Woodward book breaks 93-year publishing record

Woodward book breaks 93-year publishing record
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Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," sold more than 750,000 copies through its first day of release, the most for any title in Simon & Schuster history, according to the 94-year-old publisher.

The investigative book by the veteran Watergate reporter, who has written books about every administration dating back to President Nixon, was powered by excerpts published before the book's public release Tuesday and President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE's public rejection of it. Trump called the book "a con on the public" consisting of quotes that are "made up frauds" designed to boost Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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The 750,000-plus copies sold combines sales of print copies, ebooks and audiobooks, according to a statement by Simon & Schuster.

The publisher also announced that it ordered a ninth printing, sending the total number of hardcover copies in print above 1.15 million.

"Based on immense pre-publication and ongoing interest, the reading public clearly has an enormous appetite for what we believe, as Woodward says, is 'a pivot point in history,'" said Simon & Schuster President Jonathan Karp in a Wednesday statement.

Barnes & Noble, meanwhile, said "Fear" has had the "fastest sales for an adult title” since July 2015.

Woodward stands by his reporting, which paints a picture of a dysfunctional Trump White House and a novice president who is often at odds with top officials in his administration.

Some officials, including chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Top US general: Trump wrong on Syria pullout, ISIS defeat MORE, former chief economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnChristie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects On The Money: Congress pivots to prevent another shutdown | Trump hits Venezuelan oil company with sanctions | US criminal charges filed against Huawei | Next round of China trade talks set | Forecasts raise doubt on Trump’s economic goals Gary Cohn joked about sending Trump to help Brexit talks: report MORE, White House staff secretary Rob Porter and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyUnited Methodist churches may cut ties with denomination over push to allow LGBT ministers Nikki Haley: ‘I’m too young to stop fighting’ Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? MORE have all publicly disputed accounts pertaining to them in the book.

On Tuesday, Woodward pushed back in an interview with The New York Times, stating a “key” official in the administration privately told him that the book's details are “1,000 percent true,” while publicly dismissing them.

"Fear" comes on the heels of former White House staffer 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 tell-all book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," released in August, and columnist Michael Wolff's "Fire & Fury: Inside the Trump White House," which broke records for publisher Henry Holt in January.