UPDATE: Frist claims that he donated the profits from this book to charity. Which is fine. But it doesn't change the point of my post.
Frist certainly capitalized on the anthrax attacks and 9/11 to write this book in 2002, and raise his political profile. Perhaps for a run for President in 2008.
But, it turned out to be very "profitable" for him in the shorter term because he became Bush's choice for Majority Leader when Trent Lott went down in flames. Did this book cause that to happen? Not on its own, no.
But, it certainly didn't hurt, and probably had at least a marginal impact on making Frist an attractive alternative to Lott.
Thus, one can "profit" from a book in more ways than one.
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