D'Souza Reacts to Costco Ban

Dinesh D’Souza, in response to the news of Costco removing his latest book, America: Imagine A World Without Her, from its shelves, made the following statement on July 8.

Today, I was stunned to learn that Costco had pulled my latest book, America: Imagine A World Without Her, from all of its stores. This was despite the fact that the book had sold very well at the chain and that my movie of the same name was releasing on over 1,000 screens the very next day. Today, I am disappointed to learn that this news has been confirmed by Costco. This action confirms the suspicions of all freedom-loving Americans and is a direct attack on my livelihood which I take very seriously.
In a free society, Costco is free to ban my book, but their customers are also free to shop at other stores which don’t censor books. In the book and the movie, I talk about the shaming of Americans and a culture of intimidation and censorship that has been spearheaded by the President himself. It’s one thing for Costco executives to pal around with President Obama and donate almost exclusively to Democrats. But to turn their company into a tool for suppressing dissent against the government is another matter.
I urge all Americans to watch our film in their nearest theater and buy the book from an establishment that honors freedom of speech. Once they do that, they will understand why the President and his allies are so afraid of this message and determined to keep it from reaching the American people.

To leave Costco a message on their Facebook Page about their actions, click here.

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  • NDK says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I went to Costco’s website, ready to send them an email, only to learn that Costco has decided to reorder the book for sale at Costco.

  • Chuck says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    This is a real shocker! COSTCO is censoring anti-Obama books while the New York Times will not put D’Souza’s ‘America’ on its best selling list even as is ranks as number eight. Folks . . . can you feel the walls finally closing in from all sides? We went to see Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ on the 4th of July. It was great!
    Saul Alinsky has listed eight levels of control that must be obtained before you can create a socialist state. Number six of Saul Alinsky’s list of “How to Create a Socialist State” is Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.

  • Biteme says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    You are a sad little man to think that your book was pulled for anything more than shelf space. Rile up your fan base and start a campaign. Common thinking for those that control low education thinkers.

  • Gene Hill says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    So says the liar, thief and convicted felon, cry me a river Dinish D’Souza. If You do NOT like American and are a convicted felon, go back to Your native country, India.

  • SusanD says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Sir, I personally thank you for your courage, integrity and plain old guts! You are receiving such hell from some. I apologize for your having to be tormented by people for whom you are fighting. The world would be a better place if we had more solid men like you. You are in my prayers. Susan Dejnozka RN

  • raylanfear says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Every family should see the movie, great history lesson.

  • Gloria says:

    July 8, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I bought your book yesterday at Barnes and Noble. I will be boycotting Costco. Saw my Dr today and showed him the book which he will also be buying. So glad you’re an American.
    Gloria Mitchell

  • steve king says:

    July 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Why did Costco sell the book in the first place, then suddenly pull the book? That’s the real question. Here’s the real answer. There’s a two step process used to destroy the reputation of your subject (D’Souza). The first step is to “lift up” your subject (D’Souza) by using the reputation of a “big” brand name, in this case Costco. Costco has name recognition in public opinion and what’s good for Costco must be good for America. The final and second step is to “bring down” the reputation of your subject (D’Souza). Again, since Costco has name recognition, they simply pull the book suddenly from all stores in an act to show disapproval for books subject matter and thus the Author. Hey, what’s good for Costco must be good for America. So I say again, why did Costco sell the book in the first place? This is my opinion… just sayin! Why would Costco remove a book that was a top seller in their stores?

  • Sherrie. Bak says:

    July 8, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Great movie. Should be seen by every American.
    Downloaded book rom Amazon.
    Will not be renewing membership to Costco. Shame on them.

  • tonygreene113 says:

    July 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    They’re now trying to walk back their censorship. The costco Facebook page was set afire by thousands of anti-costco sentiment. The tone being – cancelling my membership ASAP!!

  • Jim says:

    July 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    I will never step foot in a Cosco again!

  • CJ says:

    July 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    We cancelled our Costco membership. We have been executive members for a LONG time. We preceded to Sams Club and bought your book. I loved Costco…but nothing is more important than our freedoms.

  • Jillian Kane says:

    July 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    My family saw the movie, “America,” last weekend. My two teens really liked it and my daughter said to me afterwards, “Mom, I’m so glad we’re conservative.”
    Tried to buy the book at Costco this afternoon, having heard this story but wanting to check it out for myself. Circled the book section 3 times. Nothing. Went to Customer Service to ask, and the clerk said, “Oh… deleted?” She thought that was odd, and helpfully tried to continue to find it. I thanked her for her effort but told her it just confirmed what I’d heard. So sad.
    Thank you for all you’ve done to help the conservative effort! May God bless you abundantly!

  • GetTheFacts says:

    July 9, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    I always used to think that Conservatives based their arguments on facts, and it was Liberals that went on emotion. The fact is that the sales of the book were abysmal. Note, I am *NOT* calling the book or movie abysmal (so save your flames), just reciting sales facts. Yes, I work at a Costco, and yes, I am a Conservative, so I too was somewhat dismayed at the news stories that have been circulating. But I decided to check the facts before making up my mind. And the facts are, that the sales were less than $100 a week at my building (working out to be less than a book a day) for the entire month that it was on the book tables. And that “performance” was echoed throughout the company. From a purely business standpoint, having an item with that poor of sales taking up valuable (and extremely limited) space is a bad decision. Not a conspiracy. Was it bad timing? Perhaps. Would sales have been better had the book release been timed to coincide with the movie release? Most likely. But that is not the reality of the situation. Had a fraction of the people who are condemning Costco for this perceived slight actually gotten off of their asses and actually bought the book when it was released, perhaps sales would have warranted keeping it in stock longer. But again, I am a Conservative who deals with facts, and not on wishes and “could have beens”.

  • Kim says:

    July 9, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    At 5:30 pm July 8, 2014, I read online that costco pulled your book America from its stores. After researching enough to convince me it tied right in with the recent campaign contributions as ordered by the occupant in the white house, we immediately cancelled our memberships and their Amex cards. Good riddance to any company that supports this administration and is against free speech and America itself. When we got home and checked online again, a retraction from costco they will not pull and keep the book. Fancy that! We’ll still avoid costco like the black plague it is. Their double talk is pathetic.

    Dinesh, thank you for all you’re doing!!!!!!! May God always protect you with armies of His angels.

  • Ban Really says:

    July 9, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Seriously? Costco banned your book?

    Costco is not a general bookstore, I have trouble finding all kinds of books there, they typically carry books for a short time after release or when it first hits the charts. They also carry seasonal books, summer reading, travel guides, educational books, etc. If this was a bookstore that refused to keep 1-2 copies of your book on the shelf you might have my attention. This doesn’t sound like a ban, it sounds more like a programmed swap of books that may have even been scheduled months earlier when they placed the initial order.

  • Bill says:

    July 9, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Why is Amazon currently quoting a ship time of “Usually ships in 3 to 4 WEEKS?” Are your publishers waiting on a second printing, or is this something in Amazon’s supply chain?

  • H. S. Johnson says:

    July 9, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    I formed a FaceBook page to protest this through boycott. All who wish to like the page are welcome.

    “Boycott Costco for Censoring Conservatives.” Go to https://www.facebook.com/BoycottCostco.

    If anyone wants to submit Original artwork for the “Profile Pic” or “Cover Photo” are free to submit their artwork and I will consider it for those locations. I just don’t have the time for the artwork at this point.

  • Woody says:

    July 9, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    So what?

    OMG Costco choose not to carry your book. I don’t carry your book either. Walmart has been choosing not to carry certain books and music for years. Seriously, if Costco is going to make or break your brand, you’ve got bigger problems already.

  • bill p says:

    July 9, 2014 at 7:49 AM

    I also had a executive american express card which I just changed back to the regular amex with no rewards. Amex andcostco suck. I went from 900 a month to 0.

  • nathan says:

    July 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Wtf makes you so special anyways? Maybe your book sucks.

  • Patrice says:

    July 9, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I’m glad I NEVER shop at Costco!!! I don’t care if they re-ordered the book, they should of NEVER taken it off the shelf!!!

  • J says:

    July 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Costco pulled the book because it did not sell. Do not blame them for your crappy book!

  • Wendy says:

    July 9, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    This is a farce. The book was pulled simply because it didn’t sell. The store I work at sold 5 in a month. Books get pulled when they don’t sell to make room for more titles. There is a plethora of conservative books on the table as I type. Obviously if this were a politically motivated move, all of them would have been “banned” (can we get any more dramatic?) But congrats on your publicity stunt….maybe it’ll sell now!!! Rock on sir! You went from unknown to the new conservative champion overnight!

  • Daisi says:

    July 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    I called our Costco store in Salt lake City just now. The gentleman told me that the book was there in June and because of the low sales that is why it was pulled in a month. He said they regularly pull books. It was not a political move. I told him the movie was just released and so I thought that is why people are now looking for the book. If you make a comment or complaint and they get enough requests it possibly could come back.

  • Robert griego says:

    July 9, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Conservatives aka obstructionist, please stop shopping at costco and go to your holier than thou hobby lobby store. Lmao…was this even a “ban? The author is nothing more than a fear mongering, propaganda spewing, doomsday saying, finger pointing idealist. Some of the comments supporting the author are WAY out there too. Do some of you even proof read what you say? Soooo….what has changed for any of you anyways? Personally…not some nonsense from conservative websites or t.v.and radio. How has YOUR life changed???? Before the name calling begins. ..no I am not a liberal, democrat, or even a big fan of Obama. Independent here. Read “getthefacts” comment above. He provides a straight forward honest opinion without reverting to silly name calling . Paranoia self destroya!

  • jeanne anne decosta says:

    July 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    sheesh~ they make a business decision to fill the space taken up by a book with other books that sell better & the author pitches a whine about it & blames Obama !! he should blame himself for writing a boring book no1 wants to read ~~ ~

  • Felicia Marsh says:

    July 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Sorry this book is NOT on the best sellers list! Perhaps they took it off because they had to return it to the vendor because it isn’t selling? I have seen Costco sell all sorts of controversial books in the 25+ years I have been a member there. It sounds to me like the you are upset by other reasons…

  • ihaveservedthenation says:

    July 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Since when have good business standards been so mislabeled and so unreservedly villified? If Tom Clancy had written as poorly as Dines D’Souza writes, his books would never have taken off. Of course, he appealed to readers who can think their way out of a soap bubble! D’Souza has no such high standards … and deserves to have his drivel taken off the shelves … if only because the empty shelves would be symbolic of D’Souza ‘ s quality. Empty book deserves no shelf. D’Sousa thinks book can only sell if Costco stocks it! LOL!!!

  • JM says:

    July 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    its a shame for industry or writers this happens. i am ashamed to be one of this world .that do this. i hope they are punished i not here by god

  • MMB says:

    July 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    I would never have believed some Costco EXs were so arrogant / out of touch / disdain for customers.
    I do not plan to visit Costco stores any time soon. I am considering returning my AmExp card.

  • brenda lopez says:

    July 9, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    I was in Costco a couple of weeks ago….couldn’t get over how many Hillary Clinton books were stuffed in every corner of that store…..what gets me is the fact that sales are VERY low on her book….if what they are saying is true, there should not be any in their store.

  • Gordon Hilgers says:

    July 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    D’Souza you are absolutely right on this issue. I have been waiting for Walmart and Costco to sell copies of Dr. Sheldon Wolin’s “Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Totalitarianism”, Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism”, Karl Marx’s “Das Kapital”, and even Ron Padget’s book of poetry, “How Long”.

    Freakin’ Commie rats!

  • Just B says:

    July 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    It is ridiculous for folks to talk about the book not selling and the precious table space the book was taking up….and how if a book doesn’t sell “good enough”, they remove it. Non-sense. If they are so concerned about table space they could get rid of all of those children’s books and coloring books which take up an amazing amount of space.
    Costco has the right to sell what they want, and we have the right not to shop there. Cancelled my executive membership.

  • Diane Kerchner says:

    July 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Sir, you ARE my new American Hero. I praise GOD for your birth and your work and your creations.
    I have seen 2016 and America…and although I realized it would be hard for me to see America, I took my spouse anyway. I was, however, totally unprepared for the depth of emotion your film welled up in me. UNCONTROLLABLE WEEPING audibly in the theatre from a very private person is not my style, but unavoidable on this occasion. The power of hearing the truth spoken and explained in a sane, unemotional manner I find more passionate than anything I can recall ever hearing in my lifetime. Your response to the crisis in America is simply Divine. I applaud your all American honesty. Tis so refreshing and inspiring that I find myself speechless. So I will simply thank you, from the depths of my very soul…and if you will have me, I will call you Brother.

  • jme1304 says:

    July 10, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    The Pres and his allies seem to be afraid of much, to the extent of shaming the public against buying, watching, listening, reading anything that questions their actions.

  • Ja says:

    July 10, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    They didn’t think anyone would want to buy this book and now there is demand they are ordering it. not political at all just straight american capitalism.

  • Greg says:

    July 10, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    How the hell is a book being ‘censored’ just because they don’t sell it? I’m still trying to wrap my mind around that. So if I walk into a McDonalds and order a Burger King Whopper, are they censoring or in some other way suppressing my rights or the rights of someone else just because they don’t sell me a fucking Whopper? Some of you seriously seem to lack the ability to think at all. Look, he very clearly and plainly even tells you that the only reason he was really upset, is because it would hurt his pocketbook. That’s it. He flat out tells you that. Seriously, before he tries to sway any of your opinions, he openly and honestly says that he’s pissed because it affects how much money he’ll be making. What about this is so hard for some of you to understand?

  • Trinidad79 says:

    July 10, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Let me start off by saying at I am usually influenced heavily by republican ideology. I usually agree with most of what the conservative “talking heads” say on TV. Last night I watched the America movie and felt a sincere sense of pride in our country when it was over. The stories were inspiring and the message of the movie was hopeful and patriotic.
    That being said, I find myself shocked at the misinformation that has been spread and obvious agenda that the conservative media seems to have concerning Costco and the America book. Shocked and disheartened because I know that if I didn’t know what I know, I would be just as upset as most people. People who are commenting things like “Boycott Costco” or ” I am never shopping there again”. What is it that I know?
    I work for Costco. I have for 15 years. I know that what I am about to say will most likely fall on deaf ears because most people will not accept a simple explanation to an issue that they feel is very complicated . But I will try anyway.
    Every week Costco “pulls” books. Some weeks is 10 titles some weeks it’s 30 or more. The decision to pull a book is made based on sales, plain and simple. Even if a book, or any item for that matter, might produce decent sales it might still be pulled to make space for a potentially BETTER selling item or title. How many times have you been to Costco and can’t find an item that you purchased before only to find out that it was discontinued. But guess what, on your way out that day you probably came across a cool new item that just came in at a great price. All of a sudden you forgot about the item you came in for.Costco does not “BAN” books just like it does not ban the organic chia seeds or 20 pk of toothpaste that didn’t sell as well as we hoped.
    I was so intrigued with this issue that I looked up sales for the America book on our inter company computer and sure enough in the past four weeks sales were not good. There were actually other books on the pull list that had sold more than America. Now of course sales have risen due in large part to the controversy started by the media and maybe in part to the movie. Costco has re ordered the book due to both the increased sales and the public outcry ( as misinformed as it might be). Sounds like a pretty ruthless publicity campaign to sell books and movie tickets to me.
    Like I said before, most people who already have their minds made up will probably not be swayed by anything I have said. To those I can only say, I am proud to work for Costco just like I am proud to be an American. I am proud because I have seen first hand time and time again for the past 15 years of my employment, a company that takes the high road every single time. A great company that truly cares about its employees, customers, vendors and shareholders. Up until yesterday every time I tell someone I work at Costco the response is always “I love Costco!”
    As for the issue of Costco being an Obama supporter. Not true. Private funds from US citizens who work at Costco are the only donations that any political party would have received. That is one of the many rights that we citizens have that hopefully won’t be infringed by anyone. Directly or indirectly, Liberal or Conservative.
    The word “banned” probably gets more views than “regularly scheduled Tuesday book pulls”. Just saying.

  • Trinidad79 says:

    July 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I posted a comment supporting Costco as well as my allegiance to conservative philosophy about an hour ago. It mysteriously disappeared from here. So now all I have to do is bitch about it, make a movie and get rich. Excellent!

  • DemoratBundlerWatch says:

    July 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Michael Savage has had NUMEROUS New York Times Best Sellers, and I’ve never seen his books even in Northern California Costcos.
    But you sure saw puff pieces like Hillary’s Choice and the Ghostwritten Bill & Hill books during the same time

    Costco claiming it isn’t a book store to excuse themselves from the controversy, would be like them saying they aren’t a BAKERY! They sure sell a LOT OF MUFFINS AND CAKES, don’t they?

    Go ahead and be a 1%er Democrat Bundler, but don’t try to get over on your customers by lying

  • Bageeria says:

    July 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    This movie and book are the ‘Common Sense’ pamphlet for our time. For those 33% of Americans that have the spirit of 1776 this will galvanize us to action of all sorts. We will direct our efforts to the 33% of Americans with their mugs on one side of the fence and their wumps on the other side. For the final 33% percent that oppose – well I will happily escort you to Canada – or any other country of your choice.

  • Debbie says:

    July 13, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    The Costco at 791 Marks Street, Henderson, Nevada is not going to put your book out. I asked just a few days ago. An employee said they are not going to sell the book at their store. So I guess that statement from Costco is either a lie or something they are leaving up to the discretion of their store managers.