Posted by: bj | September 23, 2009

Liberty and Tyranny


Mark Levin’s ‘Liberty and Tyranny,’ Dominates Bestseller List in Year of Obama
CNSNews ^ | August 6, 2009 | By Fred Lucas

Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009 12:50:18 PM by MaestroLC

While President Barack Obama and Congress have been pushing ahead with an agenda that would dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government, a book advocating strictly limited government has been riding at the top of the nonfiction bestseller lists.

Over the past 19 weeks, Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” has never ranked lower than No. 3 on The New York Times best seller list—and it ranked No. 3 for only one of those weeks. The book has been No. 1 on the list for 12 weeks, and No. 2 for six.

It has already sold over  1,000,000 copies, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, and there are 1,185,000 in print. If the New York Times bestseller list is the standard, “Liberty and Tyranny” is indisputably the hottest non-fiction book published in 2009.

The book is also currently the top nonfiction best seller as measured by the Nielson Book Scan list for the month.

“Liberty and Tyranny’s” tremendous sales have come despite the fact that the establishment media has ignored it.

“Mark never went on NBC. He’s never been asked. He never went on ABC. He’s never been asked. He’s never been asked to be on CBS,” conservative talk show host Sean Hannity told

“As far as I know,” said Hannity, “he’s never been asked to be on the other two liberal cable networks. To have these kinds of sales numbers and to be totally and utterly and completely ignored by the mainstream media–I mean it was, what, 13 weeks on the New York Times best seller list before the Philly Inquirer did a piece on it.”

A Nexis search shows that the book has never been reviewed by the nation’s largest newspapers, including The Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, published in the metropolitan area where Levin grew up and attended college and law school, did publish a July 16 news story on the book’s success.

“Levin’s radio listeners, accustomed to his snarling putdowns, might be disappointed,” the liberal-leaning Inquirer reported. “For ‘Liberty and Tyranny’ is exactly as advertised, a conservative manifesto, a collection of serious, scholarly essays that seek to define the essence of conservatism.”

Levin admits he is surprised and “very blessed” to be on track to sell 1 million books, something that rarely happens with political books, particularly those focusing on political philosophy.

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