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Say It Isn’t So, Costco – Have You Really Pulled D’Souza’s Book “America” from Your Shelves?

Posted: July 8, 2014 at 10:07 am   /   by

Amerca ImagineAccording to World Net Daily, Costco is pulling Dinesh D’Souza’s America, Imagine a World without Her from their shelves. My wife called Costco this morning to confirm, and she was told by a nice lady (“Julie”) that COSTCO is indeed pulling the book because “it’s not selling”.

My wife was incredulous. With the companion movie debuting on July 4 to excellent reviews at Cinemascore, it is really hard to believe that the book is not selling well.

Yet, according to “Corporate”, said Julie, the book is not meeting threshold sales requirements. I suppose that’s possible, and we’ll soon know more since there are plenty of other sales channels — unless of course, Amazon decides to follow suit(?).

As reported by The Washington PostCostco is known to be friendly to Obama, having contributed over $200,000 to Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign.

I’ve seen the movie, and I think it’s an excellent political documentary. At its end, the audience broke into spontaneous applause — I’ve only encountered that two or three times in my lifetime. I plan to see it again — probably more than once. I’ve just started reading the book, and I’m finding it well written, well researched, and compelling. D’Souza’s style and voice shine through — there’s no sign of a “ghost writer”.

In both the movie and the book, D’Souza gives full weight to the arguments of the Left, acknowledging their valid points of criticism. In fact, the first part of the movie is so packed with non-stop criticism of America that I wondered if I were watching the wrong movie. That isn’t often done in (most) conservative books and movies. After that first long segment, D’Souza calmly and carefully offers his own counter-arguments.

America1To those on the Left or Right, puzzled by what motivates the behavior of the “other side”, this book explains a lot. It’s a worthy read for all Americans except those obstinate zealots on both sides who prefer to close their eyes and ears. Make no mistake however, the book is decidedly conservative, as is D’Souza.

If Costco is succumbing to pressure from the White House or is self-censoring its own book sales because of their corporate executives’ political leanings, it’s a really sad day. The former would be downright Stalinist, and the latter would be both crony capitalist and anti-free-speech.

Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices book is reported to be selling poorly. But Hillary held a book signing at Costco. Will Costco be pulling her book from their shelves if it doesn’t “meet threshold”? Or are there other factors Costco execs are considering? Why not invite D’Souza to hold a book signing and see how he does?

If the White House or Costco’s executives don’t like D’Souza’s free speech, they could and should counter it with more free speech of their own. Both sides should welcome that. Anything less is unAmerican — let alone bad business for Costco, no?


UPDATE: See the followup article at this link, published late on July 8, in which Fox News announces a reversal of Costco’s position.

David Leeper

David Leeper

David Leeper began writing for in January, 2011. His 40-year career in engineering includes senior- and officer-level positions at ATT Bell Labs, Bellcore, Motorola, and Intel. Now retired, he lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with his wife of 44 years. Both are active in volunteer work and politics. David is a volunteer science teacher at Before WesternFreePress, he wrote for technical journals including Scientific American. He holds 16 patents in telecom technology and a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Leeper


  1. Rick says:

    Their response is a pant load. Were the book not selling well as suggested, they’d walk through whatever SLA – service level agreement – they established with D’Souza’s publisher. Most likely, the books would get price reductions at specific percentages over set amount of time. Ultimately, the remainder would get put in the “Clearance Bins.” and sold for a $1. Simply removing the stock suggests all manner of things. None of which create positive optics for Costco.

  2. sleepergirl says:

    Here’s my email to R. Galanti at Costco:  or 800-774-2678 #0
    I was told by a Member Services rep today that you’ve pulled D’Souza’s book because it wasn’t selling fast enough.  That is a crock and you know it.  I’ve seen books on your tables that can’t possibly have much interest from the public, yet you offer them for sale.
    More than half of Americans feel our country is being systematically and deliberately destroyed by a tyrannical president and his Chicago gang.  You are making a serious business mistake by pulling D’Souza’s “America.”  We know that Costco is a BIG Democrat donor and a strong supporter of Obama.  However, you should not allow your political beliefs to lead you to censor books you sell.   Maybe this is a quid pro quo arrangement with the regime.  Maybe they’ve pressured you to remove the book because we all know Obama’s feelings are easily hurt by this criticism.  I fear we are becoming like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union more and more each day.
    I hope you will reconsider this decision and realize you’ve got millions of members who believe in the US Constitution, limited government, free markets and FREE SPEECH.  Do you really wish to alienate your buying public?


    1. sleepergirl They’ve long been hardcore lefties at Costco. Take your business elsewhere. BJs, Sam’s Club . . . heck, these days, if you’re clever, you can find deals even better than the membership stores!

    2. dleeper47 says:

      It will be delicious irony if the publicity over Costco’s “business” decision generates the publicity to sell even more books for D’Souza. 
      Except Costco won’t get the revenue. Bummer, eh, Costco? Or is all about “the cause” for you guys? Thank goodness you have competitors. I may turn in my card after checking them out …

      1. dleeper47 sleepergirl Their politics was part of the reason why we stopped using them, using their auto insurance, etc. PHX/Scottsdale have lots of other choices!

  3. employee says:

    Actually Hilary’s book has been selling much better than America at costco.

    1. reader says:

      @employee well that may be true for Costco shoppers but according to the Huffington Post: “new survey figures show sales of her foreign policy memoir ,Hard Choices , are falling fast.’

      1. employee says:

        Yes reader, but we are talking about Costco after all. Just like any other book with poor sales, it was returned to the vendor.

    2. GeorgeWilliams2 says:

      @employee Really?  Where might that be?  If you see a short woman with blond hair that looks exactly like Hillary Clinton disguised as Groucho Marx, and with a basket full “Hard Choices” at the checkout, ask her who Bill is doing..

      1. GeorgeWilliams2 I dunno, Groucho Marx disguises fool me every time.

    3. dleeper47 says:

      That could well be, especially now that Costco is returning all its copies(!).

  4. GeorgeWilliams2 says:

    Costco?  I’m outa here!

    1. GeorgeWilliams2 Good plan. Even without the book incident, they’re still hardcore lefties.

  5. M K Parsons says:

    I did not realize Costco was in charge of Censorship!

  6. Jeannine Stacy says:

    Guess I’ll be requesting the book at Costco.

  7. MichaelWakefield1 says:

    Sales averaged less that 2 copies per store, per week.

    1. MichaelWakefield1 There are very likely books that sold less than that that did not get pulled.

      1. MichaelWakefield1 says:

        At my local Costco, it’s rare for any book to last a month … stuff sells or it gets replaced.

        1. MichaelWakefield1 I wouldn’t know; I long ago ended my Costco membership.