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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 10, 2009 11:50 AM

Before Culture of Corruption hit #1 on the NYTimes best-seller list and other lists this week, my friend Mark Levin’s Liberty and Tyranny held the top spot for 12 weeks and has never ranked lower than #3 over the past 19 weeks. A truly amazing phenomenon. CNS reports:

While President Barack Obama and Congress have been pushing ahead with an agenda that would dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal government, a book advocating strictly limited government has been riding at the top of the nonfiction bestseller lists.

Over the past 19 weeks, Mark Levin’s “Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto” has never ranked lower than No. 3 on The New York Times best seller list—and it ranked No. 3 for only one of those weeks. The book has been No. 1 on the list for 12 weeks, and No. 2 for six.

It has already sold 900,000 copies, according to publisher Simon & Schuster, and there are 1,185,000 in print. If the New York Times bestseller list is the standard, “Liberty and Tyranny” is indisputably the hottest non-fiction book published in 2009.

The book is also currently the top nonfiction best seller as measured by the Nielson Book Scan list for the month.

“Liberty and Tyranny’s” tremendous sales have come despite the fact that the establishment media has ignored it.

“Mark never went on NBC. He’s never been asked. He never went on ABC. He’s never been asked. He’s never been asked to be on CBS,” conservative talk show host Sean Hannity told CNSNews.com.

“As far as I know,” said Hannity, “he’s never been asked to be on the other two liberal cable networks. To have these kinds of sales numbers and to be totally and utterly and completely ignored by the mainstream media–I mean it was, what, 13 weeks on the New York Times best seller list before the Philly Inquirer did a piece on it.”

Instead of recognizing the tectonic shift in the political landscape, some book editors are happy to snark and deride. The Washington Post Book World section acknowledges the dominance of right-leaning books on the best-seller list in a blog post today, but refuses to lower itself to review the books on their own merits.

Meh.

Success is the best revenge.

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WaPo’s Steven Levingston e-mails: “I posted these reviews as a way to allow others views to have a voice on the blog. If conservative commentators speaking on conservative books counts as snarking, then I guess it’s snarking. I did not intend it that way. I believe all voices should be heard and that is what I have done with this posting.”

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