Yes, he did! Obama memoir sells record 1.7 million copies in first week

Former US President Barack Obama attends a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, May 25, 2017.
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Barack Obama’s memoir A Promised Land sold more than 1.7 million copies in its first week, more than the combined first-week sales of the two presidents before him.

The sales of the memoir, which includes audio and digital books, prompted the publisher, Crown, to increase the initial print run from 3.4 million copies to 4.3 million.

Former US President Barack Obama’s new book ‘A Promised Land’ is seen in a bookstore in Washington, DC, on November 17, 2020. -(Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

The book sold 890,000 copies on its first day of availability, and its popularity is surpassed only by his wife, Michelle’s, Becoming which has sold more than 10 million copies since being published in 2018.

A Promised Land is expected to easily surpass the sales of former US Presidents George W. Bush’s Decision Points (3.5 million copies) and Bill Clinton’s My Life (4 million copies).