Hunter Biden’s newly released autobiography has tanked in its first week of sales despite heavy media promotion of its sex-and-drugs content — and glowing praise from his father.
“Beautiful Things,” released last week, debuted at No. 12 on the Publisher’s Weekly hardcover nonfiction chart after selling just 10,638 copies.
The memoir managed to have a stronger performance on the New York Times’ Best Sellers list, debuting at No. 4 in the “Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction” category.
The younger Biden, who normally shies away from the spotlight, made the media rounds to promote the tome, which was published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Biden, 51, appeared on CNN, an extended run of his taped interview over two major programs for CBS News, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and other podcasts, television and radio programs.
He covered a host of topics during the appearances, including taking jabs at Donald Trump Jr., his drug use and trying to minimize the importance of a laptop of his uncovered by The Post last year.
In the final months of the heated 2020 presidential race, The Post revealed a trove of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that raised questions about his then-candidate father’s ties to his son’s foreign business ventures, including Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company linked to corruption.
In December, the younger Biden announced through the Biden transition team that he was under federal investigation, which is believed to be focused on tax fraud.
Last September, Senate Republicans revealed through the findings of their investigation into the younger Biden’s overseas business dealings that at the time, the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” about his appointment to the board.
His position with the reportedly corrupt energy company — which paid him “as much as $50,000 per month” — “created an immediate potential conflict of interest” because his father was the “point man” on US policy toward Ukraine, the report stated.
In addition to his Ukrainian connections, other emails on the computer showed Hunter discussing potential business deals with China’s largest private energy company, including a 10 percent share for “the big guy,” who was later confirmed by Hunter’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski to be Joe Biden.
The younger Biden has denied any wrongdoing, and says he is not working on a plea deal in the Justice Department probe.