Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Books! Books! Books! everywhere Books!

Does anyone find it interesting that every major news story in America seems to breed a book about it?
- The war on Christmas: “The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought” by Fox News Anchor John Gibson

- “Spygate”: STATE OF WAR: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration” by NY Times reporter James Risen

- “Plamegate”: “The Politics of Truth” by Joe Wilson

- “Memoegate”: Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power” by former CBS producer Mary mapes

- “Terri Schiavo”: Silent Witness : The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death by Mark Fuhrman

- “Papal Transition”: The Rise of Benedict XVI: The Inside Story of How the Pope Was Elected and Where He Will Take the Catholic Church” by Fox News contributor John l. Allen Jr

- “Iraq”: The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq by John Crawford

- “Supreme Court”: Men In Black: How the Supreme Court Is Destroying America by Marl Levin

- “Oil Shocks”: The End Of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New Worldby Paul Roberts

- “London Bombings”: 7 - 7: The London Bombings: What Went Wrong? By Crispin Black

- “Tsunami” Love Always, Petra, by Petra Nemcova

All the top 10 stories of 2005 – according to the AP – have a book attached to it. Each and everyday the news shows are replete with this author, that author, all pushing a book about something. Whenever a story involving an individual pops up – Judith Miller going to prison etc – one can expect a book not to be far behind. My friends and I find ourselves – and this is a reflex action – cynically retorting, “book deal” whenever we hear a new news story.

I wonder if in my cynicism I fail to see the bigger picture, people want to read these books, these books are not being written for naught, they are believed to be commercially viable and worth the read (to some people), one can only appreciate a people (Americans) who never seem to tire of reading.


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