Decade-old book called ‘Fire and Fury’ hits best-seller list
A 10-year-old book with a similar title to journalist Michael Wolff’s newly-released exposé on the Trump administration has shot up on Amazon’s best-seller list amid soaring sales for Wolf’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”
Randall Hansen’s “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945” shot up close to the top of three of the website’s bestseller categories after the publication of Wolff’s book last week, The Guardian reported.
Hansen, a Canadian professor who was in Washington, D.C. on Friday as Wolff’s book was hitting shelves, told the news service that he was shocked to find that people were “dumb” enough to confuse his book for Wolff’s. Hansen’s book, published in 2008, details civilian accounts of the Allied bombing of Nazi Germany during World War II.
“It amused me. Part of me thought: can people really be that dumb to be confusing these books?” he said.
Some Twitter users did confuse the two, apparently, leading to some “bitter comments” left on Hansen’s feed.
“I had a couple of bitter comments,” Hansen told The Guardian. “There was one tweet, he came forward and said, ‘I bought this book by accident and there’s no way I’m reading it,’ in kind of this accusatory tone. I thought, well, it’s not quite my fault, mate.”
Amazon reviews captured by The Washington Post that have since been deleted featured angry reactions from readers who bought the wrong author’s book.
“I DON’T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP! I DON’T KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO HAPPY WITH THIS BOOK AND MAKEINIG A BIG DEAL OF THIS,” one review said.
“HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLUMPF !!! SCAM !!!” another read, according to The Post.
Hansen told The Guardian that he hopes readers will find a particularly relevant message about war in his book, a coincidence that he says makes him happier than the newfound surge in sales.
“And we’re talking about that at a moment when we have this warmongering, unstable, deranged demagogue in the White House,” he said. “So that coincidence actually makes me happier than the sales.”
Wolff’s book, published last week, skyrocketed in sales as the media began reporting the explosive claims it makes about the Trump administration. It is now the fastest-selling nonfiction book in publisher Henry Holt’s history.