Ron Paul doesn't have much in common politically with Barack Obama.
He's an iconoclastic congressman from Texas still running an insurgent campaign for the Republican nomination though John McCain has it wrapped up. Obama is senator from Illinois almost certainly soon to be the Democratic nominee after a campaign that is more of a movement.
They both have used the Internet to raise enormous sums of campaign cash, and now they share something else -- a place atop the New York Times bestseller list.
Paul's newest book, "The Revolution: A Manifesto," is number one on the list for May 18. "The ranking is yet another of the many successes Dr. Paul has had during his presidential candidacy spreading his message of personal freedom and constitutional government," his campaign said in a statement.
After its official release on April 30, the book was the number one bestseller on Amazon.com and remains the number one bestseller in political books.
Obama's "The Audacity of Hope" reached the top of the Times bestseller list in 2006, and the autobiographical "Dreams from My Father" did so when it was reissued in 2004.
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