This story has been bouncing around for a few days, but it seems that Simon & Schuster has refused to publish a book written by platoon mates of recently-returned guest of the Haqqani Bowe Bergdahl. The reason they’ve given is fairly ridiculous;
Here is an excerpt of Simon and Schuster’s reasons for refusal of the Bergdahl book, as reported via The Washington Free Beacon:
“I’m not sure we can publish this book without the Right using it to their ends,” Sarah Durand, a senior editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, wrote in an email to one of the soldiers’ agents.
“[T]he Conservatives are all over Bergdahl and using it against Obama,” Durand wrote, “and my concern is that this book will have to become a kind of ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’”
If that’s the reason, I can’t imagine S&S using the same excuse for rejecting a potential money-making book about the president during the Bush years. Just because the book may reflect badly on the president, that doesn’t make it less truthful or less valuable for the public debate.
Besides, S&S passed on an opportunity to make a lot of money – conservatives who would buy the book, unlike the hippies who like books which support President Obama, have money.
Ms. Durand also accidentally used the term “Swift Boat” correctly in a sentence – it means to tell the truth about a veterans’ career when that veteran won’t tell the truth about his career – as in John Kerry’s case. The book seems to be out of Ms. Durand’s area of expertise – the books that she has worked with in the past are boring fluff – clearly not books that made any significant money for the company. I’m sure the crew will find a publisher and Ms. Durand will have egg on her face, along with other gooey stuff she has on her face now.
Bergdahl and his lawyer had a nice little talk last week with investigators about the circumstances surrounding his vacation with the Haqqani. I’m curious why we haven’t heard from General Dahl yet.
Category: Military issues