Ron Paul Tops Amazon List at #1

By Lindsey Ellerson

Apr 30, 2008 4:38pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf Reports: Texas Congressman Ron Paul has "wound down" his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, although his supporters continue to make a showing at state conventions from Missouri to Nevada – even even causing a ruckus that required the Nevada convention to be temporarily shut down.

His fans also catapulted Paul’s latest manifesto, released today and titled appropriately, The Revolution: A Manifesto, to number one on the Amazon bestseller list.

That makes not just an erstwhile presidential candidate who cedes he can’t win the race but is encouraging voters to support him at the polls, but a bestselling one at that. The next nearest candidate is Sen. Barack Obama, whose Audacity of Hope is at #113 on the Amazon list and whose Dreams of My Father is at #278. Things don’t look as good in the cold hard online reality of Amazon for Sens. John McCain and Hillary Clinton.  McCain’s Faith of My Fathers is way down at #4,758 this hour and Clinton’s Living History is at 21,380, although those two books are years old.

The Amazon list is updated hourly and Paul’s supporters, who have been waiting for the book, also know how to make their point online. So, it’s unclear if Paul’s one-day showing will catapult him into The New York Times Bestseller list, where Obama is currently at #4 and #8 on the paperback nonfiction list.

Paul says in Revolution: A Manifesto that campaign books have deservedly short shelf lives, but he wrote his more as an entrée to his revolution of freedom, peace and small government, notions which he says are on the rebound and are going, eventually, to unite Americans.

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