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 TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 NewmanThe Memo: Impeachment's scars cut deep with Trump, say those who know him Author of anonymous 'resistance' NYT op-ed to publish book Juan Williams: Black Republicans call out Trump — finally — on race 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 ComeyA tale of two lies: Stone, McCabe and the danger of a double standard for justice DOJ attorney looking into whether CIA withheld info during start of Russia probe: NYT Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation 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.