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John Grisham and Stephen King know a thing or two about the New York Times bestseller list. Turns out so do Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and several political writers who have used the 2008 campaign as a springboard to notoriety.


This week, a host of anti-Obama books, including The Obama Nation and The Case Against Barack Obama, are causing a stir.  



While both Obama's autobiography, Audacity of Hope, and McCain's more recent release, Faith of Our Fathers, spent weeks on the bestseller list, media watchdog Media Matters for America notes that the recent releases about Obama echo the Swiftboat books that dogged John Kerry, with one of them even being by the same author, Jerome Corsi.



But Obama's not the only candidate who has had negative books come out about him in this campaign; he's just the latest. Earlier this year, Matt Welch penned McCain: The Myth of the Maverick, which aimed to poke holes in the Republican candidate's Straight Talk, anti-war image. Bill Moyers spoke with Welch in a March interview.









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