Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivers an address during her inauguration ceremony on Dec. 6, 2016. (Patrick Semansky/AP), Featured Image
The number of copies sold by Pugh is a staggering haul for 99 percent of authors, much less a self-published one, where sales can often range in the hundreds to low thousands. The extraordinary success of the books authored by someone holding public office raised questions about who, exactly, was buying the books—and why. It turns out the books were bought in large chunks by entities that had business before the government that Pugh had influence over—first in the statehouse and then in the mayor’s office.