Monday, March 22, 2010

Palin Sells 2.6 Million Books in 2009

Publishers Weekly reports that Sarah Palin's Going Rogue finished as the top seller in 2009 among nonfiction hardback books. Going Rogue sold an astounding 2,674,684 copies in about a month and a half--being released November 17, 2009.

Putting that in perspective:

- the next highest nonfiction seller finished almost a million copies behind Going Rogue (Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment sold 1,735,219).

- the top fiction seller, The Lost Symbol, sold 5,543,643 about twice as many as Palin's book, but it was released September 15, 2009, and in print twice as long as Palin's book in 2009. John Grisham's The Associate finished in second place among fiction hardbacks with an estimated sales in the 1.5 million range.

- Ted Kennedy's True Compass sold about a third as many copies as Going Rogue and came in fifth in nonfiction selling 870,402 copies.

H/T Conservatives4Palin


OregonGuy said...

Just passed the last pictures. Reading about her decision to give up the governorship.

If you haven't read her book, you owe it to yourself to do so.

Gordon R. Durand said...

2.7 million copies. Amazing, in a country of 300 million. As OregonGuy says, well worth reading. Even NYT columnist Stanley Fish agrees.

And to those on the right who think that Sarah Palin compares unfavorably with their icon Ronald Reagan, consider this: At age 46, which Palin is now, Ronald Reagan had just married young Nancy Davis, was president of the Screen Actors Guild, had never run for political office, and was probably, although the record is not entirely clear, still a Democrat.

Reagan's political philosophy arguably did not solidify until the late 1970's, when he was in his sixties. Sarah Palin has plenty of time and a bright political future ahead of her. Time, and patience, will tell.

T. D. said...


We're almost always on the same page--though I'm a little ahead of you on reading this book. :-)


Thanks for the further perspective. I agree with you that Gov. Palin is exceptional both in understanding and courage at her young age.

Has there been any non-president who has had to endure the political and personal malice, spite and meanness she has? No one in my memory. And she comes out still smiling and continuing to speak out. Amazing.

It underlines the role of the Lord in her life in sustaining her and allowing her to get up and keep running (as she says in the Epilogue of Going Rogue).