Accuracy in Media

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Despite a media-fueled book tour that had former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appearing on both broadcast and cable news networks, and at heavily-hyped book signings in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area, sales for Clinton’s new book got off to a sluggish start.

According to Nielsen Bookscan—which represents approximately 70 to 80 percent of print sales—Hard Choices sold 85,721 copies, which was far below the 438,000+ that Clinton’s first book, Living History, sold in 2003. It also trailed the week’s bestselling fiction title, Written In My Heart’s Own Blood, the latest ‘Outlander’ novel from Diana Gabaldon, which sold 88,751 copies.

For most authors, sales like Clinton’s would be considered a smashing success. But according to The Weekly Standard, a source at Simon and Schuster said that the publisher was targeting sales of 150,000, making the book a disappointment.

Simon and Schuster, which gave Clinton an $8 million advance in 2000 for her first book, Living History, profited mightily when the book sold over 1,150,000 copies when it was published in 2003. They are unlikely to see the same return this time around, especially since they forked over $14 million to Hillary to pen Hard Choices.

The lackluster sales are likely the result of less-than groundbreaking content in the book, along with Hillary fatigue. After all, she was the First Lady for eight years, a U.S. Senator for a little over seven years and Secretary of State for nearly five years. Plus, her media interviews have largely been disasters, and instead of giving the book a sales boost, they may have done exactly the opposite.

Even though Hillary is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president in 2016, her recent uneven performance gives hope to other prospective candidates that her nomination isn’t guaranteed. And that view seems to be growing even among her liberal media supporters.

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    Our government will buy all the books distribute them to all the schools to become required reading.

  • Hillary claims they were dead broke in leaving the WHite House. In 2001 the Clinton Foundation was worth $10B USD and during the Clinton Administration they had invested in Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and other technology stocks to get those billions worth of investments. Hillary made her first millions working as a lawyer for Walmart to outsource manufacturing to China and then did that White Water scam for more millions and claimed “The computer lost the email and documents due to a hard drive crash” so they were found innocent of any crimes. Hillary gave the order to withdraw troops in Benghazi when the embassy was threatened. Bill Clinton ignored the warnings of 911, and Bush also ignored the 911 memo and warnings. The best thing to happen to Bill Clinton was Monica Lewinsky and Hillary didn’t even write about that, it made Bill very popular with the horndogs out there.