WASHINGTON, March 25 — On the first day, the hottest new book in town sold out in an hour at Politics and Prose and sales clerks turned away dozens of disappointed buyers. On the second day, the store called three national book wholesalers, which announced they did not have a single copy left.
That was when Barbara Meade knew that Richard A. Clarke, the author of “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror,” was the genuine article, an unexpected literary phenomenon whose account of counterterrorism failures within the Bush administration has been flying off the shelves this week.
“It’s reached a point now where if you’re going to be in the loop in Washington you probably have to say you’ve read the book,” Ms. Meade, co-owner of Politics and Prose, said, adding that she believed she now has enough copies to last through the weekend….
Has anyone been listening to the hearings on NPR? Condoleezza Rice has agreed to meet the 9/11 Commission, but only in private. Gee, I wonder why?