You may not be able to judge a book by its cover but you can tell a lot about a college by the titles it stocks in its bookstore.
Our correspondent from Mesa Community College in Arizona tallied up the political books on the campus bookstore’s shelves under the banner “Vote `04 and scored them as 18 liberal titles to 3 conservative tomes. That student, John Laurie, even supplied a list to go with that tally.
THE LIST OF BOOKS BEING SOLD ON MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S CAMPUS:
My Life by Bill Clinton
The President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush by Peter Singer
The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America by Eric Alterman
The Buying of the President 2004: Who’s Really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers–and
What They Expect in Return (Buying of the President) by Charles Lewis
Four Trials by John Edwards, John Auchard
Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and
Hijacking Our Democracy by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Made In Texas: George W. Bush and the Southern Takeover of American Politics by Michael Lind
50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004 by Ben Cohen, Jason Salzman
A Call to Service: My Vision for a Better America by John Kerry
The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap by Ralph Nader
Punch Out the President (and Pals)! by Patrick Regan
Bush Playing Cards, Carefully Stacked Deck: Angry about the war? Concerned about the environment?
Worried about your civil liberties? Disgusted by the control big business has over the government? Well, we can’t vote anyone out of office until November. But we can make sure people know who George W. Bush & Co. really are. by Dailey, Deussing, Levy
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right by Al Franken
Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore
Stupid White Men …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore
America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order by Stefan Halper, Jonathan Clarke
The Quotable George W. Bush: A Portrait in His Own Words by Bill Adler
Ronald Reagan: A Life in Pictures by Life Books
Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right by Ann Coulter
The No-Spin Zone: Confrontations with the Powerful and Famous in America by Bill O’Reilly
Choosing the President 2004 by The League of Women Voters
Knowing that college professors, to a large degree, determine what titles a campus book store stocks, I wrote to two officials at Mesa. I asked them why the book store could not add at least a more neutral look at the first family, such as Peter and Rochelle Schweizer’s The Bushes (Doubleday). As of yet, I have received no response.
For his part, Laurie will not let the issue die. “I currently have a GPA of 3.8 studying Fire Science, employed at Costco Wholesale full-time, have recently purchased a house, and am paying my way through college without the aid of loans,” Laurie points out. “The last thing I need or expect is to work hard only to be patronized by having to pay to be spoon-fed biased opinions imposed by others violating Mesa Community College’s own Mission and Values Statement.”