Americans Read Over President's Shoulder

Obama's vacation book list drives leaps in Amazon sales rankings
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 1:46 PM CDT
Passers-by walk past a store-front display featuring memorabilia and books on President Barack Obama in the downtown section of Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s poll numbers are faltering, but his summer reading choices are getting rave reviews, Politico reports. A survey of the standings of the five books the White House announced he would take with him on his Martha’s Vineyard vacation show a drastic improvement in sales. If you’re doubtful about joining Obama’s Book Club, look at these numbers and follow the pack:

  • George Pelecanos, The Way Home: Ranked 33,349 on Amazon Monday, when the announcement came out. The next day: No. 328.
  • Richard Price, The Lush Life: Up from 74,289 to 10,295.
  • Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: 231 to 41.
  • David McCullough, John Adams: 14,301 to 7,067.
  • Kent Haruf, Plainsong: 8,155 to 189.
Take that, Oprah.