Hunter Biden’s upcoming memoir “Beautiful Things” has been listed as “#1 Best Seller” in the subcategory of “Chinese Biographies” on Friday. President Joe Biden’s son has taken heat, especially from conservatives, for his foreign business dealings in places such as China and Ukraine while his father was vice president.
Hunter Biden’s new memoir will illustrate his battle with substance abuse, according to the Associated Press. His past struggles with addictions made national headlines back in October 2020 when a laptop that he allegedly owned and the information it contained were published by The New York Post in an exposé.
While the book will not be publicly available until April 6, many have already pre-ordered it.
As of 3:51 p.m. (EST), the memoir is still listed as No. 1 in the Chinese biographies subcategory. It should be noted that on the Chinese biographies page is the memoir “Disloyal” from Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump, and the successful book from author Jon Krakauer called “Into Thin Air.” Based on the subcategory page, the books appear to be those whose sales are trending within China, as opposed to the books being about or relating to China.
This reporter reached out to Amazon for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication. This story will be updated to include their comment.
In the autumn of 2019, “Beautiful Things” was acquired but kept under wraps during the 2020 presidential election while Biden’s foreign business dealings became a target of then-President Trump and other conservatives and his finances being the center of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the AP.
Ahead of the book’s release, numerous authors have heaped praise upon the work such as Stephen King, Dave Eggers and Anne Lamott.
“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,” King wrote in his blurb. “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.”
In a segment released in advanced by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Biden writes in his memoir, “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”
On Thursday, President and First Lady Biden released a statement saying, “We admire our son Hunter’s strength and courage to talk openly about his addiction so that others might see themselves in his journey and find hope.”
Back in the autumn during a presidential debate, then-candidate Biden defended his son after Trump went after him.
“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” he said. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him. I’m proud of my son.”
The memoir’s title is a reference to a phrase that Hunter Biden and his late brother Beau would say to one another after the latter’s 2013 brain cancer diagnosis, according to Breitbart News. Beau Biden in 2015 tragically passed away as a result of the cancer.
Hunter Biden is the oldest surviving child of the commander-in-chief. Back in 1972, shortly after the now-president was first elected to the U.S. Senate for Delaware, lost his first wife Naomi and their 1-year-old daughter in a car accident. Both Hunter and Beau survived the accident and sustained injuries.
While his father was vice president and the Obama administration’s public face for its policy toward Ukraine, Hunter Biden was on the board of a Ukrainian energy firm called Burisma Holdings starting in 2014 and the business dealings he made in the country at that time have come under intense scrutiny, especially from conservatives. Reports, as well as Trump and others, allege that Biden leveraged his father’s position in these dealings.
There are reports, too, alleging that Biden engaged in suspicious dealings in China.
Back in December, Biden confirmed that his “tax affairs” were being investigated by federal authorities.
Shortly following Biden’s publicly confirming the investigation, then-President-elect Biden said “I’m proud of my son” in response to Fox News reporter Peter Doocy’s asking if he thought his son committed a crime.
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With a little help from their Democrat friends, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) battery company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party just announced the opening of its second plant in the United States.
Fox News reports Gotion Inc., whose parent company Gotion High-Tech is based in Hefei, China, unveiled plans to build a $2 billion lithium battery plant in Manteno, Illinois, alongside Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who cheered the project.
The announcement comes amid growing opposition to the company’s plans to build a billion-dollar factory in Mecosta County, Michigan.
In order to make the expansion happen, lobbyists for the Chinese Communist Party-tied electric vehicle company funneled cash to Democrats. “Individuals at a law firm registered as foreign agents to lobby on behalf of Gotion, a Chinese electric vehicle battery company developing a controversial project in Michigan, and wired campaign contributions to several top Democrats” reports Fox News.
“According to state and federal filings, Monique Field-Foster, an attorney at the Lansing office of the Warner Norcross + Judd law firm who is acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Gotion, donated to the campaigns of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Whitmer’s sister Liz Gereghty and Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Rep. Elissa Slotkin” the Fox News report continued.
“With the right incentives, nation-leading infrastructure, world-class workforce and booming clean energy production, we have transformed ourselves into an attractive location for global manufacturers. Today, we take another leap forward. It’s my pleasure to welcome Gotion to Illinois and to show the world yet again that Illinois is ready to be a player on the world stage.”
Pritzker delivered remarks late last week thanking Gotion for choosing Illinois to call “home” in a ceremony with leaders from Gotion High-Tech, including Li Zhen, the company’s chairman and president, who said he expected the factory to open in less than 12 months.
“All that we see here [in Illinois] are of enormous value to us: an enabling business environment, a supportive state government for the new energy industry and their highly efficient work, as well as the prospects of the State of Illinois in the coming years,” the Gotion president added. “We believe that Gotion’s battery technology will help to boost e-mobility in North America and the economic and trade exchanges between China and the U.S.”
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