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Thanks to Chavez, sales of Chomsky book jump

September 22, 2006|From the Associated Press

NEW YORK — The United Nations address by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has had an unexpected impact -- on the bestseller lists of Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

At the start of his talk Wednesday, during which Chavez referred to President Bush as "the devil," Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky, "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance," and recommended it to everyone in the General Assembly, as well as to the American people.

"The people of the United States should read this ... instead of watching Superman movies," Chavez later told reporters.

As of Thursday afternoon, "Hegemony or Survival," originally published in 2003, had jumped into the top 10 of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com.

And what a jump: Amazon said the book had zoomed from No. 20,664 on its bestseller list to No. 4 for the day.

Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, has ordered an additional paperback printing of 25,000 copies.

Chomsky, the famed 77-year-old linguist, has long been an opponent of U.S. foreign policy. His many books include "9-11," a bestselling collection of interviews, and "Failed States," which came out last spring.

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