The controversial book that two New York Times reporters wrote about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been a publishing failure.
The book — "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation" written by Times' reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly — was expected to sell between 10,000 and 12,000 copies in the first two weeks on bookstore shelves, according to the Washington Examiner.
However, the book, which made new allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh that were immediately discredited, has sold barely 3,000 copies.
From the Washington Examiner:
A publishing source provided the latest BookScan numbers, which can account for about 80% of sales. That number is 3,120. "If you add in ebooks — they may have sold a total of 4,000. That's one of the most epic bombs in political publishing over the past decade," said the source.
By comparison, another Kavanaugh book, "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court," which details the Democratic war on the Trump nominee, has sold 60,000 books and a total of 100,000 copies since its July 9 debut. It was written by Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino and published by Regnery.
Not only was the book crushed by it competition, but it never saw the New York Times Bestseller List, the metric that determines the ultimate success of a book.
As of publishing time, "The Education of Brett Kavanaugh" was ranked as #7,894 on Amazon, while "Justice On Trial" was ranked #1,232.