Fire and Fury Set to Surpass Sales of Trump’s Own Book, The Art of the Deal

By January 20, 2018News, Political

Despite only being on shelves for the past two weeks, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump Administration is already set to outsell President Trump’s own book, The Art of the Deal. Mother Jones reports that Trump’s co-author and the U.S.’ leading book sales tracking company has revealed that Fire and Fury is set to reach over 1.75 million copies sold within the short time it has been out, meanwhile The Art of the Deal, which turned 30 last year, has sold approximately 1.67 million copies.

Since Trump took office just over a year ago, he has been hotly debated by all sides of the political spectrum. Fire and Fury claims to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Trump administration. The amount of public interest in Trump has seen the book fly off the shelves and even the mega online store Amazon sold out of copies upon the book’s release.

However, some have questioned the book’s accuracy and Trump’s team has been vocal in its criticism of the book. Trump himself took to Twitter to describe the book’s author as “a total loser who made up stories in order to sell this really boring and untruthful book.” Trump’s lawyer went as far as to issue a cease-and-desist letter to the book’s publisher but this only prompted them to release the book early. Fire and Fury is highly critical of the Trump administration and claims that Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, called Trump’s son “treasonous” for holding a meeting with Russians in Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

Book sale numbers can be difficult to get an exact figure on, especially with new books but, Patricia Eisemann, the director of publicity at Fire and Fury’s publisher Mother Holt, has stated that the company expects to sell 1.4 million copies that are currently on order, the first half of which have already been shipped. The second half will be shipped shortly. “We do expect the 1.4 [million] to be sold,” Eisemann said, adding that it’s hard to predict exactly how many physical books eventually get returned to the publisher from booksellers, unsold. “It truly varies title by title.” However, the company said it is the fastest-selling nonfiction book in the publisher’s history.

Digital copies of the book have already topped 250,000 and audiobook sales exceed 100,000. In its opening week, Fire and Fury has sold over 1 million copies and current estimates show the book will sell over 1.75 million copies before the paperback edition is released. Mother Jones reached out to the co-author of The Art of the Deal, Tony Schwartz, who stated that the book has sold 1,469,280 copies since March 31 of last year. He went on to say “I suspect it has sold another 200,000 or so in the past 8 months, but I can’t say for sure.” He confirmed that this includes all version of the book from print, digital, and audiobook.

It seems that Fire and Fury is set to sell more copies in one year than The Art of the Deal has in 30, provided public interest in Trump continues. Given that he is the current President of one of the most powerful countries on Earth, it seems likely he’ll remain a topic of interest.

Michelle Obama Reveals Cover for Memoir

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We announced the coming of Michelle Obama’s memoir back in February 2018 and now we can finally reveal the official cover for her widely anticipated memoir out in November.

Becoming presents us with Michelle Obama’s life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.

Michelle’s memoir will be printed in 24 languages and sell for $32.50 in the United States.

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Trevor Noah is back with a new book!

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Trevor Noah has done it again! He’s back with a new humorous poke at the Commander in Chief of the good old USA.

Never one to shy away from expressing his opinions, thoughts, and feelings about… Well, anything… Noah and his team have produced a hilarious new book based on the Twitter ramblings of the 45th President of the United States.

As seen on The Daily Show, an illustrated portrait of the Donald J. Trump Twitter account, with analysis and “scholarly” commentary from the writers of The Daily Show and an introduction by Trevor Noah.”

Available for pre-order now and on sale 31st July 2018.

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13 times Harry Potter fans got political

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As much as people would like to argue it doesn’t, and that For Reading Addicts should steer clear of politics, fiction and reality often cross over. There is no escaping politics as life is political, reading is a political act, and literature has recorded and reflects that.

The Harry Potter fandom knows this all too well… The world of witches, wizards, and magical creatures is often fraught with clashes and strong opinion, much like our own. Occasionally this particular literary world has been seen to reflect our own in such a way that many fans cannot help but make comparisons, no matter how obscure, hilarious, or downright ridiculous.

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Nazi Germany, Book Burnings and Censorship

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As the National Socialists rose to power in 1933, censorship also rose along with their ideals. On May 10th 1933, the first book burnings took place, an event that would spread through the next two months and millions of books were burned and destroyed.

The Nazi party eventually published a list of ‘damaging and undesirable writings’ the Liste des schädlichen und unerwünschten Schrifttums packed with authors of Jewish descent, authors with pacifist tendencies, communist sympathies or suspicion there of. Although the original list encompassed only Nazi Germany, as the Nazis occupied other countries, the lists expanded and each country had its own list of literature that must be destroyed. Read More

Women’s Storybook Project Celebrates 15 Years of Helping Incarcerated Mothers Read to Their Children

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For the past 15 years, the Women’s Story Book Project of Texas has been helping women in prison remain connected to their children by allowing inmates who have maintained good behaviour to read to their children. The organisation provides the mothers with a range of books to choose from and helps record them onto CD’s so their children can still hear their mother’s voice reading to them.

One inmate, named Myeisha Garcia, who a part of the programme finished her recording by saying “We’ve come a long way, and I love you,” to her two daughters who currently live with their grandmother. She was sentenced to 10 years after she was charged for manslaughter after killing her boyfriend in a domestic violence fight which she claims was self defence.
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Find out how a bad male author would describe you…

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Twitter caused quite a stir recently when one writer decided to expose a bad male authors for what they are: sexist and dull.

While bad writers of all genders exist, it is a strange phenomenon that sees many male authors write female characters with no sense of them as a person. They describe their bodies as if they were something to consume, and their personalities as an aside, if at all. It becomes more uncomfortable when they attempt to write from the woman’s perspective- giving her an inner monologue that wouldn’t be out of place in a pornography film script.

Let’s make it clear: women do not describe their bodies as if it was for male consumption. That’s the first and most basic rule. The second rule would be- if you can’t write a female part without instantly sexualising her, maybe don’t bother.

Meanwhile, if you have always wondered how one of these awful writers would write YOU- try this fun game below. Read More

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