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 TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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 MattisOvernight Defense: Trump identifies first soldier remains from North Korea | New cyber strategy lets US go on offense | Army chief downplays talk of 'Fort Trump' Pompeo backed continued US support in Yemen war over objections from staff: report Stand with veterans instead of predatory for-profit colleges MORE, former chief economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnPoll: Majority believes Woodward book and NY Times op-ed about Trump admin Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president On The Money: Trump announces new China tariffs | Wall Street salaries hit highest level since 2008 | GOP bets the House on the economy MORE, White House staff secretary Rob Porter and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story Nikki Haley on Kavanaugh firestorm: 'It turns my stomach' Melania Trump's spokeswoman gets Hatch Act warning for #MAGA tweet 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 NewmanSales of political books up 25 percent in 2018: report Woodward book breaks 93-year publishing record Stormy Daniels announces new tell-all book: 'Full Disclosure' 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.