Palin 2nd to Bush
December 3rd, 2010
08:42 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin 2nd to Bush

(CNN) - In a battle between former President George W. Bush and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Bush comes out on top.

His memoir "Decision Points" has maintained its number one spot on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list for the third week in a row, leaving Palin's new book, "America by Heart" second on the list released this weekend.

Both politicos have toured the country promoting their books. Bush has appeared on nearly every major television channel and Palin is in the midst of a 16-stop national book tour.

Palin's publisher, Harper Collins would not release sales figures, but did say they have printed 1 million copies of her new book. The former 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee's first book, "Going Rogue" sold well over 2 million copies and was number one on the New York Times list for six consecutive weeks.

According Random House, Bush's publisher, almost 2.5 million copies of his book are currently in print. Sales of the book now total 1.5 million copies when hardcover, e-book, audio books, large print editions and export edition sales are included.

But there don't seem to be any hard feelings on Palin's part for her number two book status. She tweeted Thursday saying, "just heard America By Heart is #2 NYT bestseller list behind Pres.Bush's good book, so thanks for sharing inspiration."


Filed under: George W. Bush • Sarah Palin
soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. Mel Reid

    Are there two faces more representative of the decline of America?

    December 3, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Expat American

    I support my President…but I did acquire President Bush’s memoir, because I want to read into how he came to these decisions; many of which proved so detrimental to the nation and its image abroad. But more importantly I want an insight into the man, who by most accounts should not have been put into the position of making these tough decisions in the first place.

    Sarah Palin, however, I wouldn’t use her book as toilet tissue. She is a bigot, a racist and a coward. How long will her handlers hide her undying stupidity from the public and the media? Who needs any more meaningless, unintelligent manure from her mouth or from the person who actually wrote her pseudo-patriotic ‘Whites Only’ rag.

    December 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. FM

    Go "Dubya" go! You are born again in politics. You have proved to be one of those who die and come to earth and breath again.
    On the queen of Alaska side, this proved that people always reward those who fight and stick to their jobs according to the Office Oath they take. Dubya did it but Sarah you didn't, you broke it and don't expect any reward at all!

    December 3, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. Alaskan Sourdough

    It's scary that books these two morons had written have enough support that they make best sellers lists... Dumb and even Dumber

    December 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Eiolgj

    I don't have any problem with people putting out books with their own take on things. I do hope that if she wants to continue on the national stage, she knows that there is a difference between fact, as an What Really Happened, and opinion and interpretation. I'm not saying that any human can actually write What Really Happened, but rather that any accounting IS, by definition, an interpretation.

    December 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Nobody Special

    They are #1 & #2 in what's bad for the USA.

    December 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. Sam

    I am fan of neither. But if I had to buy a book, I would buy Bush's. At least he has something to say with his 8 years in WH. I am not sure what I need to learn from someone who quit her job without finishing her term.

    December 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. t.marino

    Dumb and dumber....enough said!

    December 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. Al

    Sarah – If you wrote a book about your trips to the outhouse, thousands of copies would sell to your adoring cult members . What's next? Merchandising and product endorsements?

    December 3, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. kds562

    Maybe WikiLeaks will post the names of their ghost writers

    December 3, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Bob Dog

    I think Sarah is starting to look a little old and worn out.

    December 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. GDMS.REPUBLICAN

    Republican books sell, Democrat books do not sell.

    December 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Jeff, Ohio

    Really??? This garbage piece was deemed "newsworthy"? Shame on you CNN.com. And why is it that the words 'Ticker' and 'Palin' are stuck together 5 or 6 times a day on here? Let this idiot that quit her job fade into obscurity for God's sake! Your website is like life support for this wanna-be. She's a poser...nothing else. Let her 15 minutes be up already!

    December 3, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    How can these books be classified 'non fiction?'

    December 3, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. rick

    two complete losers

    December 3, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    CNN, you have become the lamest yellow journalists, peddling Palin fluffle day after day while ignoring the many serious stories in the world. You are nothing but a sensationalistic e-pulp rag, pimping the antics of America's worst media whore, regardless of how insipid or trivial thoseantics are.

    True journalism is dead in America.

    December 3, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. twiddly

    Thanks for sharing your ignorance, Sarah.
    Looking forward to more great SNL (come back, Tina!)

    December 3, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. CM in Canada

    "Bush's good book????" Knowing this media whore she's probably pisses the old coot hasn't ridden off into the sun set....and don't get her started on his mother.

    December 3, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Modern Man

    Are they both pop-up books?

    December 3, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. Mike S.

    Maybe they could make a few more bucks by collaborating on a book: "American Losers."

    December 3, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Jack

    Bush and Palin duke it out? Talk about catchy but fake headlines. You guys are desperate for eyeballs on your website, aren't you? This network is seriously going downhill. Jon Stewart was right, "It is a burning building."

    December 3, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. blf83

    I won't buy spun drivel from either of Shrub or aPALlINg Sarah.

    December 3, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. Gingeet

    And who may I ask is wasting their time reading these let alone buying them?

    December 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. PalmReader

    Considering McCain's increasingly noticeable dementia, it is just as well that Palin is off on a book tour far, far away from that whole *stuffy politics* thingy she dispises so much.

    December 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. John

    I won't comment on if this is news or not but does a story about books sales belong in the politics section?

    December 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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