Costco Wholesale, the second-largest retailer in the United States, has apparently decided to remove all copies of Dinesh D’Souza’s bestselling book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her,” from its stores nationwide, WND reports. The decision to yank the book, if true, would coincide with the theatrical release of D’Souza’s new film of the same name last week.
Scott Losse, an inventory control specialist in the book department at the Costco Wholesale’s Issaquah, Washington, corporate office, reportedly confirmed that a nationwide “pull-order” was issued for D’Souza’s book. All copies are now reportedly required to be removed by July 15.
Costco has sold about 3,600 copies of “America” nationwide.
D’Souza was apparently unaware of any order to remove his book from Costco shelves, saying, “If true, this would be very odd.”
“We’re in the process of finding out what’s happening. I look forward to getting to the bottom of this and continuing the strong relationship my publisher and I have always had with Costco and their millions of shoppers,” he told WND.
“America” takes aim at the progressive ideology, which D’Souza claims shapes the policies of the Obama administration.
“It is the Progressive view that is taught in our schools, that is preached by Hollywood, and that shapes the policies of the Obama administration. If America is a force for inequality and injustice in the world, its power deserves to be diminished; if traditional America is based on oppression and theft, then traditional America must be reformed—and the federal government can do the reforming,” the book’s description reads.
“In America: Imagine a World without Her D’Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country,” it adds.
As of Monday night, “America” was No. 51 on Amazon’s bestsellers list. Despite strong sales, the book was not featured in the New York Times bestsellers list. D’Souza accused the newspaper of “rigging” its list.
We will update this story should Costco address reports that it’s removing “America” from its shelves nationwide. Read WND’s full report here.
UPDATE: Costco seemingly addressed the decision to remove “America” from its stores on its Facebook page:
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