Clinton drops in, book sales take off in Germany

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12 July 2004 , BERLIN - Former US President Bill Clinton breezed into Germany over the weekend to promote his autobiography "My Life", which hit German bookstores on Thursday amid huge demand. An initial print run of 150,000 copies of the German translation, selling under the title "Mein Leben", has already been completely bought up by bookstores. Claus Carlsberg from publishers Econ said: "To my knowledge we have never had orders of this magnitude in Germany." The first day of sale saw "thousands" of the

12 July 2004

BERLIN - Former US President Bill Clinton breezed into Germany over the weekend to promote his autobiography "My Life", which hit German bookstores on Thursday amid huge demand.

An initial print run of 150,000 copies of the German translation, selling under the title "Mein Leben", has already been completely bought up by bookstores.

Claus Carlsberg from publishers Econ said: "To my knowledge we have never had orders of this magnitude in Germany."

The first day of sale saw "thousands" of the books sold, with Clinton's weekend visit to Germany expected to see sales soar.

Clinton arrived by private jet in Hamburg Saturday and was taken directly by police convoy to a luxury hotel in the city centre. He later recorded an interview with TV chat show host Johannes B. Kerner, to be broadcast Monday night by public broadcaster ZDF.

Clinton gives his views on a range of issues including the Iraq war and this year's presidential election, saying he had no further ambition for political office and that his main task in life was to campaign for cheaper medicines to help treat AIDS.

On Iraq, Clinton called it an over simplification to blame intelligence failures for going to war. He advised Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry not to base his campaign on the legitimacy of the Iraq war.

Clinton appeared in Berlin Sunday evening on the top-rating Sabine Christiansen show on ARD, a more serious TV political discussion slot, and gave an interview to the Berlin news channel N 24.

However, for Clinton's German fans the highlight of the visit was a book signing at the Dussmann bookstore on Berlin's fashionable Friedrichstrasse.

His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, signed copies of her own best- selling memoirs, "Living History", at the same venue last year.

On Thursday, some 800 people queued for the few hundred tickets available for the Clinton book signing.

DPA

Subject: German news

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