Return of the campaign book: ‘Game Change’ a hit.

By Hillel Italie, AP
Monday, January 11, 2010

Campaign book a hit

NEW YORK — The campaign book is back on top.

“Game Change,” a sensational account of the 2008 presidential race co-authored by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, was No. 1 on and Barnes & on Monday, a day before its official release. Publisher HarperCollins has already increased the print run twice, from 75,000 to 135,000, then to 155,000.

Elections are now so compulsively covered that reporters’ books about them tend to sell poorly, especially compared to such classics as Theodore White’s “The Making of the President, 1960.” But “Game Change” has been in the headlines for days, thanks to such details as Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada describing Barack Obama as a “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

Reid has since apologized to Obama. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that the president “didn’t take offense” at the comment.

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