Hillary Clinton Book Breaks Sales Record

United States former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoir about her eight years of White House life sold more copies in its first day of release than any other nonfiction book in Barnes & Noble's history, the company said.

"More than 40,000 books were sold in 24 hours; it's a tremendous amount of books," said Carolyn Brown, director of communications at Barnes & Noble, the world's largest book seller.

"We expected Living History to be the best-selling biography of the summer and think the momentum will continue through the fall," Brown said.

Early Tuesday afternoon, the book Living History was in first place on Barnes & Noble's Top 100 online sales.

In the tell-all book, Senator Hillary Clinton talked about suchpainful and controversial topics as her failed effort to reform health care, her husband Bill Clinton's affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment.

Publisher Simon & Schuster ordered 1 million copies for its first printing, an unusually high number for a work of political nonfiction. The publisher has agreed to pay 8 million US dollars for the book.

After seeing the turnout on Monday, the publisher decided to print another 50,000 copies, spokeswoman Victoria Meyer said.

As part of a heavy media blitz to promote the book, Clinton hasgranted some high-profile television interviews.

On Monday, more than 1,000 people received a signed copy of hermemoir at a Manhattan bookstore in New York as the book made its debut in the bookstores.

The book is 528 pages spread over 38 chapters, not counting theacknowledgments and index. The retail price of the hardcover book is 28 dollars.

Hillary Clinton denied that she has the ambition to run for US president. "I have no intention of running for president," HillaryClinton said in an interview with Time magazine in which excerpts from the book were published Monday.



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