Last June I wrote a post about seeing State Senator Frank Antenori's book at Costco. I don't recall seeing any other local coverage about the book. That seems strange, considering that it's a very successful Iraq war memoire written by a local author. I would think that the fact that Antenori is a State Senator and Congressional Candidate would make local papers even more interested in profiling his book. After all, when Kyrsten Sinema wrote a book, she got plenty of attention.
Hmm, why would the Star, for example, not want to profile Antenori's memoir? I'm open to other explanations, but until then, I'll just assume that Antenori is not the type of person that the Star would like to profile and his experience in the Iraq War is not a topic that the local media would like to highlight, so despite the fact that his book sold twice as many copies as Nancy Pollosi's biography, local media chose not to mention it.
This is a great example of media bias leading to media demise...since half of Arizona is Conservative, you would think that the papers like the Star would want to--at least occasionally--appeal to a conservative audience and highlighting the non-political accomplishments of local conservatives would be a painless way of reaching out. But editors don't see that their own behavior leads to their own demise*
Antenori's book has done well based on word of mouth and the blogosphere. I was reminded about the book in a recent mention in the Instapundit blog.
Frank is a Special Forces veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. In Afghanistan he was a member of Task Force Dagger, the 200 guys from 5th SF Group who (with their CIA counterparts) won the war before mission creep set in. In Iraq, he was at the Battle of Debecka Pass, where one SF ODA and a few straphangers held off a tank attack. He’s the real deal.
I’ve left his party identification till the end, but I’m not really the Associated Press, I’m just pretending, because Frank’s a proud Republican. He’s rock solid on national defense and on 2nd amendment issues, as you might expect for an SF guy.
His book is not the usual campaign speech collection, it’s one of the best first person memoirs of the Iraq war.
*For further reading about folks who blindly allow their biases to lead to their own demise, I would suggest reading The March of Folley by Tuchman, or the collected works of William Shakespeare.