII and the English Reformation.

catlady on August 16, 2009 at 2:25 PM

I am glad to see it doing so well. I was disappointed with Ann Coulter’s last book. Seems like her writing has become more strident and less sharply clever than before..

catlady on August 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

This is a no brainer. Top of the list overwhelmed by conservative authors. We have seen that liberals dont or perhaps cant read, not even there own bills. In fact, they are a chore to comprehend for an English major. So why would the libs write, read or even buy books for that matter. They would have to be free, as usual and as evidenced by the uncanny applause from The View audience when they realized they were getting something for nothing. On the down side, Im sure the libs will try and find a way to stifle the “unfair advantage” that lib authors have over their counterparts, much in the same way they will bet trying to silence talk radio. thea answer always seems to be TAX. Tax talk radio, tax ammunition, and soon, tax hard cover non fiction books on the HYT bestseller list, and mandate that an equal amount of liberal authors must be in the top tier.

CriticalUpdate on August 16, 2009 at 2:54 PM

CriticalUpdate on August 16, 2009

They only care about “fairness” when they get to decide what is fair. They only care about “justice” when they can stick “social” or “redistributive” in front of it.
If you push for equality of outcome, then equality of opportunity (where the end result cannot be predetermined) is irrelevant.

SKYFOX on August 16, 2009 at 3:06 PM

3rd week at # 1? Congrats Michelle!…:)

dec5 on August 16, 2009 at 3:28 PM

I want to know how old are those people who say unions were once good for this country. I’ve known for more than 45 years that unions were BAD for this country and are getting WORSE for this country all the time. They are now nothing but legal extortionists. They are like the person who killed the goose that laid the golden eggs because they wanted to eat goose RIGHT NOW instead of waiting for another golden egg to be laid which would have enabled them to eat a lot of goose for a long time.

TruthToBeTold on August 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

CNN is like a quart of crap and Fox is like 1.5 quarts of crap. Do I have to really figure why one is “better” than the other?

CrankyIndependent on August 16, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Gee Cranky, you never responded when it was pointed out that you had missed the point about books being “more contemplative” than the internet, then you sling unfounded generalized accusations at both CNN and Fox in the “everybody is corrupt” stick that Liberals use to drive out discussion.

So what’s the Problem, did your President epically fail on a Health care bill, or what?

GunRunner on August 16, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Michelle Malkin is a powerhouse. Glad she is on the side of the good guys.

Geochelone on August 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM

bookman on August 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Dr Evil on August 16, 2009 at 1:13 PM

I already talked about this on another thread a couple of days ago, but I had a similar experience at my local B&N (Brentwood, TN location). I looked all over the new releases and bestsellers shelves, then all of the tables in the front of the store. Nothing…Finally, I asked the woman at customer service. She pulled it up on the computer, said, “That would be in Current Affairs.” Then she started to show me where and I asked “Isn’t it customary for new releases to be put at the front of the store?” She didn’t answer and then, when she couldn’t find it, I asked again, “Don’t they normally put new releases on the New releases shelf? Or on the bestsellers shelf? It’s currently the number one bestseller.” She turned and very testily said, “What difference does it make? Why argue about the location of a book?”

I wasn’t being hostile, but simply asking a question. So I told her, “I wasn’t arguing. I was just wondering why a store that wants to sell books would bury the current NYT number one bestseller where no one can find it. You can’t even find it.” She didn’t answer and then (in rather a huff) went to check her computer again, then went in the store room, then came back and said she couldn’t find one, but they would order it for me. I said, “No thank you. I’ll buy it somewhere else.”

I got it at Costco Friday.

pannw on August 16, 2009 at 4:09 PM

I Levin’s Book and Michelle’s. Just added Beck’s Common Sense to my Amazon shopping cart.

Barnes and Noble Classics has the Federalist. It has all the Federalsist Papers and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense in one book for about $6.00.

Good Stuff. It help clarify the Battle over States vs the Fed.

Geochelone on August 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM

The two are not mutually exclusive. There was a time in the early 20th century that unions really did improve the worker’s lives, and did not have the level of excutives and corruption they do today. At the same time, they were extremely racist. Just as is often seen in history, good and bad can occur together. I always think of Henry VIII and the English Reformation.

catlady on August 16, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Ridiculous. Unions resisted lowering of Standards, which in retrospect now seems incredibly wise. The promoting or hiring of minorities, just to fill a quota, or the lowering of standards to get them to pass, has shown to be paid back in blood over and over again. Of course our “Wise Latina” would disagree.

As for them being “good for the Country” is really over the top. Pan-Am, Eastern Airlines, Colt Manufacturing, General Motors, Chrysler, on and on the list goes; Large or small the death list of Companies unnecessary killed by Unions goes on. Corruption? Well as soon as Jimmy Hoffa’s body is recovered we can talk about Corruption. Has there ever been an institution more associated with corruption than Unions, from SEIU to the Teamsters to AFL-CIO? The early Coal Unions were shot through with World Wide Workers, who were trying to foment a Bolshevik revolution in this country.

But the best destructive argument against Union’s is the market, where unionization is a literal deathknell. Unions are dying in this country, despite the political attention given a union shop. I will do some research, but I would be willing to bet that there is a death countdown, an average time between unionization and bankruptcy.

GunRunner on August 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Geochelone on August 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM

I HAVE Levin’s Book and Michelle’s.

Geochelone on August 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Actually, a unions effect is greatest on other companies that have to compete wage wise for workers. Goldman Sachs is non-union…Bank of America, ditto, WAMU, Countrywide, all non-union. AIG non-union. Greed is universal. Was Enron union ?

Jeff2161 on August 16, 2009 at 5:38 PM

You go girl.

guest77 on August 16, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Congratulations Michelle, you have so earned this! :-)

Chuck Norton on August 16, 2009 at 8:18 PM

I guess that Gwen Ifill’s (sp?) book on Obama never had the meteoric rise that she expected.

onlineanalyst on August 16, 2009 at 8:33 PM

I requested Michelle’s book from our public library. They said they didn’t have it , so I requested that they purchase it. They did and when it arrived the demand for it was so great I was only allowed to keep it for seven days! I sped through it and was fascinated with Michelle’s scholarship and writing skill.She is a true Patriot and American and I trust her views. This is rare for a cynic like me in the age of Corrupt Obama. Great job Michelle! I’m trying to spread the word!

Marco on August 16, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Great book!

MCGIRV on August 16, 2009 at 9:33 PM

Damn! I just paid almost $30 for Michelle’s book at Borders… I should have looked at Amazon to save a ten spot! Nah…. If I did that I wouldn’t have had the pure JOY of wandering around the store for an hour just holding it out for all the Libs walking around acting pretentious to see. And get iritated by…. Tee hee…. And THAT my friends, is a GREAT bargain for a measly $10!!!

KMC1 on August 16, 2009 at 10:06 PM

I guess that Gwen Ifill’s (sp?) book on Obama never had the meteoric rise that she expected.

onlineanalyst on August 16, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Lol. Remember how she moderated one of presidential debates? Talk about media being in the tank for Barry.

TopLawyer on August 17, 2009 at 12:27 AM

Who needs to read when you can be force fed psuedo news from the View, Oprah, or the Daily Show?

jhffmn on August 17, 2009 at 12:49 AM

Went to my local, liberal, independent bookseller the other day. Spent some time perusing the “NY Times Bestseller” shelf. Made a loud, “huh.” Shaggy bookseller in cool tee + birks says “can I help you find something?”

I asked: “I can’t seem to find the #1 bestseller; are you out of stock?”

“Oh, what’s the title?”

“Culture of Corruption? Michelle Malkin?”

Tappity-tap, tap. Tap. Tap. “Oh, we don’t stock that.”

Oh, um, okay, Hey, how about Liberty and Tyranny?”

“No. Sorry. We can order it though.”

“America Alone?”

“I’m not familiar with that one.”

And so forth.

Aren’t Libs just the LEAST bit embarrassed?

Hieronymus on August 17, 2009 at 1:29 AM

Could Michelle perhaps give us a little teaser of what’s inside the book? If not actually quoting text, then how about a list of chapters.

Its not that I’m too mean to buy the book, but over here in the UK we don’t really have many opportunities to purchase American political books. The closest we get is biographies of Disraeli, or Churchill, but no real political viewpoint books. Or if there are, they seem relegated to University libraries.

Mind you, I did once get my local library to order in Ann Coulter’s book and it took them about six months. I think they didn’t approve of it.

dcpolwarth on August 17, 2009 at 5:28 AM

They don’t have Amazon in the UK? Even in a Nazi ruled third world backwater I expect they have Amazon.

Jerricho68 on August 17, 2009 at 11:08 AM

way to go MM. I’ve still got to get through Sun Tzu, The Arto of War–then The Forgotten Man by Amity Schlaes–then the original Common Sense and The Rights of Man (already read Glenn Beck’s Common Sense) and that is if I don’t keep rereading chapter’s out of Liberty and Tyranny.

strong work.

ted c on August 17, 2009 at 11:48 AM

WHAT? You mean to tell me SENATOR Barbara Boxers new book isn’t #1…or even top 5?

KJW on August 17, 2009 at 11:55 AM

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