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Obama memoir sells record 1.7 million copies in first week

George W Bush's Decision Points sold 775,000 copies its first week and Bill Clinton's My Life topped 1 million in eight days. The two presidential memoirs have now each sold between 3.5 and 4 million copies, totals that Obama's book should easily surpass.

By: AP | Washington | Updated: November 25, 2020 12:44:20 pm
US elections, US elections 2020, US presidential elections, US presidential elections 2020, US economy, US racial equality, World news, Indian ExpressA Promised Land, the first of two planned volumes, was published on November 17 and sold nearly 890,000 copies just on its first day. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Former President Barack Obama’s A Promised Land sold more than 1.7 million copies in North America in its first week, roughly equal to the combined first-week sales of memoirs by his two immediate predecessors and among the highest ever for a non-fiction book.

Crown announced Tuesday that it had increased its initial print run from 3.4 million copies to 4.3 million. Sales also include audio and digital books.

A Promised Land, the first of two planned volumes, was published on November 17 and sold nearly 890,000 copies just on its first day. Among former White House residents, only Obama’s wife Michelle approaches his popularity as a writer. Her Becoming, published in 2018, has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is currently in the top 20 on Amazon.com.

George W Bush’s Decision Points sold 775,000 copies its first week and Bill Clinton’s My Life topped 1 million in eight days. The two presidential memoirs have now each sold between 3.5 and 4 million copies, totals that Obama’s book should easily surpass. No non-fiction comes close to the pace set by J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which in 2007 sold more than eight million copies in its first 24 hours.

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