Bush Memoir ‘Decision Points’ Sells 220,000 Copies on First Day


bush2Former President George W. Bush’s memoir “Decision Points” sold at least 220,000 copies through its first day of release, with more than 20 per cent generated by e-book purchases.

Random House Inc. announced today that opening-day sales, which include preorders and represent 95 per cent of accounts reporting, was the publisher’s highest for nonfiction since former President Clinton’s “My Life” debuted with 400,000 in 2004. Bush’s book came out Tuesday with an announced first printing of 1.5 million copies, the same as Clinton’s did.

Random House said that e-sales were 50,000 so far, a number unthinkable when “My Life” was published.

“It shows the digital market’s rapid growth,” said spokesman David Drake of the Crown Publishing Group, a Random House division.

Bush has been actively promoting the book, giving interviews to Matt Lauer, Oprah Winfrey and Sean Hannity among others. On Wednesday, he spoke live with Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show and was scheduled Wednesday night to attend the 27th annual Teen Challenge Banquet at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee. On Thursday, he will address a breakfast gathering of the Union League Club of Chicago and will speak at a Veteran’s Day tribute at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, in Dayton, Ohio.

Reviews so far for “Decision Points” have been mixed, as they were for “My Life” and for virtually all presidential memoirs. The Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Henninger wrote that Bush’s book “contains delightful and telling personal observations,” while Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post found “Decision Points” to be “competent, readable and flat.”

{Canadian Press/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. You know, reasonable people can disagree about the success or failure of the Bush Presidency but this business about G.W. being “dumb” really bothers me. Not only is a Yale graduate and an Harvard MBA, the man was a fighter pilot, for goodness sake. You don’t get to fly supersonic jets if youÂ’re a dummy!

    For those who believe that his degrees depended on his daddy’s money and influence, please note that Yale and Harvard don’t need either. Also note that, despite the Kennedy money and influence (at least an order of magnitude greater than Bush’s), Harvard had no problem in tossing Teddy out when he couldn’t get passing grades, and there is no way that the USAF would qualify anyone to fly fighters who is not up to the task intellectually, not unless the Air Force wanted to have a lot of dead fighter pilots.

    P.S. Remember when it was discovered that G.W.’s GPA at Yale was actually higher than Kerry’s? It turns out that both Bush’s and Kerry’s undergraduate GPAs were higher than Obamas at Columbia.

  2. To #8:

    Bravo, bravo! Ad hominem attacks are always the way to go!

    Listen, tayere Mr. Mudslinger, Bush Jr. was a good President. Why do you claim that he was “dumb”?

  3. P.S. You know, I actually take that as a compliment. You see, Bush was actually smart, hence he is –x on the dumbness scale. Ergo, I am -2000x, or +2000x on the smartness scale.