Saturday, May 18, 2024

Book Bust: Ken Auletta’s Harvey Weinstein Book Drops Below 3,000 on Amazon, Sells No Copies


Color me surprised.

Ken Auletta’s book on Harvey Weinstein, some 20 years in the making, is a total bust.

Published a week ago Tuesday, “Hollywood Ending” has sold just 1,500 copies according to NPD Book Scan.

The book has fallen below number 3,000 on amazon.

No one wanted to read it.

It’s so strange because Auletta is a star journalist and a great writer. But he got nothing of interest on Weinstein. “Hollywood Ending” is just a revisit of facts already known from Weinstein’s trial and from accounts in the New York Times and the New Yorker. There were no scoops.

Media books are tough sells anyway, like inside baseball that the public doesn’t care about unless there’s a wider story being told. Reporters who wrote about Weinstein between 1990 and 2017, when the mogul’s world came crashing down, know hundreds of stories that haven’t been published, concerning the making of movies and the stars in them.

Auletta never got to those stories. He got bogged down in minutiae. I’ll bet Harvey is disappointed. But also relieved. Nothing in the book can do him any more damage or cause more trouble than he’s already in.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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