What do these books have in common?
Pope John Pall II was paid a record-breaking $8.75 million advance for his book, a collection of essays addressing moral and theological questions It became a best-seller.
Army General Colin Powell’s autobiography brought him $6 million, and it became one of the fastest selling books in America.
Ronald Reagan and Marlon Brando received multimillion-dollar advances for their autobiographies. E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime set a publishing record on this day in 1975 at $1.85 million for the paperback rights.
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