‘Fear’ Advance Sales Top 1M Copies — and These Trump Books’ Sales Are Up, Too

Which of these books by and about President Trump will you buy?
  • Bob Woodward’s book “Fear: Trump in the White House” has digital sales and advance print sales of over 1 million units, making it one of the most popular items in years.
  • President Trump continues his habit of responding on Twitter, including suggesting he’ll write his own book.
  • The tweets and media coverage have produced a “Trump bump” in sales for other books about Trump and his administration.

Bob Woodward, one half of the journalistic duo that broke the Watergate burglary news that brought down President Nixon, penned “Fear: Trump in the White House,” the most anticipated book of 2018.

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The book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced Woodward’s tome sold more than 750,000 audio, print and digital copies as of Sept. 11, the book’s release date, and said it is printing 1 million copies to keep up with the mounting demand. After the book was announced in July, pre-sales surged, and it rose to No. 1 on both Barnes & Noble and Amazon’s best-seller lists once excerpts leaked. It is pacing to be one of the top-selling books for adults in years.

Woodward’s off-the-record sources for “Fear” malign President Donald Trump and paint his administration as a chaotic and disastrous mess full of petty and vindictive in-fighting. Trump, who once sang Woodward’s praises, took to Twitter to refute all of the book’s claims, and has deemed it a work of “fiction” as a response to the first excerpts released on Sept. 4.

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The tweets, media coverage and accusations have served to further amplify buzz and anticipated sales of the book as well as of other books about Trump.

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Americans Are Into ‘Fear’ and Other Trump-Related Best Sellers

As Americans continue to be divided on what they deem best for the country, many seem to share a hunger for reading material on the Trump presidency and the U.S. government. Sales of dystopian novels and related books saw a “Trump bump” between 2016 and 2017, including “1984” by George Orwell, which saw an increase in sales of 185 percent in January 2017 over January 2016, according to Statista. 

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Trump, self-admittedly, is not a bookworm, but that hasn’t stopped him from penning several non-fiction best-sellers over his career. In addition to refuting the contents of “Fear,” he suggested he’d write his own book about his presidency:

Amazon Best-Sellers by Donald Trump:

  • “The America We Deserve”
  • “Think Like a Billionaire”
  • “The Art of the Deal”
  • “The Art of Survival”

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Best-Sellers About Trump by Former Trump Administration Officials

The comings and goings of the Trump administration provide both liberal and conservative writers no shortage of material. These are the best-selling books about President Trump by former Trump administration officials and others so far in 2018, according to various media and publishing outlets, but Woodward’s book “Fear” is looking like it could top them all soon.

Best-Sellers About President Trump and the Trump Administration
TitleAuthorUnits Sold
“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”Michael WolffMore than 2 million copies, as of April 2018
“Fear: Trump in the White House”Bob WoodwardMore than 750,000 copies, as of Sept. 11, 2018
“A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”James ComeyMore than 600,000 copies in its debut week, as of April 2018
“Russian Roulette”Michael Isikoff and David Corn108,528 copies, as of April 2018
“The Russia Hoax”Gregg Jarrett72,730 copies, as of August 2018
“Liars, Leakers, and Liberals”Jeanine Pirro36,082 copies, as of August 2018
“Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” Omarosa Manigault Newman34,000 copies in its debut week, as of August 2018

President Trump’s Twitter responses to several books and articles about him, including these statements, and his continuing activity on Twitter could serve to further the “Trump bump” sales pattern:

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