Sales of political books up 25 percent in 2018: report
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Political book sales are up 25 percent so far in 2018, according to a new report from market research company NPD Group.

"There's a lot going on in the cultural zeitgeist, and that’s translating into increased book sales," Kristen McLean, executive director of business development at NPD Group, told Variety on Thursday. 

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Books painting both a favorable picture of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE and his administration, such as Jeanine Pirro's "Liars, Leakers, and Liberals," and books depicting unrest within the White House, such as Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” and Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanEx-White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump NYT: White House says Trump's tan is the result of ‘good genes’ Former White House aide says he's not worried about lawsuit over tell-all book MORE’s “Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House,” have helped lift book sales, according to the report.

"People want to understand what’s going on right now," McLean told Variety.

Nonfiction sales jumped generally, lifted by the popularity of political and self-help books, NPD Group found. All print sales rose 2 percent year-over-year.

New York bookstore owner Lexi Beach told Variety that political books have risen in popularity since the 2016 elections.

"Particularly after Trump won, we had a lot more demand for books about activism and political engagement," she said.

Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe book: Trump pushed back on officials using Putin claim that North Korea couldn't fire long-range missiles Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview Senate confirms Trump pick William Barr as new attorney general MORE's memoir of his time in the Trump White House, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," are among the top three best-selling books of the first half of 2018, according to NPD Group.