Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” has sold more than 750,000 copies through its first day of release, the biggest first-day sales in the history of 94-year-old publisher Simon & Schuster, reports CNBC.
The veteran Watergate reporter’s tell-all book, which takes an in-depth and unflattering look at President Donald Trump’s White House, is based on “deep background” sources whose identities are concealed to allow for less guarded interviews. The book paints a picture of a dysfunctional Trump White House and a politically ignorant, mercurial president who is often antagonistic to his top officials.
Trump has called the book, released Sept. 11, “a con on the public” consisting of quotes that are “made up frauds” designed to boost Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
The publisher 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 also announced that “Fear” has had the “fastest sales for an adult title” since July 2015.