WASHINGTON — Mike Huckabee wrote a Christmas tale about a boy named Mike who opened his presents early before learning the lesson of patience. Newt Gingrich has authored more than two dozen books, including a historical novel that reimagines the aftermath of World War II.
It’s a market that is as vast as the appetite for it is small: books written by politicians.
They fill the shelves at bookstores, they dominate the news coverage, and they pad the paychecks of politicians. But sales are often disappointing — and relatively few people seem to be actually reading them.
Political blockbusters are possible, to be sure, and Senator Elizabeth Warren’s new book, “A Fighting Chance,” is selling remarkably well compared with most other politicians’ works. The book has sold 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan, a service that tracks 85 percent of the US book industry.
Warren’s book, in fact, sold more copies than the combined sales for works by Deval Patrick, Scott Brown, and John Kerry. She’s also sold more than Joe Biden’s 2007 campaign book, “Promises to Keep,” (49,000 copies), and former Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner’s recent book, “Stress Test,” (38,000).
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