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Publisher rushing to print more copies of ‘Fire and Fury’

Publisher rushing to print more copies of ‘Fire and Fury’
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The publishing company for an explosive new book about the Trump White House is rushing to print more copies to keep up with demand from booksellers.

A source close to publisher Henry Holt told CNN that the company printed advance copies of the book, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," but it hasn’t been enough to keep up with demand.

Some stores have set up waiting lists and Amazon is telling customers to expect a 2-4 week wait for a copy of the book after its release date was pushed up last week, CNN reported Sunday.

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“Fire and Fury” has sat atop the Amazon best-sellers list since last Wednesday, when the first excerpts from the book were published in a New York Magazine article. 

The book contains quotes from key figures in the Trump White House, and includes numerous surprising allegations, including that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE was shocked by his 2016 victory, and that 21st Century Fox co-chairman Rupert Murdoch called the president a “f---ing idiot.” 

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is also quoted as a central figure in the book, calling Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpPresident says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump has not prepared a concession speech: report Trump's company paid at least .5M by federal government: report MORE “unpatriotic” and “treasonous” for meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016. 

After several days of backlash for his comments, Bannon on Sunday issued a statement praising Trump Jr. as a “patriot” and a “good man.”

Trump has repeatedly bashed Wolff and the book on Twitter in the last several days, calling the author a “fraud.” 

Multiple White House officials have ripped the book, with policy adviser Stephen Miller calling it a “pile of trash,” and CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit King of Jordan becomes first Arab leader to speak with President-elect Biden Central Asia is changing: the Biden administration should pay close attention MORE calling one claim “absurd.” 

Attorneys for the president sent Henry Holt a cease-and-desist letter warning the company not to publish the book and demanding a retraction and apology from Wolff.

In response, the publisher moved the book’s release date up from Jan. 9 to Jan. 5, when customers swarmed bookstores to get a copy.