Accuracy in Media

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.

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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.”

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  • dbwtihdave

    She’s been making political choices not hard choices like Gates book says

  • Wellstone

    217,000 copies in 6 weeks is not chopped liver, that is HUGE for a non-fiction hardcover. The book is still selling well. It is on the NY Times best seller list at #5 this week 2 of August 2014, and it looks like the 775,000 copies left will come in very handy to Schuster if HRC becomes the Dem candidate in a couple years. They will sell them all and make a handsome return.
    I think Don Irvine simply does not like Hillary and does not want her to do well..