The biggest book of the decade with all of the leftist publishing and media world behind it sells… 3120 copies

Hey, I’m in good company:

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.

At least my publisher — some guy calling himself me — never said, ‘Kid, I expect you to sell 10,000-12,000 books in the first two weeks’. The arsehole actually said  ‘Nobody will buy your crappy book because nobody knows you and nobody likes a smart-alec professor’. That was a cruel judgement, but at least it was true.

As for this news about the Kavanaugh book… I’m tempted to say that while leftists are happy to read newspaper reports that are full of nothing but lies, even they don’t want to read a full-length book that is full of nothing but hundreds of pages of lies. But even that’s not true, is it? Because, in fact, they spend all their time reading books like that. So it seems that some packs of lies have legs, and some don’t. The Kavanaugh pack has burned out, because (a) it won’t fly, and (b) his appointment is now too hard to overturn, so leftists’ resources are best directed to softer targets.

The only sensible way for the authors to respond is to write a screenplay based on the latest Joker movie where the authors turn to bizarre and hilarious crime capers to hide the sadness and failure behind their eyes. Their tactics were standard issue faultless, but they chose the wrong target.

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3 thoughts on “The biggest book of the decade with all of the leftist publishing and media world behind it sells… 3120 copies

  1. Doubtful many actually want to read the thing. Those 3120 copies will mostly come out when visitors are expected, and be artfully placed on the owners’ coffee tables.

    So the estimate of 880 ebooks sold is probably on the high side.

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