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Nation's Mood Reflected in Book Sales

Wednesday, 19 September 2001 12:00 AM

Angus Gillespie's book "Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center," first published in 1999, came from out of nowhere to become the fastest-selling Hardcover Non-fiction book in the nation.

The book, not a huge seller when it was first released, devotes its 263 pages to what one reviewer called a "richly textured study of an important American icon that symbolizes the intertwining of capitalism and government entrepreneurship in the United States."

Currently "Twin Towers" is on backorder at most suppliers. The on-line seller Amazon.com says that it's backordered and it may be five weeks before new stock arrives.

Meanwhile, the book "Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy," by Paul R. Pillar, is No. 10 on the same list this week. It didn't even "show" in the previous week's ratings. It was first published just this past April and is now also on backorder at most suppliers.

The events of last week also had an effect on this week's listing of the best-selling Tradepaper Books. A book that is leaving shelves quickly -- where it can be found -- is John Hogue's compilation of the writings of Nostradamus. The book, "1000 for 2000," was first published in the fall of 1999. It's also on backorder at Amazon.com as well as other places.

Hogue's examination of the classic predictions is the No. 2 book in that division this week.

By the way, there was an instant wave of "Nostradamus interpretation" on the Internet in the hours after the terror attacks. One Nostradamus "prediction" was often mentioned. In it he talked about the "New City" and "Two Brothers" and an attack from the sky. Debate quickly raged in many chat channels as to a possible date for the event. Some say he meant September of 2001 clearly. The message was later shown to be a hoax.

Additionally, two other Nostradamus books -- "Prophecies of Nostradamus," by Erika Cheetham and John Powell's "Nostradamus Prophecy" -- are among the top 10 Mass Market Paperbooks this week.

Not surprisingly, Ahmed Rashid's book "Taliban" is also on the Trade Paper bestseller list this week, at No. 6. Published in the spring of 2000, the book is available at most supply sites. At Amazon.com it rates four of five stars.

Readers also rushed to buy Harold Kushner's classic "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." It was off the charts last week and is No. 6 in the Mass Market division in this week's poll.

The weekly Ingraham Publisher's booklist is published by United Press International each Monday.

Copyright 2001 by United Press International. All rights reserved.

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