This figure, which includes presales, as well as e-books and audiobooks, is a new record for Simon & Schuster, the company said.
The book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” went on sale Tuesday and portrayed President Trump in an unflattering light.
Just two weeks ago, Simon & Schuster celebrated the success of another Trump-telling book, that of former national security adviser John Bolton. The book, “The Room Where It Happened,” sold more than 780,000 copies in its first week of sales.
Books rarely sell hundreds of thousands of copies in a single week of sale – and most books will never sell as many.
“Too Much and Never Enough” will join other books on Trump that have become sensational bestsellers.
“Fear” by legendary journalist Bob Woodward had sold 900,000 copies by the end of his first day of official sales. Former FBI director James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” sold 600,000 copies at the end of his first week in stores. And “Fire & Fury”, Michael Wolff’s bestselling book, has sold over 1.7 million copies by the time it was released a month ago.
The sales reflect a significant appetite for books that offer internal accounts of the Trump administration.
In some cases, Trump or his allies have sought to block unflattering books about him, which can backfire and give the books an extra advertising boost.
Mary Trump faced litigation from Robert Trump, the president’s brother, who argued in court that he was violating a confidentiality agreement related to the estate of Fred Trump. But a New York judge finally authorized his release.