Barnes & Noble Releases Map Showing Polarization of Political Book Sales

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Barnes & Noble released a report that found that not only have sales of political books risen in 2018, but there’s a stark political divide in states that sell books supporting or chastising President Donald Trump.

The book retailer released data Tuesday, according to CNBC, showing that there has been a 57 percent boost in political book sales compared to a year earlier.

The report also highlighted an increasing divide in regional politicism, showing a stark difference in the popularity of books that cast the president in a positive or negative light.


Barnes & Noble found that the states that bought more books favoring or opposing the president reflected the results of the 2016 election, with a few exceptions.

The top three books sold so far in 2018, however, were all negative takes on Trump’s time in the White House.

Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House” was the number one best seller. It was also the fastest-selling book in almost four years, with Barnes & Noble saying that the book sold over one copy per second.

Trump was quick to pan the book as a “work of fiction.” The book claimed that the president called Attorney General Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded.” Defense Secretary James Mattis said Trump has the smarts of “a fifth or sixth grader,” according to the book, and chief of staff John Kelly said that Trump is “an idiot.” They all denied these statements.

Michael Wolff’s highly contested “Fire and Fury” and former FBI Director James Comey’s “A Higher Loyalty” cracked the top three of the list as well.

The number four spot went to Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett’s “The Russia Hoax,” which made a case against special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation regarding interference into the 2016 election.

However, the top ten was not all Trump-focused, with late Sen. John McCain‘s book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” making the list as well.

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Gary Denton

Where are you getting your info? Those are our huge top sellers, particularly ‘Fear’ and ‘FIre and Fury’.


When did Bailey get his list of bestsellers? I can’t find anywhere, right now, that matches his top 4, even if you narrow the search to just political books.


No surprise here. Notice how closely it resembles the 2016 voting maps? Blues are truly islands, which will make things SO much easier in the next civil war.

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