Amazon Sales of Scooter Libby Novel Soar After Indictment

Posted on October 29, 2005

OK, you now know that Irve Lewis "Scooter" Libby has just been indicted on five felony counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and some other things. You know he's resigned as the Chief of Staff for Dick Cheney. But did you know that he is also a novelist?
The resume for Irve Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Jr. has quite a few job titles. He is Vice President Dick Cheney's lawyer. He is Dick Cheney's chief of staff. And he is Dick Cheney's assistant for national security affairs.

Sometimes called "Dick Cheney's Dick Cheney," Libby himself is not easy to categorize. He is both an influential foreign policy adviser inside the White House and the author of a highly-acclaimed thriller set in turn-of-the-century Japan.

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While attending Yale, Libby took a political science class taught by Wolfowitz, who ultimately persuaded him to join the Regan administration. In 1981, Libby began his government career, working in the State Department as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary. From 1982 until 1985, he served as director of special projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. It was perhaps this post that inspired him to write "The Apprentice," his 1996 thriller that takes place in 1903 Japan.

The novel earned Libby favorable reviews. The Boston Globe called The Apprentice an "alluring novel of intrigue" while the New York Times Book Review said Libby's "storytelling skill neatly mixes conspiratorial murmurs with a boy's emotional turmoil."
Well, now you know. Since the indictment, Libby's book, The Apprentice (St. Martin's Press), has jumped from #16,249 in sales on Amazon.com to #379, as of Friday evening.
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