Journalist extraordinaire Bob Woodward's latest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is driving President Donald Trump up a wall (he tweeted about it eight times in the week leading up to its release), but it's also driving readers to the bookstores in extraordinary numbers.
Woodward's publisher, Simon & Schuster, said that “Fear” sold 750,000 copies in its first day — breaking the company's all-time record. The company said in a press release that they had just ordered a ninth printing on Woodward's book, bringing the number of hard copies in print to a whopping 1.15 million.
— Bob Woodward (@realBobWoodward) September 12, 2018
At Barnes & Noble, the bookseller is having trouble keeping up with the demand. They said that it's the fastest-selling title in three years — since Harper Lee's “Go Set a Watchman” in 2014.
The Trump presidency has unleashed a handful of wildly successful books by both White House insiders and journalists. FBI Director James Comey's book, “A Higher Loyalty,” sold 600,000 in its first week, according to the New York Times. Journalist Michael Wolff's, “Fire and Fury,” which chronicles the early days of the Trump White House, sold 200,000 copies in its first week on shelves. Of course, both those numbers are dwarfed by Woodward's figures.
Woodward typically does a few books on each White House and there's usually a fair amount of dirt in them. We can likely expect another text from the iconic scribbler before Trump is out of 1600 Penn.
The president has tried, mostly in vain, to discredit “Fear,” and has lined up members of his administration to say that the text is a misrepresentation of life on the front lines Trump's presidency. However, Woodward's credibility is sound and he notes in his book that he conducted hundreds of hours of interviews to tell the story in “Fear.”