Just four weeks after it debuted, sales of Hillary Clinton's memoir Hard Choices have dropped so fast that it's been shoved out of the New York Times No. 1 best-seller slot by the anti-Clinton book Blood Feud, the nation's new nonfiction top seller.
According to industry sources, the July 13 New York Times list of best-sellers will show author Ed Klein's Blood Feud in the No. 1 slot followed by Clinton's Hard Choices, a somewhat embarrassing turn for the former first lady and secretary of state as she mulls a 2016 bid for the presidency.
The online NYT preview of “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” has Klein in first place. Clinton leads him in hardcover nonfiction, but her swift drop in sales and Klein's steady sales could reverse that this week, industry representatives told Secrets.
Klein's book, published by Regnery, details a feud between the Clintons and Obamas. His recent book about Obama, The Amateur, was also a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.
Clinton’s memoir has been hit by critics as too cautious and sales, after opening with about 85,000 in hardcovers alone, have dropped nearly 50 percent each week. For the latest July 13 calculation, Clinton sold just 26,190 hardcovers, according to industry sources. E-book numbers weren’t provided, but are small.
Klein, meanwhile, topped her combined number for July 13 with 17,500 hardcover sales and 13,033 e-book sales.
The sales slump for Hard Choices is dramatic when compared to her previous 2003 work, Living History, which in the first week sold nearly five times as many as Hard Choices.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.
Week 1 hardcover sales: "Living History," 438,701. "Hard Choices," 85,721.
Week 2 sales: "Living History," 168,676. "Hard Choices," 48,227.
Week 3: "Living History," 106,658. "Hard Choices," 26,190.