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Campaign 2004: Do The Candidates Have A Shelf Life?

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Despite his surge in the presidential primaries, Sen. John Kerry isn’t exactly a frontrunner with book buyers. According to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks sales at more than 7,000 bookstores nationwide, Kerry’s A Call to Service ranked fifth among the Democratic candidates’ books in copies sold through Feb. 1. He bested only Al Sharpton, whose book was first published in 2002 (all others hit last fall). By the way, George W. Bush has no plans for a book this year. — Gregory Kirschling

19,800 copies Wesley Clark Winning Modern Wars (PublicAffairs, $25)

20,000 Howard Dean Winning Back America (Simon & Schuster, $11.95)

7,200 John Edwards Four Trials (Simon & Schuster, $24)

3,800 John Kerry A Call to Service (Viking, $24.95)

6,200 Dennis Kucinich A Prayer for America (Thunder’s Mouth, $11.95)

1,900 Al Sharpton Al on America (Kensington; $27 hardcover, $16 paperback)