Glenn Greenwald’s new book — Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics — is working its way up the Amazon bestseller chart. Yesterday at the time we put a post up it was #39, and now it’s #13.
If you haven’t bought it, please do. And if you’re a blogospheric citizen and you’ve ever thought of writing a book yourself, or you just want to counter the seemingly insurmountable advantage that conservative "authors" (*cough*) like Ann Coulter or Michael Savage have with the wingnut welfare industry, buy two.
The ability of books by online authors to generate sales is a really powerful incentive for publishing companies to sign up liberal voices they might otherwise have no interest in, and exhibit "A" is Glenn Greenwald. Publishers then push political books with online ad buys that keep the entire lefty blogosphere afloat. It supports the development of progressive thought and the dissemination of liberal ideas, and provides a living to people to do this kind of important work in a way that the left has never been able to sustain before such that it could be competitive with the right.
Besides, you know you’re going to love it:
Ever since the cowboy image of Ronald Reagan was sold to Americans, the Republican Party has used the same John Wayne imagery to support its candidates and take elections. We all know how they govern, but the right-wing propaganda machine is very adept at hijacking debate and marketing their candidates as effectively as the Marlboro Man. For example:
Myth: The Republican nominee is an upstanding, regular guy who shares the values of the common man.
Reality: He divorced his first wife in order to marry a young multimillionaire heiress whose family then funded his political career.
Myth: Republicans are brave and courageous.
Reality: It’s a party filled with chicken hawks and draft dodgers.
Myth: Republicans are strong on defense and will keep us safe.
Reality: They prey on fears, and their endless wars make America far less secure.
Myth: The Republicans are the party of fiscal restraint and small, limited
Reality: Soaring deficits, unchecked presidential power, and an increasingly invasive surveillance state are par for their course.
Nobody rips the right like Glenn Greenwald. Since there’s no Richard Mellon Scaife to buy boxloads of books and force it onto the New York Times bestseller list, you can help do it the democratic way by buying the book here.