Clinton’s book, cont.

Clinton’s book, cont.

: I’m a third of the way through listening to Clinton’s book and I have to say I’m enjoying it, especially as he goes through the details of political life. Sure, he has a few too many details in other areas (his Oxford room was down the hall on the left, up three stairs, right after that, across from the closet, down the hall, and up to the right, or something like that). And there are a few hokey moments. But when it gets to politics, this is Being Bill Clinton and that’s fun.

: Slate does the work for you and comes up with all the juicy bits.

: As if to repent for its Michiko Kakutani hatchet job on Clinton’s book Sunday, here’s an admiring piece by Larry McMurtry today.

: The NY Times says the book set records for sales in its first days, beating Hillary, and perhaps racking up 500k in a day. But then there’s the pissy local-angle story: It’s not selling well in East Texas. So, what, that means four copies instead of five?

: An autographed copy sold for $675 on eBay.

  • http://kenwheaton.blogspot.com ken

    Jeff,
    Don’t fall into the New York trap. It’s not selling well in MANY places. Just because a few hundred New Yorkers rushed to the bookstore for a signing (I saw a line wrapped around the block for Kate Bush signing autographs in 1993), and the other thousands or so went to Amazon to buy it… doesn’t mean the rest of the country gives (and I thank you for using this term in an earlier post cuz I love it) a monkey’s ass.

  • http://tvh.rjwest.com HH

    Well, it’s not selling well there… and the Maryland shore and Palm Beach (remember them?) and SF and Arizona and Houston and Cincy and Hudson Valley and Manitowoc and Northeast Georgia and San Antonio and Shenandoah Valley and Gainesville and Indianapolis and Saginaw and the Chicago suburbs and Ft. Wayne and Virginia Beach and Billgins and Sacramento…

  • http://tvh.rjwest.com HH

    Well, it’s not selling well there… and the Maryland shore and Palm Beach (remember them?) and SF and Arizona and Houston and Cincy and Hudson Valley and Manitowoc and Northeast Georgia and San Antonio and Shenandoah Valley and Gainesville and Indianapolis and Saginaw and the Chicago suburbs and Ft. Wayne and Virginia Beach and Billings and Sacramento…

  • http://thefatguy.com Scott Chaffin

    I’m willing to bet that the Flatlander’s latest album didn’t sell real well in NYC. Can I call that a pissy local angle? What the hell’s wrong with yall? Pull the stick out of your ass and get with it, bro.
    Just because you and a handful of others are falling all over yourselves to read (or possibly, listen to) BJ’s onanistic pulings means not a hell of a lot to us Big Dummies out here in the hinters. Welcome to the always-on wired and unwired 21st century. You ain’t all that, and some of us know it.

  • kkl

    What’s with the east Texas insult? Although I’m no longer living inside the beltway, I’m not going to buy the book either. Why? I don’t care what Bill Clinton has to say. Sounds like others feel the same way.

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/MT TC-LeatherPenguin

    Jeff? How much would your signed copy of “Private Parts” go for? … after you tore out all the pages about how Howard will love his wife forever?
    Gut Slick Willy’s book of the BS and you end up with the same street value.

  • Michael

    I think many people (above) are consternated about Bill Clinton selling lots of books. They want to see the book fail. Nevertheless, to their dismay it will probably end up this year’s best selling non-fiction, and maybe a record setter. You guys remind me of those who who rooted so vehemently against Mel Gibson’s “Passion.” But, I bet none of “yall” (above) were part of that crowd.
    A nifty political quip from the Clinton days comes to mind: “Deal with it.”

  • http://www.modempool.com/nucleardann/blogspace/blog.htm Dann

    Michael-
    Drudge had a ton of links yesterday about the lack of sales for Mr. Clinton’s book elsewhere in the country. Regardless of my thoughts regarding Mr. Clinton, I would appreciate a bit of honest perspective with respect to the sales of his tome.
    It sounds to me like the book sells like hotcakes wherever Mr. Clinton is present to provide autographs. Elsewhere, it is being purchased by Mr. Clinton’s more enthusiastic supporters, but not many others seem to be interested.
    I couldn’t care less if his book is this year’s best seller or not…..so long as the results are reported honestly; something unique with respect to coverage of Mr. Clinton over the years.
    Regards,

  • dan

    Come on, who buys any books at bookstores anymore? I ordered my copy form amazon.
    I didn’t want to wait in line.

  • Staci K.

    Jeff —
    A reminder that seems to be getting lost in some of the reports about the Times’ second book review. It’s not at all unusual for the Times to do a daily and a Sunday review of the same book. McMurtry’s review makes it clear his was assigned long before the front-page review was published. What’s significant here is that the Times chose to make the second review available online before it usually would have posted and two weeks before it would have been in print. Did they advance it to take advantage of the current interest or to counter the other review in some way? I don’t know but either way I’m glad they posted it. McMurtry’s take is fascinating.

  • Kim

    I tutored a student 2 years ago who wrote about Jonathan Pollard http://www.jonathanpollard.org/ for one of his law classes and I recently saw mention by Stephen Pollard http://www.stephenpollard.net, who I read daily, that Jonathan was his brother. I saw this article link by Neil Bortz this am. Why hasn’t this case gotten more press?
    Jonathan Pollard: Clinton’s book lies about me
    Calls on Israeli leaders to speak out against ex-president’s memoirs
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39117

  • Michael

    Dan:
    You say, “I couldn’t care less if his book is this year’s best seller or not…..so long as the results are reported honestly…” But, your words ring hollow. Why would you not care how his book does, yet be concerned about acurate reporting of its sales? It doesn’t make sense.
    I suspect you have a serious active aversion for Clinton, and are confounded by heavy book sales and big turnouts for signings. You must wonder “why would anyone buy his book” and stew. My guess, it’s gonna be a long hard summer for you.

  • Staci K.

    One more thing — apparently the book is doing better outside NYC than it might appear from Mr. Drudge’s links. http://mediamatters.org/items/200406240005

  • Staci K.

    One more thing — apparently the book is doing better outside NYC than it might appear from Mr. Drudge’s links. http://mediamatters.org/items/200406240005

  • http://tomgrey.motime.com Tom Grey

    I am 99% certain that Harry Potter #5 sold far more in the first day, in NYC and everywhere.
    Bill Clinton is personally popular, hugely so. I think how little he did on the economy, meaning little wrong, is underreported.

  • http://www.modempool.com/nucleardann/blogspace/blog.htm Dann

    Michael-

    Why would you not care how his book does, yet be concerned about acurate reporting of its sales? It doesn’t make sense.

    How can it not make sense? Inaccurate reporting of those sales (either high or low) distorts the basis for rational discussion on the subject.

    I suspect you have a serious active aversion for Clinton, and are confounded by heavy book sales and big turnouts for signings.

    You suspect, but you don’t know. The operative word is not ‘have’. It is ‘had‘.

    You must wonder “why would anyone buy his book” and stew. My guess, it’s gonna be a long hard summer for you.

    Your uninformed fascination with my opinions is quite interesting.
    In point of fact, I know that many people purchasing that book do so because they really believe he was a great president. Others do so because he is ‘famous’. Still others do so to see what the man has to say on his life and his term in the White House.
    I won’t be buying it because I am unmotivated by any of the above. Besides, I’d have to spend three weeks parsing every instance of the word ‘is’.
    In either case, my summer will not be affected in the slightest by Mr. Clinton nor his book. Thanks just the same for asking.
    Regards