It’s been a long, tough slog for Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, but the former secretary of state may finally get a bit of good news, as her book is expected to surpass that of former defense secretary Robert Gates’ book, Duty.
According to Nielsen BookScan, Duty has sold 221,000 copies since its release earlier this year, compared to 217,000 for Hard Choices. Since Gates’ book has been out longer, it’s expected that Clinton will overtake him next week.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the book is a success. The publisher, Simon and Schuster, printed one million copies of Hard Choices, anticipating that enough people would buy anything Clinton, only to see sales fizzle.
It’s hard to say what the final sales total will be for Hard Choices, but suffice it to say that the book has been a huge flop. The publisher will almost certainly be flooded with hundreds of thousands of unsold copies that will likely wind up being recycled, giving new meaning to the term “pulp fiction.”