July 5, 2007, - 11:27 am

Omen?: American Bookbuyers Tire of Hillary Clinton

By Debbie Schlussel
It appears that book-buyers are “Hillary-ed out.” Is this an omen for her Presidential chances? Let’s hope so. Clinton fatigue is my favorite disease. May it spread nationwide. USA Today’s “Book Buzz” reports that there’s little buzz for Hillary on the bookshelf:

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The publishers of two books about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rushed to get them into print, but are book buyers Hillary-ed out? Her Way by Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr. (out June 8; 175,000 in print) had sold 11,000 copies as of June 24, according Nielsen BookScan, which accounts for 70% of books sold. A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein (out June 5; 300,000 in print) is faring a bit better with 31,000 copies sold, according to BookScan. Bernstein’s book entered USA TODAY’s list at No. 50 on June 14. Her Way never made the top 150, and neither bio is in the top 150 this week. But the presidential season is still unfolding. “Both (books) will chug along as long as Hillary is a potential winner,” says Barbara Meade, co-owner of Washington, D.C.’s Politics and Prose Bookstore.

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2 Responses

Both of those books are considered somewhat negative attacks on Hillary. If anything, their poor sales reflect the American public’s disinterest in attacks on Mrs. Clinton.

Hourman on July 5, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Given the marathon election season, I bet campaigns that stick to positive messages will keep the public’s ear the most.
Am curious how Obama’s books are doing,

Jeremiah on July 5, 2007 at 12:12 pm

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