A growing number of Americans are evidently looking to brush up on their knowledge of the nation’s Constitution.
That’s according to a bestseller list created by one of the nation’s oldest conservative book clubs.
After more than 50 years of celebrating conservative publications that are too often shunned by the mainstream media’s more liberal arbiters of good literary taste, the Conservative Book Club recently began publishing a weekly conservative bestseller list.
“While the mainstream media tends to celebrate only books from the Left, the Conservative Book Club has provided a much-needed resource for readers interested in conservative politics and conservative values,” the book club says on its website.
“Our Weekly Conservative Bestseller List tells you what’s hot, what’s rising, and what’s got staying power in the world of conservative books,” the website also promises.
The inaugural edition of CBC’s top 10 bestseller list included one surprising addition that’s been around for more than two centuries: the nation’s Constitution. The document weighed in at No. 7 on a competitive list of highly marketed and recently released conservative books.
Paul Bedard, who originally noted the Constitution’s staying power as a conservative publication on his Washington Secrets blog, surmised that “Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential bid or the fight over Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law” might account for increased bulk sales of a particular pocket Constitution published by the National Center for Constitutional Studies.
He’s probably not far off in his assumption. But there’s also hope that a healthy portion of the buyers are disgruntled Americans who want to know their rights and to find ways to halt government abuses.
“We are pleased to see that The Constitution of the United States is still a bestseller after 239 years,” Christopher Malagisi, editor of the Conservative Book Club, told Bedard. “Perhaps President Obama should buy himself a copy as a reference guide.”
Here’s the complete CBC bestseller list:
- “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History” by Chris Kyle (Publisher: William Morrow)
- “Killing Patton: The Strange Death of WWII’s Most Audacious General” by Bill O’Reilly (Henry Holt and Company)
- “Killing Jesus: A History” by Bill O’Reilly (Henry Holt and Company)
- “Duck Commander Devotions for Kids” by Korie Robinson (Thomas Nelson)
- “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy” by Mike Huckabee (St. Martin’s Press)
- “Rush Revere and the American Revolution: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans” by Rush Limbaugh (Threshold Editions)
- “The Constitution of the United States” by James Madison (National Center for Constitutional Studies)
- Inside ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Threat by Benjamin Hall (Center Street Books)
- “George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution” by Brian Kilmeade (Sentinel)
- “You Have a Brain: A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K. B.I.G.” by Ben Carson (Zondervan)