Middle East studies in the News
NY Times Tries to Torpedo Anti-Obama Book; Succeeds in Spreading its Message [incl. Rashid Khalidi]
by Roger Kimball
Oh dear, Oh dear, Oh dear. Jerome Corsi, author of the bestselling Unfit for Command in 2004, a book that turned the phrase "swift boat" into a verb and helped defeat John "Reporting for Duty" Kerry, has written a new book about Barack Hussein Obama (yes, I know I am not supposed to mention his middle name, but I am going to anyway) called The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. It's officially published only today (you can order it from Amazon here), but already it is # 1 on The New York Times bestseller list with 475,000 copies in print so far. The Times, naturally, is in a swivet lest Corsi's book undermine The Messiah's planned advent in November and they have wheeled into print with a longish dismissal masquerading as a review today. "Significant parts of the book," the authors write (the Times requires two reviewers when a serious demolition job is commissioned), "have already been challenged as misleading or false in the days since its debut on Aug. 1"....
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