Hunter Biden‘s new autobiography, Beautiful Things, posted disappointing sales in its first week on the shelves, selling just over 10,000 copies despite a massive promotional push.
The new 272-page book detailing Hunter’s struggles with addiction and tragedy debuted at No. 12 on the Publisher’s Weekly hardcover nonfiction chart, after selling a meager 10,638 copies.
It was edged out slightly in the rankings by ‘The Calcium Connection: The Little-Known Enzyme at the Root of Your Cellular Health.’
Topping the list was poet Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country, which sold 42,000 copies for the week.
The sales for Beautiful Things were viewed as disappointing in light of Hunter’s international PR blitz that saw him appear on the BBC, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and two separate interviews with CBS News.
Hunter Biden appears on the BBC. His new autobiography, Beautiful Things posted disappointing sales in its first week on the shelves, selling just over 10,000 copies
Hunter dishes with CBS Sunday Morning. On the Amazon Best Sellers charts, Beautiful Things had dropped to number 208 by Friday
By comparison, Michelle Obama’s 2018 autobiography Becoming sold 1.4 million copies in its first week.
On the Amazon Best Sellers charts, Beautiful Things had dropped to No. 208 by Friday, after reaching No. 5. It remained No. 4 on the New York Times bestsellers list for ‘Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction.’
The autobiography lays bare the demons that nearly destroyed Hunter and almost derailed his father’s presidential campaign, including the death of his brother Beau and his struggles with addiction to crack.
Hunter’s new memoir, Beautiful Things, came out April 6
He also addresses his affair with former stripper Lunden Roberts, whom he impregnated in 2018 while he was dating his brother’s widow Hallie.
In the lead up to his father’s election, Hunter, 51, who has five children by three different women, had become the focus of attacks by Republicans over his lucrative work with Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
In the book Hunter writes: ‘In the last five years alone, my two-decades-long marriage has dissolved, guns have been put in my face, and at one point I dropped clean off the grid, living in $59-a-night Super 8 motels off the I-95 while scaring my family even more than myself’.
The tragedy which drove Hunter into Hallie’s arms was the death of Beau at the age of just 46.
Hunter speaks movingly of his love for his brother, a former Attorney General of Delaware who he was convinced would be president one day.
But then doctors diagnosed him with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain cancer after he began to have auditory hallucinations.
Hunter opens up on CBS This Morning. His autobiography lays bare the demons which nearly destroyed Hunter and almost derailed his father’s presidential campaign
Hunter appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live! His autobiography did not sell as well as expected in its first week, given the heavy publicity tour
In 2013 while on a family holiday in Michigan, he witnessed Beau have a ‘terrifying’ seizure that was ‘like something out of The Exorcist’.
Hunter writes: ‘The violence erupting inside his body was being expressed in convulsions and contractions; you could almost literally see the storm raging inside his brain’.
Beau was given a one percent chance of survival, but still decided to go through radiation therapy even though it left him so weak he was unable to use the bathroom on his own.
Hunter writes: ‘If I had to do it over again, I never would have agreed to put Beau through…the radiation.
‘Given the chances of his coming through and the pain and the deficits it inflicted, it was almost barbaric’.
Beau lost his battle to cancer on May 30, 2015, less than two years after he was diagnosed.
Hunter writes that ‘after Beau died, I never felt more alone. I lost hope’.
He began a ‘deep descent’ into drug binges that Hunter details in jaw-dropping detail, explaining how his life see-sawed between periods of sobriety and extreme substance abuse.
During one failed recovery he let a homeless crack addict who he bought drugs from move in with him at his apartment in Washington.
‘The relationship was symbiotic,’ he writes. ‘It was two crack addicts who couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag. A one-act crack farce.’
Hunter Biden released his ‘tell-all’ memoir Beautiful Things on April 6, but left out shocking details. DailyMail.com revealed those secrets after contents of his abandoned laptop – including a cache of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, more than 2,000 photos – were verified by top forensics experts
Hunter recalls a time when a gun was pointed at his face while on his search for drugs.
‘I went through and stepped around people curled up on thin pieces of cardboard. Beyond them, I noticed a tilting, unlit tent. It was pitch black. All I saw was the gun pointed at my face,’ he writes.
However, DailyMail.com revealed the secrets Hunter chose not to divulge in his book, exposed in the contents of his abandoned laptop and verified by top forensics experts.
The bombshell cache of 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails, more than 2,000 photos and dozens of videos was packed with revelations conveniently missing from the memoir.
The revelations included how he begged his father to run for president in 2019 to salvage Hunter’s own reputation, and Joe Biden’s fear of being hacked as they discussed his presidential run.
The trove also included explicit photos and videos depicting Hunter’s escapades, often with two prostitutes at a time.