Radio host Mark R. Levin’s bestselling Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto has sold one million copies, according to publisher Threshold Editions. It is a rare publishing feat, made all the more remarkable by the complete lack of coverage the book has received from major media outlets.
Released only six months ago, Levin’s book, which has been called “the modern conservative movement’s roadmap back to its principled roots,” spent twelve weeks at #1 on the New York Times bestseller’s list despite very little mention by the media, especially the three broadcast networks.
According to a recent report by the Culture and Media Institute, conservative books, even those enjoying long-running critical and commercial success, are routinely ignored by the networks. “The most glaring evidence of bias,” says CMI, “was the complete neglect of the single most successful book on the list… Liberty and Tyranny.”
Levin’s book has received zero coverage from any network according to CMI. Equivalent coverage with other top sellers “would require 36 mentions on the networks.”
“The book is selling by word of mouth,” Levin has said. “I’ve done very little media, and its chugging along.” In fact, Levin has confirmed that the only major newspaper to interview him has been his hometown paper, the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Published on March 24, 2009, Liberty debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The book remains in the top ten.
Threshold Editions’ Executive Vice President and Publisher Louise Burke also announced today that Threshold has obtained world rights to Levin’s next book, which will again be political in theme.
Levin’s radio show, The Mark Levin Show, is syndicated by ABC Radio on over 150 stations. According to Talker’s Magazine Levin’s show is tied for fourth-most listened-to talk show in the United States with The Laura Ingraham Show. He reaches 5.5 million listeners weekly.