BESTSELLERS JULY 7–JULY 13, 2014
Thor’s World War
Act of War, Brad Thor’s 13th military action thriller starring Scot Harvath, debuts at #1 on our
Hardcover Fiction list.
This installment explores one nation’s real-world
plan to destroy the United States via “unrestricted
warfare.” “The first and most unsettling rule of un-
restricted warfare is that there are no rules,” Thor
says. “America’s enemies understand that the Unit-
ed States cannot be defeated on the conventional
battlefield. That’s why one enemy in particular has
decided to abandon the battlefield in favor of in-
credibly devious, unconventional attacks.”
Thor has served as a member of the Department
of Homeland Security’s Analytic Red Cell Program,
and has appeared on Fox News Channel, Fox Busi-
ness Channel, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC,
PBS, and The Blaze as a national security expert. The
Chicago Tribune has called Thor “quite possibly the
next coming of Robert Lud-
lum”; Corpus Christi’s KKTX
has named him “America’s fa-
Thor has already appeared
on more than two dozen radio
shows and nine talk shows.
His 12-city book tour, which
kicked off July 9 at the Na-
tional Press Club in Washing-
ton, D.C., concludes on July 22 at the Barr Memo-
rial Library in Fort Knox, Tenn. Marketing in-
cludes two billboards, one located in Nashville,
Tenn., the other outside the Lincoln Tunnel in
New Jersey. —Sarah Andrew
How Much Is the “Colbert
California, the debut novel by Edan Lepucki, has become
the “poster book” for the fight between Stephen Colbert
and Amazon, which didn’t accept preorders for the title.
After Colbert endorsed California on the Colbert Report on
June 4, first-week sales were strong enough to propel the
previously unknown author onto the New York Times bestseller list at #3, although the book did not do as well as expected.
Nielsen BookScan reported sales of 3,793 print copies, which puts it at
#20 on our Hardcover Fiction list. However, more than 10,000 copies that
Lepucki presigned last month for Powell’s Books in Portland, Ore., were not
reported to BookScan. If these copies had been included, the title would have
landed at #7.
Even without the signed preorder copies, sales for the novel were strong
enough to hit seven out of eight regional bookseller association lists.
California went as high as #2 in both Northern and Southern California, where
Lepucki kicked off her tour; it hit #3 in both the Pacific Northwest and the
New Atlantic regions. It was #4 on the Indie Bestseller list.
Little, Brown orders reprint before publication, and the publisher
launched with 60,000 copies. —Judith Rosen
Gladwell on Slaying Giants
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1 Four Veronica Roth HarperCollins/Tegen 106,248
2 The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin/Speak 64,550
3 The Fault in Our Stars (movie tie-in) John Green Penguin/Speak 36,600
4 Act of War Brad Thor Atria 29,598
5 Looking for Alaska John Green Penguin/Speak 28,419
6 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Broadway 28,014
7 Deadline Sandra Brown Vision 25, 100
8 Invisible Patterson/Ellis Little, Brown 24,319
9 America Dinesh D’Souza Regnery 22,443
10 If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin/Speak 21,381
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Sales of David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by
Malcolm Gladwell spiked in the week ended July 13, with 4,838 print copies sold, according to Nielsen BookScan, up more than double from the
week before, when it sold 2,311 copies. The fall 2013 release is #7 on this
week’s Hardcover Nonfiction list.
While David & Goliath was published by Little Brown, and thus affected
by the stand-off between Amazon and Hachette, neither Gladwell—nor his
publisher—had to take a page from his book, which is about the link be-
tween adversity and innovation, to jump-start
sales. CBS rebroadcast Gladwell’s interview with
Anderson Cooper which originally aired on Nov.
24, 2013, on CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Gladwell was inspired to write David & Goliath
after hearing a Silicon Valley software mogul’s story about coaching his daughter’s basketball team
of 12-year-old girls “who had absolutely no talent”
on persevere against better teams. The team had
the “most maniacal defense known to man,” resulting in an undefeated season and a trip to the
state championships, Gladwell said. After telling
that same story to Winter Institute 8 booksellers
in 2013, Gladwell pointed out, “Amazon has
made you better booksellers. It has forced you to
differentiate yourselves.” —Claire Kirch