“Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man” sold an estimated 1.35 million copies its first week, per a statement from publisher Simon & Schuster. The tell-all also debuted at the top of bestseller lists in the U.S., Canada, Britain and Ireland.
“The Art of the Deal” sold an estimated 1.1 million copies from 1987 to 2016, CBS News reported.
“Mary Trump’s memoir has transcended the usual ceiling for political books to reach a larger audience of people who want to read stories about unusual families,” Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp said in the statement. He also noted that comparisons have been made to “The Godfather,” the novel by Mario Puzo about the rise of the mob in America.
In addition to not selling as well as Mary Trump’s book, “The Art of Deal” has become an annoyance for the president. In recent years, Trump has been denounced by the book’s co-author, Tony Schwartz. Schwartz was particularly mortified that the book helped elevate to the White House a man he considers a “monster.”
“I put lipstick on a pig,” Schwartz told The New Yorker in 2016, prior to the election. “I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.”