Frank Rich lands at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, October 8, 2006
As the political season heats up, so does Frank Rich's new book, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina (Penguin Press; September 19, 2006), which quietly landed on the #2 position of the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list of October 8, 2006, three weeks after its initial release. Introduced at BookExpo America 2006 by veteran ABC News reporter Lynn Sherr, New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Rich, a former drama critic for the Times, pulled back the curtains on the stagecraft behind selling the invasion of Iraq to the American people. Rich described the manufactured stories, contrivances, and manipulations of the truth illustrated by the Jessica Lynch story, the contrived toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue, and staging of 'Mission Accomplished'. Explaining that his book reveals the stagecraft of politics, Rich said it also examines the culture that has sustained the dangerous liason of Hollywood and Washington, D.C., from JFK to Bush. In the question and answer period following his presentation, Rich talked about the urgent need for meaningful opposition and the role of the media in the dynamics of democracy. Responding to a question about how the war in Iraq was 'sold' to the American voter, Rich noted that Katrina was the political turning point for the Bush Administration, and went on to suggest that the Republican party was facing a seriouis generation gap with all of its leaders, from the religious right to the political elite, getting very old. Rich went on to lament the lack of national leadership on pressing issues; field a question on Republican prospects in 2006-08; and give his view on the George W. Bush legacy.
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