Politics

After Obama face-off, Brewer’s book takes off

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s tarmac confrontation with President Barack Obama has made her November 2011 book the second-fastest rising title on Amazon’s best-seller list. The book is also now the top seller in Amazon’s “public policy” category.

Brewer’s televised face-off alongside Air Force One ended when Obama walked away as she firmly rejected his claim that her book mischaracterized their 2010 Oval Office meeting.

“He was a little thin-skinned,” she said during a radio interview on News/Talk 92.3 KTAR. “I was a bit taken aback by his stance and his attitude… [and he walked way when] I was trying to make a point that I thought that my book was right and correct.”

However, Obama is on the 2012 campaign trail, and he’s using the immigration issue to win support among the many Hispanics who give him low ratings for his economic policies. His public snub of Brewer showcased his opposition to immigration enforcement: She was the primary champion of the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement and reform law.

Brewer’s book is titled “Scorpions for Breakfast; My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure America’s Border.”

After the confrontation, her book shot up to no. 21 on Amazon’s charts, a 1.3 million percent rise above its previous rank of 285,568.

Her sales growth was only outpaced by large scale-orders of a unpublished book, “Weber’s Smoke: A Guide to Smoke Cooking for Everyone and Any Grill.” That cookbook is due for publication in April.

Her sales growth has outpaced the new biography of Gen. David Petraeus, “All In.” His bio, penned by Paula Broadwell, rose from no. 240 to no. 64.

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