Meanwhile, Republicans who have similarly aimed to boost their profile with a book — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — have paled in comparison. In fact, Clinton’s two weeks of sales top the total sales to date of books by Paul, Rubio, Bush, Ryan, Walker and Huckabee — combined. [Huffington Post]
HILLARY’S BOOK is a snore, it’s “disappointing,” “tanking,” “bombing,” except that when you compare her to the Republican author slate, she’s beating all the GOP boys’ club books by a mile. Huffington Post has the numbers. Clinton is joined by progressive star Senator Elizabeth Warren, who out sold her Republican rivals as well.
Meanwhile, China is evidently scared of Hillary’s book and the amazing story she tells about Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng and how the U.S. State Department aided him.
Hillary Clinton’s new book will not be sold in mainland China, despite efforts by her publisher, Simon & Schuster, to sell the memoir there. Chinese publishers have declined to purchase translation rights to Hard Choices, an account of Clinton’s four years as secretary of state, her publisher told BuzzFeed. [BuzzFeed]
Clinton isn’t the only one putting conservative book sales to shame. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a liberal sweetheart to whom many have dished the big 2016 question, has sold more than 65,000 copies of A Fighting Chance since its April release, almost doubling the leading seller of the Republican bunch.
Huckabee leads the GOP authors with 35,503 copies sold. Rubio is right behind him with just over 35,000 sales. None of the others has hit 20,000. Bush has sold fewer than 5,000 copies of his book, Immigration Wars.
Yet the right calls Hillary Clinton’s book tour a “disaster.”
Hillary haters keep trying, but the facts don’t match the mudslinging.
–“HARD CHOICES” remains at #1 for the second week in a row on the N.Y. Times bestseller list of July 6. – Mike Allen, Politico Playbook