Opinion: Anti-Obama book is New York Times best-seller

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“The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” a new book that lashes out at Barack Obama and alleges, among other things, that the politician has a secret, radical Islamic agenda, has soared to the top of the New York Times Aug. 17 best-seller list. It’s also the most popular nonfiction book sold on

But being No. 1 doesn’t necessarily mean being accurate.

For one thing, Obama has stated repeatedly that he is a Christian.

This isn’t the first time that the book’s author, Jerome Corsi, has hit it big attacking a Democratic presidential candidate on murky claims. In 2004 he published “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, another New York Times best-seller.

The Swift boat scandal was widely considered to have hurt Kerry in the election. Corsi apparently hopes his latest tome will do the same to Obama. ‘The Obama Nation’ stokes all the favorite Obama-related conspiracy theories. It claims he has socialist connections and says he espouses the ‘black liberation theology’ of Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama has vigorously denied both claims.

Last week, the AP ran a story about other anti-Obama books that are selling well, despite a lack of mainstream media coverage.

The titles tell it all.

One of them is called ‘Fleeced: How Barack Obama, Media Mockery of Terrorist Threats, Liberals Who Want to Kill Talk Radio, the Do-Nothing Congress, Companies That Help Iran, and Washington Lobbyists for Foreign Governments Are Scamming Us . . . and What to Do About It.’ And another is titled ‘The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media’s Favorite Candidate.’


-- Kate Linthicum