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.