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Book That Tried to Smear Justice Kavanaugh Bombs in Sales

Book That Tried to Smear Justice Kavanaugh Bombs in Sales

“one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade”

The new book intended to smear Justice Brett Kavanaugh certainly got plenty of promotion by the New York Times. Unfortunately for the authors, that publicity backfired, and the proof is in the book’s dismal opening sales numbers.

Paul Bedard reports at the Washington Examiner:

New York Times Kavanaugh book bombs, just 3,120 sold, Amazon rank #6,795

The latest book on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a critical biography from two New York Times reporters that made new sexual assault charges that were immediately undermined, has suffered an epic sales crash, according to publishing insiders.

Expected to sell at least 10,000-12,000 in the first two weeks and propel The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation onto the newspaper’s bestseller hardcover list, it has sold about a third of that in the first two weeks.

A publishing source provided the latest BookScan numbers, which can account for about 80% of sales. That number is 3,120. “If you add in ebooks — they may have sold a total of 4,000. That’s one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade,” said the source.

By comparison, another Kavanaugh book, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, which details the Democratic war on the Trump nominee, has sold 60,000 books and a total of 100,000 copies since its July 9 debut. It was written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino and published by Regnery.

The book was so obviously meant to fuel Democrat efforts to impeach and remove Kavanaugh from the Supreme Court, but no one is buying it. What a shame.

Many people used this opportunity to praise Mollie Hemingway’s successful book.

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I wonder if Chuck Todd, Fredo Cuomo, Brian Stelter or Nicolle Wallace bought copies?

“Justice on Trial” is an excellent summary of what was largely visible on TV, etc. Ryan Lovelace’s “Search and Destroy” digs deeper, comes up with additional facts on Blasey Fords work on an abortion related drug (though the use she was researching at the time was not abortion focused.) and is well worth a read as well. I actually have only read bits and pieces of Pogrebin and Kelly’s “Education of Brett Kavanaugh”. Alas the obvious effort to spin the follow-up to the Ramirez story undercut its credibility big time – that plus Ms Pogrebin’s failure to mention key pertinent facts.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm

I’m starting to suspect all these BIG BIG BOOK DEALS
are nothing more than laundering/pass on BRIBE MONEY!!!!!!

just to prove the nyt’s desire to be consistent in it’s reporting, they have it listed as #1 on their chart

“one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade”

Translation: Look for the Obama’s to produce it as a mini-series on Netflix, while the authors bank a cool $2 million from the option rights.

Legal graft.

not surprised it bombed–all the hype/smear/hysteria is too transparent

didn’t watch all the proceedings(simply couldn’t endure the bs) but believe the main reason it bombed is kavanaugh himself–he is what he says he is–a decent man of intellect, a man of faith and honor, a man that believes in the rule of law–don’t possess the training of many here so cannot rate his legal chops but as to his character, believe him to be a good man who will listen and consider

amatuerwrangler | October 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Somehow I doubt that the sale of 3k copies will cover the advance. So the authors did OK and the publisher is on the hook. All this makes the idea that this is a vehicle for paying the writers to push the narrative down the road. It can probably be dressed up to look like a business expense by the publisher.

Now if you want to read an interesting and serious book you might give Jim Mattis’ book “Call Sign Chaos” a tumble. If you do, don’t expect an anti-Trump screed (or pro-Trump for that matter) because its not there.

    Cover the advance? 3k copies won’t cover the cost of setting up the press, or the cost of reimbursing the book stores when they return boxes of untouched books, or even a tiny fraction of what they spent on the publicity campaign, or the cost of the press conference they’re going to have when the publishers declare how wonderfully the book is doing, etc…

    If you thought a house was a hole in the ground into which you pour money, a liberal book is a huge sucking black hole of cash sucking.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 5, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Wonder if Clint Eastwood’s new movie will have an accompanying book?

“Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ Punches Fake News in the Nose

The trailer for the Oscar legend’s newest film shows how the media, and false narratives, make a mockery of the truth.

The film’s press notes go to the heart of the matter: “Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, “Richard Jewell” is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth……”

“That number is 3,120, add in ebooks for a total of maybe 4,000 total.”

3,112 of which were purchased by public libraries. That’s the publisher-government-media money grift. Ninety-two percent of the books currently sold to libraries are hard left of center – be it millennial woke fiction or woke non-fiction. The ‘new arrivals’ shelf at my local library is stocked full of woke literature.

Pro Fidel Castro and Che Guevara books? We’ve plenty of those. And not a few of them are YA readers. Woke authors and publishers ruined sci-fi, crime, drama, mystery and fantasy books for me. And new non-fiction history titles are even worse. All of it revisionism. It’s sickening.

    Tiki in reply to Tiki. | October 5, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    I’ll add this bit for balance. My local library always buys a few books by authors considered to be right wing – like Bill O’Reilly’s ridiculous and historically inaccurate series of “Killing Somebody” non-fiction dreck (good gosh his stuff is s**t) or throw-away polemics like Ann Coulter’s, Micheal Savage or Sean Hannity’s garbage.

    Locally we do have access to Victor Davis Hanson’s classicist books – so there’s that. There’s one copy of Molly Hemingway’s current book at another branch. One copy of Scott Adam’s book about something. I’m not a huge fan.

    But here’s the catch – the librarian shelves multiple copies of leftist garbage. We’ve access to dozens of Adult and YA titles devoted to Hillary Clinton, the Kennedy Family, Barack Obama (expensive coffee table books) and many more.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

I sure hope Sidney Powell finds some time to write more books about today’s history in the making.

Conservative Beaner | October 5, 2019 at 8:10 pm

Good thing about recycling is they can recycle the books into toilet paper.

I wonder how Jim Acosta’s “Dear Diary” is selling?