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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Maine Publisher Gets Unexpected Boost

Common Courage Press in Monroe was started in the early 1990s by Greg Bates and wife Flic Shooter to promote the left-of-center ideals they favor. Now they have a bestseller on their hands, thanks to Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden mentioned a Common Courage title — Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum — in his recent taped message.
What bin Laden said was this, as translated from Arabic by the Associated Press:

"And if Bush decides to carry on with his lies and oppression, then it would be useful for you to read the book 'Rogue State,' which states in its introduction: 'If I were president, I would stop the attacks on the United States: First, I would give an apology to all the widows and orphans and those who were tortured. Then I would announce that American interference in the nations of the world has ended once and for all.' "

By last night, "Rogue State" shot up from 205,763 to 26 on Amazon.com's index of the most-ordered books. [Link]
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