The veteran Washington reporters unflattering portrait of Trump White House gets ninth printing to meet extraordinary demand from US and beyond
Donald Trump may have dismissed Bob Woodwards Fear as a joke, but readers are showing themselves to be keen to share in the comedy, with more than 750,000 copies of the White House expos sold in American in just one day, according to its publisher.
Fear, which depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owners manual, according to a review in the Guardian, was published on 11 September. Simon & Schuster said yesterday that it sold a combined total of more than 750,000 copies of the book on its first day on sale in the US. The publisher has now ordered a ninth printing, bringing the total number of hardbacks in print in America to more than 1.15m.
Bob Woodwards Fear is selling with the force of a cultural phenomenon, in extraordinary numbers across the board, in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions, said S&S president Jonathan Karp. Based on immense pre-publication and ongoing interest, the reading public clearly has an enormous appetite for what we believe, as Woodward says, is a pivot point in history.
The US chain bookstore Barnes & Noble said that the investigation by veteran reporter Woodward, who broke the story of the Watergate scandal with his Washington Post colleague Carl Bernstein, was its fastest-growing adult title since Harper Lees Go Set A Watchman was published in July 2014. Fear had amazing first-day sales and is in high demand across our stores and online, said Barnes & Nobles Liz Harwell. We havent seen an adult title sell this quickly in over three years, and are working with S&S to keep our shelves stocked to meet what we expect will be continued demand.
Fear, based on hundreds of hours of interviews, details a White House in chaos. On Monday, Trump took to Twitter to rail against it: Just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources. Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dem[ocrat]s cant stand losing. Ill write the real book!
Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, co-owner of Solid State Books in Washington DC, told Publishers Weekly that he expected Fear to outsell ex-FBI chief James Comeys A Higher Loyalty, Michael Wolffs Fire and Fury, and Unhinged, by former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. Woodward has the pedigree, Cumsky-Whitlock told the magazine. Fire & Fury traded on gossipy business. Fear has some really explosive, damaging revelations by serious names and high-ranking members of the administration.
Washington DC bookshop Politics & Prose told Publishers Weekly that it had sold 60 copies of Fear in the first two hours of opening, with 300 copies on hold. Co-owner Bradley Graham said that there had been bulk purchases from officials from foreign embassies. One purchased 13 copies, said Graham. Another asked for four.