The new anti-Trump book is really popular

The president's complaints about a critical book have catapulted "Fire and Fury" up the charts

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published January 5, 2018 11:53AM (EST)

Sign showing that the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" is sold out at a bookstore  (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Sign showing that the book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" is sold out at a bookstore (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Donald Trump does not want the American public to read Michael Wolff's new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." This, of course, is precisely why so many people are lining up at their local bookstore to purchase their very own copy.

The craze to purchase Wolff's book was kicked off by a letter sent by one of Trump's lawyers to Henry Holt and Co., which is publishing the book.

"Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the book, the article, or any excerpts or summaries of either of them, to any person or entity, and that you issue a full and complete retraction and apology to my client as to all statements made about him in the book and article that lack competent evidentiary support," the letter said, according to The New York Times. This prompted Holt to move up the book's publication to early Friday, rather than the originally planned release date Tuesday.

"Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of 'Fire and Fury,' by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. EST, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9. We see 'Fire and Fury' as an extraordinary contribution to our national discourse, and are proceeding with the publication of the book," Holt said in a statement, according to Entertainment Weekly.

There were indications even before the Trump lawyer's letter that "Fire and Fury" was going to be a hit. During a 24-hour period between Tuesday and Wednesday, the book rose from ranking 48,449 on the Amazon best-seller list to being No. 1.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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