Five years ago today, WorldNetDaily.com rocked the media world when it became the first Internet company to launch its own book-publishing division, WND Books.
The imprint has since sparked a long list of New York Times best-sellers, including two No. 1 titles, and is still going strong with a pair of imminent potential blockbusters.
The saga of WND Books began in 2002 with Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris’ book about the court war that erupted over the contested 2000 presidential election, “Center of the Storm.”
Now as it celebrates its 5th anniversary, the book-publishing arm of WND.com, the Internet’s largest independent news site, pulls the plug on a government cover-up of North American merger plans with Jerome Corsi’s “The Late Great USA,” which is already is on the New York Times best-seller list and climbing.
Coming Sept. 11 from WND Books is Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein’s “Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists reveal their global plans – to a Jew!”
And just in time for Christmas, WND’s executive news editor Joe Kovacs presents “Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You’ve Never Been Told.”
This book will stun even longtime churchgoers who thought they knew Scripture. “Shocked” pulls no punches as it exposes what is actually mentioned in the Bible, and what’s not.
The book-publishing division of WorldNetDaily.com was created, according to WND founder and editor Joseph Farah, to fill a void in the traditional book-publishing marketplace, just as the news site, launched in 1997, met a demand for news uninfected with corporate influences and political and social agendas.
“We plan to fill that void as proven content providers – and a make a profit doing it,” he said when the division was introduced.
Since then, there have been a multitude of WND Books on the New York Times best-sellers list. But reaching the No. 1 position have been the second release from WND Books, Michael Savage’s “The Savage Nation,” as well as the radio talk show host’s “The Enemy Within.”
“Savage Nation,” on the New York Times best-sellers list for 20-plus weeks with hundreds of thousands of copies sold, addresses the “subversive forces corrupting” America.
“The al-Qaida network is not America’s most dangerous enemy,” he writes. “To fight only the al–Qaida enemy is to miss the terrorist network operating within our own borders. Who are these traitors? Every rotten, radical left-winger in this country, that’s who.”
Reaching up to five million listeners a week, Savage aims straight at the sacred cows of America’s ever-eroding culture and wages war against the “group of psychopaths” known as PETA, the ACLU and the liberal media.
In “The Enemy Within,” he takes aim at liberals’ increasingly destructive influence on America’s most cherished institutions. It focuses squarely on the dangers assailing cornerstones of American life, including churches, schools and families.
Farah, whose company was the first Internet content site to launch a publishing imprint, described Savage’s success as “a real triumph for Michael Savage, for talk radio and for the power of the Internet,”
Harris’ book, which started it all, tells the inside story of that battle for the White House following the Nov. 7, 2000, vote. As the Florida recount unfolded, Harris was faced with the challenge of a lifetime.
What enabled her to maintain her integrity, poise, stick to her guns and hold true to her principles? In “Center of the Storm,” she tells all.
She describes the behind-the-scenes negotiations and backroom bartering that everyone suspected, but no one dared to disclose. Through never-before-revealed anecdotes, she explains 12 essential principles that helped her not just survive but thrive.
Originally partnered with Thomas Nelson, a top-10 company worldwide in its field, WND Books later worked with Cumberland House, and for 2007 announced an agreement to work with World Ahead Publishing, a cutting-edge West Coast publisher, for new releases.
World Ahead Publishing was founded in 2004 by Eric M. Jackson, a former marketing executive with the Internet giant PayPal. After PayPal was acquired by eBay, Jackson and World Ahead co-founder Norman Book started a media company dedicated to advancing freedom while at the same time standing up for traditional values.
“With its New Media background, World Ahead Publishing is a natural partner for WorldNetDaily,” said Farah, a veteran newspaper editor and publisher before starting WorldNetDaily. “They have established themselves as an innovative up-and-coming force in the publishing industry.”
WND attracts more than 8 million visitors each month and is one of the New Media’s most influential news outlets. But the addition of WND Books extends its reach vastly.
Among its other influential books and best-sellers have been Farah’s own “Stop the Presses!” which exposes the Main Stream Media and describes how a new wave of media superstars, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Matt Drudge, have forever changed the way Americans get their news.
As an insider with the MSM for the first part of his career, and a founding member of the New Media, he’s produced “a fascinating and freewheeling look at how a harmonic convergence of politics, personalities and technology has forever changed the way Americans interact with their government, their fellow citizens, and the world,” according to Rush Limbaugh.
Farah’s earlier book, “Taking America Back,” also has been made available in paperback. The book shows how, as a nation, Americans have moved from being freedom fighters to comfort lovers.
The book poses the challenge: It is time to choose the kind of country in which we want to live, whether we want to live under the rule of law or under the rule of judicial government and a constitution that is a ‘living document,’ which for all practical purposes means living without a constitution.
According to Farah, “The choice is simple: the world of standards and morality, of marriage, order, the rule of law, and accountability to God or the world of anything goes, aberrant behavior, do-your-own-thing lifestyles, and moral codes that change with the speed of the latest public opinion polls.”
He documents how Americans have come to tolerate, embrace and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents’ generation – from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion-on-demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade-schoolers.
“Does that mean today’s Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations?” he asks. “Of course not … but they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history.”
Among the list of other WND successes are “Atomic Iran” by Corsi and his “Black Gold Stranglehold: The Myth of Scarcity and the Politics of Oil” which he wrote with WND Columnist Craig R. Smith. Corsi’s earlier works include the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry,” with John O’Neill.
Other highlights include Charl Van Wyk’s “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense” about an attack by terrorists on a church congregation during a worship service; “The Third Terrorist” by Jayna Davis; “In Mortal Danger,” by U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., who now is a presidential candidate; “Terri’s Story” by Diana Lynne; “Pants of Fire: How Al Franken Lies, Smears and Deceives” by Alan Skorski; and “At Any Price,” by Pat Roush, who battled both the U.S. and Saudi Arabian governments after her husband, a Saudi, kidnapped their two daughters.