Fire and Fury, the new bombshell book on President Donald Trump’s administration, is a worldwide bestseller, with book stores and online shops unable to keep up with the demand.
Written by Michael Wolff, who sat in the West Wing and interviewed people close to the President, the book details widespread dysfunction in the White House and labels Trump as a man-child who is incapable of doing his job.
The book has generated lots of criticism and doubts over how much is truthful, but still, book lovers are snatching it up in record numbers.
This is true for libraries as well, with Calgary locations waiting to get their copies.
“We put our initial order in for 80 books, but we’re probably going to have to up that to 100 books,” says Stephen Gibbs, who helps select new books for the Calgary Public Library.
He says Fire and Fury has set records for sales velocity, and everyone — including the publisher — is surprised.
“It’s been out for a week now, and it’s already in its 11th printing,” said Gibbs. “The publisher shipped 700,000 already, and I think there’s about 1.4 million on order.”
That sounds like a whole lot of books, but stores are continually sold out and there is a long wait list if you’re hoping to borrow a free copy.
“The wait list is about 650 people right now. For a non-fiction book, I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen that,” added Gibbs.
The Trump administration has tried to blast the book as a boring work of fiction; Presidential advisor Stephen Miller labelled it a “garbage book” written by a “garbage author” during this week’s testy interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, and the President himself took to Twitter to blast it several times.
However, Gibbs says the irony is that all those efforts to discredit Wolff’s work have only made it more popular.
“The cease and desist order, [Trump’s] reaction in the news, has driven people to want to get their hands on this book as fast as they can.”
The release was even pushed up by a week following that cease and desist order, something Gibbs admits he has probably never seen before.
You can place a hold on Fire and Fury by logging into your library account, but with that waitlist we may be watching the inauguration of the 46th President by the time it’s available.
Unfortunately, there’s also no advantage to playing a big role in helping pick the book, like Gibbs did.
“Oh for sure, I’ll be number 657 on the waitlist.”