I started a thread a few weeks ago just casually mentioning that during a trip to Costco, my wife and I noticed that Costco had no conservative-oriented books available, or maybe one, while there was every Michael Moore book and all the other gems of the liberal left.
A Canadian reporter for the Financial Post (National Post) walking through a Toronto Chapters-Indigo book store found a similar bias this week, when writing about the huge amount of anti-Bush bias in media and elsewhere (and Bush’s popularity notwithstanding all that!).
The full force of the anti-Bush movement hit me the other day at the World’s Biggest Bookstore, a Chapters-Indigo operation in downtown Toronto. On two tables near the main entrance, piles of books were mounted under a sign that said: “Bush, Love Him or Hate Him.” Whoever thought up this idea forgot to order the titles that would fit the Love Him side of the Bush dichotomy.
Of more than 30 books on Bush, about 30 were in the Hate Bush category, leaving browsers with the choice of deciding how much anti-Bush vitriol they want to take home with them. For hard-core Bush haters, there are such titles as: The Lies of George W. Bush: Mastering the Politics of Deception, by David Corn; The Bush Haters’ Handbook: An A-Z Guide to the Most Appalling Presidency of the Past 100 Years, by Jack Humberman; Bushwacked: Life in George W. Bush’s America, by Molly Ivins; and Bush Must Go: The Top Ten Reasons Why George Bush Doesn’t Deserve a Second Term, by Bill Press.
More sophisticated (but no less condemning) are the smooth critiques of Maureen Dowd in Enter at Your Own Risk and Graydon Carter in What We’ve Lost: America Under the Bush Administration. There’s also Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib by Seymour Hersh and American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush, by Kevin Phillips. For personal smears, nothing beats The Family: The Real Story of the Bush Dynasty, by Kitty Kelley.
More policy-oriented attacks on Bush include Imperial America: The Bush Assault On World Order, by John Newhouse; House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties, by Craig Unger; The Bush Betrayal, by James Bovard; The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America, by Eric Alterman and Mark Green; and The President of Good and Evil: Questioning the Ethics of George W. Bush, by Peter Singer.
The book version of Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 is accompanied by another Moore contribution titled Will They Ever Trust Us Again? Letters from the War Zone. Other titles include Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order, by Mark Crispin Miller; The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex, by Helen Caldicott; Mission Not Accomplished: How George Bush Lost the War on Terrorism, by William H. Turner. There’s more, including a Brookings Institution effort, Imperial America: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, by Council on Foreign Relations scholars Ivo J. Daalder and James M. Lindsay.
The only pro-Bush contributions at the World’s Biggest Bookstore were David Frum’s The Right Man and A Matter of Character: Inside the White House of George W. Bush, by Ronald Kessler, who paints a glowing portrait of Bush’s honesty, integrity and clarity of purpose. Not one book on Kerry was visible in the display area around the Bush tables.
My wife recently went to a Chapters here in downtown Vancouver and made notes(!): here’s what was available. And this was just what she had time to write down at her lunch hour (pro-conservative books are indicated *):
It’s The Crude, Dude (Canadian Linda McQuaig neo-Marxist rail against Bush)
Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk
Neoconomy: George Bush’s Revolutionary Gamble with America’s Future
Bush Must Go: The Top Ten Reasons Why George Bush Doesn’t Deserve a Second Term
War and the American President
Let’s Stop Beating Around The Bush
All the President’s Spin : George W. Bush, the Media, and the Truth
Crimes Against Nature : How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy
The Bush – Haters Handbook: A Guide to the Most Appalling Presidency of the Past 100 Years
Imperial America : Reflections on the United States of Amnesia
American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush
Losing America: Confronting a Reckless and Arrogant Presidency
Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency *
The Bush Betrayal
Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order
Why the Left Hates America : Exposing the Lies That Have Obscured Our Nation’s Greatness **
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
Rewriting History **
The Enemy Within: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Schools, Faith, and Military**
No Ann Coulter. No Sean Hannity. No Bill O’Reilly….