The Pentagon wants to buy up the entire first press run (10,000 initial copies) of Anthony Shaffer’s “Operation Dark Heart.” And then destroy them. What about the second run? The third run? The etc. run? The Guardian describes the situation as every author’s dream:
The US defence department is scrambling to dispose of what threatens to be a highly embarrassing expose by the former intelligence officer of secret operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and of how the US military top brass missed the opportunity to win the war against the Taliban.
The Pentagon may yet regret wading in at all. Its plan to pulp the book has provided the kind of publicity that advertising cannot buy and the redacted but still unpalatable version of Operation Dark Heart is charging up the best seller lists even before it is released.