'America: Imagine the World Without Her' Tops NY Times Bestseller List; Film to Hit $14 Mark
Dinesh D'Souza's film and book, 'America: Imagine the World Without Her', have surged this week with the book hitting the top of the New York Times bestseller list and the film set to surpass Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' to become the 6th highest grossing political documentary in history. The film is expected to hit the $14.4 million mark this week.
D'Souza's triumph did not come without difficulty however as various media reports noted attempts by the New York Times to exclude the book from its bestseller charts. "Had it been included on the upcoming June 22 Times hardcover nonfiction list, it would have ranked No. 8, and then No.11," noted Townhall in an article last month.
Eventually the Times relented and included 'America' in subsequent bestseller lists, resulting in its reaching the #1 position.
The book also overcame another obstacle when super-store Costco announced it would no longer carry the book, and removed all copies from its stores the day before the film's release. It rescinded the decision only after a public uproar.
As for the film, several media reports noted that fans were unable to find the movie through ordinary Google searches and the search giant admitted that it was trying to fix the problem. The "fix" was delayed for three weeks however leading to a call by members of Congress for a full investigation into whether the act was intentional: "This doesn't deserve to be ignored," said Congressman Dana Rohrabacher. "We need to verify the statistics in some way, and I will be suggesting the appropriate committee or subcommittee have some kind of hearing on this. We know there were significant incidences, and that would suggest there was intent behind Google's nonperformance."
"Even in the face of all these obstacles, both the book and the film have done amazingly well," said 'America' producer Gerald Molen, who also helmed hits 'Schindler's List,' 'Jurassic Park,' and 'Minority Report,' among others. "This is the way Americans react when they learn that powerful forces are trying to keep this book and movie from them."
With re-creations of important moments in history combined with interviews with some of her harshest present-day critics, 'America' explains what made America great and defends her against the narrative that she has been a force for evil in the world.
'America' is expected to continue in theaters through the end of the summer. The film trailer and more information on 'America' can be found at http://www.americathemovie.com.