By COLlive reporter
The new book about the Rebbe published by HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing companies, is already a bestseller even before it was officially released.
One day before its launch, “Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History” is ranked #23 of the Top 100 on the Amazon Best Sellers list.
Written by bestselling author Joseph Telushkin, the book explores how the Rebbe revived and revolutionized the post-Holocaust Jewish community and changed the course of Jewish history with Chabad’s global outreach network in over a thousand towns, cities and campuses.
Dennis Prager, national talk show host and New York Times bestselling author who has written with Telushkin, called the book “One of the greatest religious biographies ever written. Generations from now, “Rebbe” will be read by people of every faith.”
On Sunday, COLlive posted on its Facebook page that the new book was 10 short from hitting the Top 100 list of Amazon. Many fans went on to encourage friends to pre-order the book at a 33% discount.
Thanks to a collective effort and growing interest in the wider Jewish world, within 3 hours the book had reached #80, then #45 on Monday morning, and as of 8:15 pm Eastern Time it is #23.
Another biographical book which is being released the same day, and winning national coverage and political buzz, is “Hard Choices” by Hillary Clinton, a possible Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
Telushkin, noted as one of the most prolific writers on Judaism in the United States, appeared last night for a book launch at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, the largest Persian congregation in the U.S.
In front of a full crowd, Telushkin discussed his new book with David Suissa, President of the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and Rabbi Menachem Weiss, the assistant rabbi at Nessah Synagogue.
Another such event will be held on Thursday, June 12, at Cong. Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. Telushkin will be flying to London in the end of June for a discussion with Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub in an event co-sponsored by the Saatchi Shul, Jewish News, Kuperard and the London School of Jewish Studies.
But the positive reviews and growing sales had one unforeseen result. A discussion about the book scheduled for Tuesday, 5:30pm at the Hastings store in the DeVargas shopping mall in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will not be taking place, as local community members were notified that it is “postponed until further notice.”
“It seems that due to overwhelming book pre-orders, the book “Rebbe,” will not be in our local Hastings tomorrow,” the announcement said. “They will let us know when the event is rescheduled.”
UPDATE (Tuesday 3:29 AM):
Hours before its official launch, Amazon.com notified that the “Rebbe” book is “Temporarily out of stock.” The e-commerce company offers customers to continue ordering and “We’ll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information.”
The book is currently ranked #19 on Top 100 of Amazon Best Sellers.
UPDATE (Tuesday 12:18PM):
Amazon is now showing that the book “Usually ships within 2 to 5 weeks.” It is ranked #18 in the Top 100.