The Hyping Of The Real Anita Hill

Nothing like a good public dare to catapult a book onto the best-seller list. That's what happened when Erwin Glikes, president of MacMillan Publishing's Free Press division decided to dare the public to read conservative brat-packer David Brock's first book, The Real Anita Hill. Glikes' strategy: Run taunting, nationwide full-page newspaper ads and radio spots that tell readers to decide for themselves whether the book is trash or a solid analysis. Now, discussions among the intelligentsia are raging anew--and sales are soaring. The book is into its sixth printing and holds the No.3 spot on The New York Times best-seller list.

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