‘Way of the World’ Embargo

Ron Suskind’s embargoed book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, releases today with a 500,000 first printing and media attention. So far, however, it’s not translating into demand in libraries.

Suskind appeared on the Today Show this morning. According to the story online, the hot news is Suskind’s charge that Bush ordered the “CIA to manufacture a false pretense for the Iraq war in the form of a backdated, handwritten document linking Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda.” In the book, Suskind calls this “one of the greatest lies in modern American political history.”

The embargo was not air tight; Politico got the book last night and leaked the story. However, since no major news source picked up on it, there seemed to be no major affect on the Today Show appearance. For a behind-the-scenes look at the tensions that surround an embargo, check The New York Observer’s story.

Four of nine libraries I checked do not have the book on their catalogs. One library shows that the book is in processing; the rest show it on order.

  • Hardcover: $27.95
  • Publisher: Harper (August 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061430625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061430626
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  • Paperback: $27.95
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe (August 12, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061562831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061562839
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