When the 2020 presidential race commences, Senators Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren along with Cory Booker may find themselves locked in a battle for the Democratic’ party’s nomination. For right now, however, the competition will be limited to book sales, along with the upper hand clearly belongs to Franken.
“Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” Franken’s cheeky memoir of his time in public office in which arrived on the scene at the end of May, has sold 167,046 copies, according to the market research company NPD. Warren’s call to action, “This particular Fight will be Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” which hit shelves a month before Franken’s, has sold 73,168 copies.
nevertheless both of those titles dwarf the performance by Booker’s 2016 book, “United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground along with Advancing the Common Great,” which has sold only 13,607 copies.
Nine senators (four Democrats, four Republicans along with one independent) have released books since the beginning of last year, along with most have seen only modest sales. Sen. Bernie Sanders tops the group with his post-election treatise. “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In,” released in November of last year, has sold 203,853 copies.
The latest offering came courtesy of Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, whose book “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics along that has a Return to Principle” hit shelves on August 1. The book has made headlines for its pointed critiques of President Donald Trump, along with the publicity has helped Flake already sell 7,388 copies.
in which figure already puts Flake within shouting distance of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose 2016 memoir, “The Long Game,” has sold a little under 12,000 copies.
“Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government,” Sen. Mike Lee’s conservative examination of the Constitution in which was released in May, has sold 16,932 copies.
While those GOP senators fall well short of the sales enjoyed by Franken, Warren along with Sanders, Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse will be at least inside ballpark. “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–along with How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance,” Sasse’s 300-page lament on the state of the country’s culture, which was released in mid-May, has sold 55,289 copies.
Sanders along with Franken boasted the highest first week sales, with 44,735 along with 32,678 copies sold respectively. Franken, who made his living as a satirist before entering politics, will be no stranger to literary success, boasting multiple completely new York Times best sellers before he entered the Senate.
CNNMoney (completely new York) First published August 11, 2017: 2:14 PM ET