Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ memoir has within its first week sold more copies than former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump’s books had prior to their presidential bids.
A Daily Mail report stated that DeSantis’ memoir “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival” had within its first week of sales sold 94,284 copies. This is 27,500 more copies than the runner-up for a pre-presidential announcement book.
Reportedly, Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream” which was released in 2006, had 66,766 copies sold within its first week, while Trump’s 2016 book “Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America” only managed to get 27,686 copies sold.
This means that Trump’s book is in sixth place overall, with Ben Carson (3), Vice President Mike Pence (4), and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all having books that sold more copies before announcing their presidential run. For reference, Carlson’s book “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties,” sold 37,924 copies while Pence’s 2022 book “So Help Me God” had 37,600 copies sold within their first week.
DeSantis has gone on a book tour promoting his book in the past month. However, so far he has not announced yet whether or not he would be placing a bid for the White House. According to most polls, DeSantis is a GOP frontrunner with him being second only to Trump.