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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 11/11/2010

Do politicians move books?

By Steven E. Levingston

So you become president of the United States and afterward you sit down to write your memoirs. How many copies you think you'll sell? Or, say you haven't slept regularly in the White House but are a politician on a slightly lower rung. How many copies will your memoir sell? The Daily Beast has an intriguing piece that looks at the numbers.

Random House has shipped 1.5 million copies of George W. Bush's memoir to outlets worldwide, with readers snatching up at least 170,000 of the print version and 50,000 e-books on its first day of sales this week. Bill Clinton had a similar press run for his autobiography six years ago and readers gobbled up 900,000 in the first week.

With its piece, the Daily Beast has a photo gallery of the 20 best-selling politicians, along with their sales numbers.

By Steven E. Levingston  | November 11, 2010; 5:00 PM ET
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