I said good books.
And I said read:
Hillary Clinton’s new memoir “Hard Choices” experienced a 43% drop in sales in its second week on bookshelves, according to numbers from Nielsen BookScan.
After 85,721 copies of “Hard Choices” were purchased in the book’s first week, 48,227 copies of the memoir sold in the second week, according to Nielsen numbers, which make up roughly 85% of all retail book sales and were provided to CNN by a publishing source.
There is good and bad news in the numbers for Clinton and her allies.
The good news: While her first memoir, “Living History,” sold 438,000 copies in its first week, it experienced a 62% drop off in the second week. So comparatively, “Hard Choices” didn’t have as big a fall.
“Living History” would go on to sell 1.1 million copies, according to Nielsen.
The bad news is that Clinton critics who have been closely watching how her 656-page tome to American diplomacy and her time at state will likely be given ammunition with this first to second week drop off.
But Pinter said no matter how much Clinton sells the book, the “reviews were tepid enough to squelch interest from everyone but hardcore Hillary devotees.”
“Hardcore Hillary devotees”? That’s an image I didn’t need. But it’s hard for Hillary to compete with a better book:
On Wednesday, “Hard Choices” was No. 21 among Amazon’s best-sellers. (“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is No. 3.)
When given a choice between fiction and nonfiction, most readers will choose nonfiction every time.
Blood Feud—in which we learn…
Valerie Jarrett runs the White House
While followers of the White House are aware of Jarrett’s sway as the president’s closest consigliere, the extent of this closeness is somewhat staggering…
Hillary attempted to physically intimidate Obama as Secretary of State
“Some of Hillary’s arguments with the president actually turned physical. Once, according to a source close to Valerie Jarrett, Hillary jabbed Obama’s chest with her finger to make a point. When Obama reported the finger-jabbing incident to Michelle, he said that he couldn’t believe Hillary had done that to the president of the United States. He was more amazed than angry about the impulsive attack.”
Bill Clinton commissioned (and threatened to leak) a poll prior to the 2012 election that would have shown Hillary Clinton to be more popular than the president, and potentially led to a challenge to his nomination
Obama stabbed the Clintons in the back for 2016
“‘Obama cut right to the chase,’ Clinton’s associate continued. ‘He said he wasn’t prepared to turn over his campaign’s digital operations, data mining, and social media juggernaut to the Clintons. Instead, he said he was going to fold that operation into Organization for Action, his second-term political pressure group. Hillary would have to build her own data and analytics system. Bill listened, said, ‘Okay,’ and let it go at that.
‘Then Obama said it was too early to make a decision about 2016 and who he was going to support of the Democratic Party nomination. He wasn’t prepared to back Hillary now. He was keeping his options open. He was reneging on his promise.
‘Bill’s blood began to boil. He was speechless with rage.
What really happened when Hillary initially postponed testifying on Benghazi
[A]s soon as Bill appeared on the scene and was able to assess Hillary’s condition for himself, he ordered that she be immediately flown to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in…Manhattan. When Reines subsequently released a statement confirming that Hillary was being treated…it naturally intensified speculation about the seriousness of her medical condition.
While she was at the hospital, doctors diagnosed Hillary with several problems.
She had a right transverse venous thrombosis, or a blood clot between her brain and skull…
To make matters worse, it turned out that Hillary had an intrinsic tendency to form clots and faint [Klein goes on to recount several other past fainting spells].
…According to a source close to Hillary, a thorough medical examination revealed that Hillary’s tendency to form clots was the least of her problems…Put into layman’s language, her heart valves were not pumping in a steady way.”
Who Obama is going to hand-select for 2016
“‘It’s going to be a dogfight,’ replied Bill [...] ‘They say he’s looking around for a candidate who’s just like him. Someone relatively unknown. Someone with a fresh face. He’s convinced himself that he’s been a brilliant president, and he wants to clone himself–to find his Mini-Me.
He thinks that your mother and I are what he calls ‘so twentieth century.’ He’s looking for another Barack Obama.’”
I skipped the part about Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett carrying on a permanent campaign after the administration. While Michelle isn’t as pretty as he (thinks he) is, she might do.