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Making ‘History’

Hillary Clinton’s book sets a record. In the last decade, only the fourth ”Harry Potter” has sold more books its first week on shelves


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‘HISTORY’ BOOKS Clinton meets with readers in a White Plains, N.Y., bookstore
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Instead of Hogwarts and evil wizards, she writes of Yale Law School and vast right-wing conspiracies, but otherwise, Hillary Rodham Clinton has a lot in common with J.K. Rowling. According to USA Today, the former first lady’s new memoir, ”Living History,” is the fastest-selling nonfiction book since the newspaper started tracking best-sellers a decade ago, with publisher Simon & Schuster estimating sales of 600,000 copies since it was published last Monday. Only Rowling’s ”Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” has sold faster during its first week in stores (3 million copies), though Rowling’s ”Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” out this Saturday, may well surpass both books.

”We certainly knew that this would be the biggest adult book of the year, and it could be one of the biggest of all time,” S&S exec David Rosenthal tells USA Today. The Wall Street Journal estimates that the publisher has already earned back the $8 million it contracted to pay the New York senator. After an initial printing of 1 million copies, the book is already in a second printing of an additional 600,000 copies.

The book’s sales have been strong despite the widespread repetition of its juiciest revelations, in advance excerpts in magazines, reviews in newspapers, and Sen. Clinton’s high-profile TV appearances promoting the book. Already famous — or maybe notorious — are such passages as this one, describing what she says was her belated discovery that her husband really did cheat on her with Monica Lewinsky: ”As his wife, I wanted to wring Bill’s neck. But he was also my President, and I thought that, in spite of everything, Bill led America and the world in a way that I continued to support.” Or this one, regarding the couple’s early courtship: ”One of the first things I noticed about Bill was the shape of his hands. His wrists are narrow and his fingers tapered and deft, like those of a pianist or a surgeon.” The former president accompanied his wife to a book party in New York Monday night, where he joked to the crowd, ”People keep asking to see my hands.”

Mrs. Clinton’s success has even spilled over to David Letterman, to whom she handed a rare victory over Jay Leno with her appearance on CBS’ ”Late Show” on Monday. According to Nielsen, the show scored its highest numbers since Letterman returned from his monthlong sick leave in March. The host asked her, ”Does it bother you that people like me still make fun of your husband?” She answered, ”Well, one of the reasons I came on your show is I didn’t know you did that.” Letterman replied, ”Oh, so you’re not watching the show.”

Katie Couric interviews Hillary Rodham Clinton as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination between her and Barack Obama grows tighter.

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10 years on, Hillary Clinton reveals anguish over Lewinsky saga

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Hillary Clinton said in an soul baring interview aired Friday she never doubted her husband’s Bill Clinton’s love for her, despite the former president’s infidelity with a White House intern.

Exactly a decade after the Monica Lewinsky affair was first reported, the former first lady candidly revealed how she worked through the inner torment it caused, as she battles Barack Obama for the Democratic White House nomination.

“I really had to dig down deep and think hard about what was right for me, what was right for my family,” Clinton said on the Tyra Banks talk show on Fox television.

“I never doubted Bill’s love for me, ever, and I never doubted my faith and my commitment to our daughter and our extended family.

“But I had to decide what I ought to do, I think it is so important to be able to hear yourself at a moment when it is hard … there are so many times when you really have to listen to yourself.”

Asked by Banks whether she was embarrassed by the public scrutiny of Clinton’s transgression, which eventually led to his impeachment, she said “sure, all of that.”

“The momentary feelings — you are mad, you are really upset, you are disappointed, all of that goes through your mind.

“I have found you really shouldn’t make decisions in the heat of those moments.

Clinton also said she was asked by other women “all the time” about what to do with unfaithful husbands.

“I say you have to be true to yourself, no one story is the same as any other story,” she said.

“‘I don’t know your reality. I cannot possibly substitute my judgment for yours, but what I can tell you is you must be true to yourself, you have to do what is right for you.'”

Clinton’s comments, some of her most open and public on the Lewinsky episode were broadcast 10 years and one day after news of the affair broke on the Drudge Report website, and shocked the world.

A decade on from the scandal which tainted his legacy, former president Clinton is now his wife’s most outspoken campaign surrogate, and a key behind-the-scenes strategist who has recently denounced what he sees as an easy ride being given to Obama in the press.

Despite his impeachment, Clinton left office with approval ratings of around 65 percent, and has since further bolstered his reputation by working for his global foundation, on issues like AIDS relief.

The Lewinsky affair has never been mentioned directly by Clinton’s opponents, though some have indirectly made reference to the hyper-partisanship and political scandals of his two terms in office.

Late last year Obama argued it would be better to elect a president who was untainted with the political fights of the past.

“Because of the history of some of the battles that have taken place back in the ’90s, it is true that she tends to galvanise the other side,” he said on CBS television.

The more than year-long-battle by former president Bill Clinton to stave off attempts by rivals to have him thrown out of office for lying under oath about the affair consumed Washington in a poisonous political storm.

He was acquitted in the Senate after the Republican-led House of Representatives impeached him, but the battle, in which Hillary Clinton played a key role, drained political capital at a key moment of his second term.

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