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Why was Hunter Biden’s memoir Amazon’s #1 ‘Chinese Biographies’ Bestseller? Internet says ‘Bezos retirement gift’

'Beautiful Things' chronicles Biden's struggles with substance abuse and his path to sobriety. It has already been heaped with praise by Stephen King and Dave Eggers
Hunter Biden (Getty Images), (@JackPosobiec/Twitter)
Hunter Biden (Getty Images), (@JackPosobiec/Twitter)

President Joe Biden’s eldest son Hunter Biden has recently been in the news more than ever. While it was established that he continues to own a 10% stake in the Chinese company BHR Partners, despite pledging he would end it by October 2019, his forthcoming memoir ‘Beautiful Things’ found itself among Amazon Bestsellers under ‘Chinese Biographies’. People were rather puzzled to see Biden’s book in the Chinese section and soon took to the internet to bring it to others’ notice. 

A screenshot of the book’s slot on Amazon was shared by American activist Jack Posobiec on Twitter with the caption, “This is real go check”. He highlighted the line under its release date, which reads, “#1 Best Seller in Chinese Biographies”. It shows that the book is available for sale on Kindle for $14.99 and a Hardcover copy is sold for $28. Its description reads, “‘I come from family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love,’ Hunter Biden writes in this deeply moving memoir of addiction, loss, and survival.”


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It was an "error" from Amazon's end

Biden's memoir was soon placed in the right category when the company learned that it was listed under Chinese Biographies. Amazon reportedly confirmed to Newsweek that "inclusion was an error and that the company was working to correct the list."

But, Twitter users were quick to use the opportunity to troll both Amazon and Biden for the latest mishap. One tweeted, "I just want to congratulate @JoeBiden @POTUS for his son having a #1 Chinese biography, I am sure you are prod of how he used your influence with China." Another commented, "Bezos retirement gift." Meanwhile, one asked, "OMG. Is this a reward that Chinese government give to Hunter?"




'Beautiful Things' sheds light on Hunter Biden's struggles 

'Beautiful Things' chronicles Biden's struggles with substance abuse and his path to sobriety. The title of the book reportedly takes from an expression he and his late brother Beau used to emphasize the importance of life after the latter was diagnosed with brain cancer. 

It has already been heaped with praise by Stephen King and Dave Eggers. King wrote, "In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden proves again that anybody, even the son of a United States president can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley. Biden remembers it all and tells it all with a bravery that is both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous. He starts with a question: Where’s Hunter? The answer is he’s in this book, the good, the bad and the beautiful.”

Hunter Biden (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Egger called the book, “an astonishingly candid and brave book about loss, human frailty, wayward souls and hard-fought redemption.” The memoir was acquired by Gallery Books in 2019. It is an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The book was kept a secret when Biden's finances were being investigated by the justice department and his alleged business dealing with the Chinese company was targeted by Donald Trump and other Republicans. 

'Beautiful Things' will be launched on April 6, 2021.