May 22, 2022

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s “What Happened” Sees Biggest First Week Sale for Hardcover Non-Fiction in 15 Years

From Simon and Schuster:

Simon & Schuster today announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s What Happened sold 167,000 hardcover copies in the United States in its first week on sale.

Based on weekly data reported by NPD Bookscan, this outstanding sales volume gives What Happened the biggest first week sales recorded by any author for a hardcover nonfiction title published since 2012.

Total sales of What Happenedin all formats (hardcover, ebook, CD and digital audio) were more than 300,000 copies, based on reporting from both Bookscan and non-Bookscan accounts.

Other significant sales accomplishments for What Happenedare:

  • The best week of digital audio sales in the Simon and history.
  • The best week of ebook sales for any nonfiction book from Simon & Schuster since the 2011 publication of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.
  • In the United Kingdom, What Happened, published by Simon & Schuster U.K., will be the #1 nonfiction hardcover the Sunday Times bestseller list to be published on September 24.

Simon & Schuster has already gone back to press three times, and there are a total of 800,000 copies of What Happenedin print.


In addition, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers has published a picture book edition of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s It Takes A VillagE, illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee.

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