Donald Trump may have dismissed Bob Woodward's fright as "a joke," but readers are poised to participate in the comedy, with more than 750,000 copies of the White House exposé being sold in America in just one day, according to the publisher.
The fear that "represents a working white house where the Lord of the flies comes closest to an owner's manual," was published on September 11 in a review by the Guardian. Simon & Schuster said yesterday that it sold more than 750,000 copies of the book on its first sales day in the US. The publisher has now ordered a ninth edition, bringing the total number of printed hardcover in America to over 1.15 million.
"Bob Woodward's fear sells itself with the power of a cultural phenomenon, in an extraordinary number down the line, in hardcover, e-book and audio editions," said S & S President Jonathan Karp. "Because of the immense pre-release and ongoing interest, the reading public clearly has a tremendous appetite for what we believe, as Woodward says, 'a linchpin in history.'"
US chain bookstore Barnes & Noble said the investigation by veteran reporter Woodward, who broke the story of the Watergate scandal with his Washington Post counterpart Carl Bernstein, is the fastest-growing adult title since Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman in July was 2014. "The fear had amazing first day sales and is in high demand in our stores and online," said Barnes & Nobles Liz Harwell. "We have not seen an adult title sell so quickly in over three years, and we're working with S & S to ramp up our shelves to meet the expectations we expect."
Angst, based on hundreds of hours of interviews, describes a chaos in the White House. On Monday, Trump went against Twitter to campaign against it: "Just another attack against me, in a flood of attacks that now use refuted unnamed and anonymous sources.Many have already come to say, the quotes from them, like the book, are fiction[ocrat]s can not lose. I will write the right book! "
Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, co-owner of Solid State Books, Washington, DC, told Publishers Weekly that he expected Fear to outbid Commons higher loyalty, Michael Wolff's Fire and Rage, and Unhinged by former Trump consultant Omarosa Manigault New Man, "Woodward has the pedigree," Cumsky-Whitlock told the journal. "Fire & Fury deals with gossipy businesses, and there are some really explosive, damaging revelations from serious names and senior members of the administration."
Comey's memoirs sold 600,000 copies in the first week of US sales, while Fire and Fury sold around 200,000 copies at its first release; However, the first printing of Wolff's publisher Henry Holt had not satisfied the great demand and the book sold 1.7 million copies in the first three weeks.
The Washington DC bookstore Politics & Prose told "Publishers Weekly" that they had sold 60 copies of "Fear" in the first two hours of opening, with 300 copies sold. Co-owner Bradley Graham said there were large numbers of foreign embassy officials. "You've bought 13 copies," Graham said. "Another asked for four."