Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book

Booming sales for Woodward’s ‘Fear,’ Trump presidency book

"I found FEAR to be the biggest piece of garbage I have ever read", wrote one Amazon customer, who, while claiming not to be a Scientologist, swears he's no "Hubbard-hater" either. The guy's a f...ing killer.

Woodward's book is portrayed by critics as a sobering glimpse into a West Wing submerged in a swamp of self-inflected controversy, where senior aides - when not attempted to essentially slit each others' throats - express significant doubt in the decision-making faculties of their boss, the USA commander in chief, Donald Trump. "Suppose I need a favour, Donald?".

Woodward's account of a dysfunctional Trump White House has already sold more than 750,000 copies, Simon & Schuster announced Wednesday, a day after the book arrived in stores. "I'm getting it done", the book claims.

According to Woodward, nearly all of the interviews he conducted with Trump administration officials have been recorded. As with "Fire and Fury" and other anti-Trump books, the president has condemned "Fear" as false. "Green lights don't come much bigger than this".

"Misfortune" is almost about assured of joining Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" as one million-selling takedown of Trump. Barnes & Noble also said that the book had the "fastest sales for an adult title" since 2015.


"Misfortune" has dominated political headlines since reviews about it emerged closing week.

Along with other senior administration officials, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly denied quotes attributed to them in Fear, but as the Business Insider reported, Woodward hit back at Kelly and Mattis, alleging that the two men are not telling the truth in order to protect their jobs.

The White House released a statement calling the book "fake news" and "nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad".

Woodward, since becoming renowned in the 1970s for his Watergate reporting, has written loads of bestsellers about sitting presidents.

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