Following intense prepublication publicity, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's memoirs hit the nation's bookstores Monday, resurrecting the controversies of her husband's tumultuous presidency and stirring speculation about the former first lady's political ambitions.
Despite efforts by Simon & Schuster, Clinton's publisher, to prevent the contents of "Living History" from leaking out before Monday's official publication date, many news organizations ran stories last week with highlights from the book, including Clinton's commitment to her marriage to President Bill Clinton despite his highly publicized affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Instead of dampening sales, the leaks seemed to whet the public's appetite for the $28 book, in which personal reminiscences are interwoven with recollections of bruising political struggles over health-care reform and Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment for perjury.
More than 1,000 people waited hours behind police barricades for Clinton's book-signing appearance at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Rockefeller Center. Bookstore employees had anticipated a crowd of 250.