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Friday, July 11, 2014

Of all the headaches of her current book tour -- the declining sales, the constant travel, the interviews that generated unkind headlines about her family's wealth -- this one may sting Hillary Rodham Clinton the most: Her memoir, Hard Choices, has just been toppled from its spot on the best-seller list by a sensational Clinton account by her longtime antagonist Edward Klein. It is a powerful statement about today's publishing realities that Klein's book, a 320-page unauthorized and barely sourced account full of implausible passages, including one about a physical altercation between Clinton and President Obama, has landed atop the New York Times best-seller list, knocking Hard Choices to No. 2.

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Despite criticism from some right-leaning commentators, Klein is capitalizing on the confluence of two potent market forces: the conservative book-buying public, which has continued to generate sales despite the industry's overall slump, and the seemingly insatiable appetite for intimate details about the Clintons' family lives, even when the details themselves are factually suspect. (In one section in Klein's book, former President Bill Clinton demands that his wife get a face-lift. When she refuses, he gets one instead.)

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This just proves that only old white men buy books.

#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-07-11 02:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

-a 320-page unauthorized and barely sourced account full of implausible passages, including one about a physical altercation between Clinton and President Obama

Rwingers will believe anything that supports their prejudices.... especially if it isn't true.

#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-11 02:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Clinton's weak book sales are b/c the book from the reviews I've seen isn't interesting. It's measured to make her look good and try not to dump on Obama so he will endorse her. Face it the book was written so she could test the water for a presidential run and people don't like it.

#4 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-11 02:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"full of implausible passages, including one about a physical altercation between Clinton and President Obama"

That doesn't sound so implausible. It's well documented that Slick Willy has an explosive temper.

#5 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-11 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

lol, it's number 2 on thelist and has outsold any other potential candidate's book... which must mean, "people don't like it.".

Thanks for proving my point.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-11 02:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

Dalton, no way, she's running to matter what the book sales have been, are, or will be.

#7 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-07-11 02:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

-That doesn't sound so implausible.

Like I said, Clinton Haters will believe whatever reinforces their prejudice.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-11 02:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Republicans are sure wasting a lot of time and money bashing Hillary.

I'm gonna have a good laugh when she doesn't announce her candidacy.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2014-07-11 02:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

"lol, it's number 2 on thelist and has outsold any other potential candidate's book..."

argumentum ad populum

#10 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-11 02:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

#10

When used in retort to, "people don't like it.", it is a perfectly good argument. You need to check your prejudices, they make you say stupid things.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-11 02:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

According to a article on 7-4-2014 she was ranked number 1 on New York Times but, 57th on Amazon.

#12 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-11 02:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

" You need to check your prejudices, "

I confess. I'm prejudiced against Carlyle Clinton, based on watching her for the last 20 years.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-11 02:59 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

#13

Well, if you ever find someone you are for who can actually get elected, do let us know. Then you will be relevant.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-11 03:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

I merely stated what I had read regarding reviews. I wouldn't read a page of it b/c although it's classified as non fiction. I know it's full of lies.

#15 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-07-11 03:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

i feel bad for the murdered and pulverized tree corpses that both books are printed on...

"that your friend in the wood chipper?"

"yup. y'know margie, he's gonna be made into a hillary best-seller"

"yah?"

"yah!"

#16 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-07-11 03:35 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm gonna have a good laugh when she doesn't announce her candidacy.

#9 | POSTED BY CLOWNSHACK AT 2014-07-11 02:38 PM | FLAG:

There's no way we're that lucky.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-11 03:48 PM | Reply | Flag:

"There's no way we're that lucky."

Sad but true. She's the candidate of the DNC, Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, PNAC, the Carlyle Group, Goldmann-Sachs, the drug warriors, the NSA, DEA, etc. And a pack of authoritarian-liberals and deluded liberals.

#18 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-07-11 04:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

The check out stand tabloids regularly feature the Obamas and the Clintons with ridiculous headlines, they must sell pretty well because most of the grocery stores I shop have them right where you put your groceries on the moving belt. Books like Klein's sell well because some folks feel a need to view scandals about the powerful and famous. The fact they buy them says much more about them than any of those rags actually report truthfully about their subjects.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-11 04:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

"her longtime antagonist Edward Klein"

I doubt she even notices a little cankle biter like him.

#20 | Posted by Sully at 2014-07-11 04:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Like I said, Clinton Haters will believe whatever reinforces their prejudice.
#8 | POSTED BY CORKY

So you admit Clinton does have an explosive temper?

or is the NYT also looking for confirmation bias?

"Mr. Clinton's temper has been an issue for him as long as he has been in public life. But it has played an unusual role during the current campaign, his face turning red in public nearly every week, often making headlines as he defends his wife and injects himself, whether or not intentionally, into her race in sometimes distracting ways."
www.nytimes.com

Well, if you ever find someone you are for who can actually get elected, do let us know. Then you will be relevant.
#14 | POSTED BY CORKY

What an absurd statement. So the only opinion that makes ones opinion relevant is they are popular opinions? Talk about confirmation bias...

#21 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-07-11 04:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'd like to know how many of klein's books were bought in bulk by organizations that have made a living off hating her family for over two decades?

#22 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-11 05:48 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

#21

Tell us how unelectable candidates are relevant, other than as spoilers.

People who don't like something or someone but have no alternative just produce hot air.... or they enable the opposition.

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-11 05:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

Your fixed notion that somehow HIllary is the only electable Democrat is both wrong and annoying at this point.

#24 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-07-11 06:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Your fixed notion that somehow HIllary is the only electable Democrat is both wrong and annoying at this point.

#24 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-07-11 06:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

AMEN Moder8. Hillary is a Republican with a paper thin Democratic veneer. I don't know why some people can't see it.

#25 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-11 06:19 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Well, if you ever find someone you are for who can actually get elected, do let us know. Then you will be relevant.

#14 | Posted by Corky a

Translated someone who has been vetted by the corrupt corporate controlled Democratic Party machine.

#26 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-07-11 08:49 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

More distractions from the simple fact that both parties take their marching orders from the same set of dons; and not the masses.

#27 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-07-12 12:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

.... "Anti-Hillary Smear Book Outsells Hers"

.... So the gist of this Clinton "Brown Noser" article is that these despicable "Antagonists" are out to "Smear" Hilliary the Holy? Isn't it terrible that a "DEITY" like Hilliary Clinton must be harassed by these lying,contemptible Imps and Demons!

#28 | Posted by AntiCadillac at 2014-07-12 03:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

-Your fixed notion that somehow HIllary is the only electable Democrat

You should confine your lying to the courtroom, counselor.

I never said that.

#29 | Posted by Corky at 2014-07-12 03:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

Im sure both books contain the same amount of truth and diligence.

#30 | Posted by monkeylogic42 at 2014-07-12 04:28 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It is a powerful statement about today's publishing realities that Mr. Klein's book, a 320-page unauthorized and barely sourced account full of implausible passages, including one about a physical altercation between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama..."

Ain't that the truth? Soon, Liberty University will no doubt start a DVD re-release of the loony "Clinton Chronicles."

#31 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-07-12 08:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Translated someone who has been vetted by the corrupt corporate controlled Democratic Party machine."

No, the correct translation is: "give us a name."

#32 | Posted by danni at 2014-07-12 09:34 AM | Reply | Flag:

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