Michael Wolff's recently published book, "Fire and Fury: inside the White House," began to stir some commotion both inside and outside the West Wing ever since Trump's former adviser and confidante Steve Bannon went on a tirade, going so far as to describe a meeting between the president's son and a group of Russians during the 2016 election as "treasonous."
Bannon, who was just ousted from Breitbart, has since clarified his remarks, saying he was actually talking about former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
The political chaos hasn't ended there, though. The book's publisher, Henry Holt and Company, chose to release the book early after lawyers for the Trump administration sent out a cease and desist letter.
In the midst of all this mayhem, there's one man who's seemingly reveling in it all--a Canadian political scientist and historian named Randall Hansen.
About a decade ago, Hansen published a book titled, "Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945," and it's recently seen a dramatic increase in sales. That's thanks to a few mistakes on behalf of potential readers.
It appeared that people were so eager to purchase Wolff's highly-anticipated book that they overlooked an important detail: the book's title. They ended up purchasing Hansen's analysis of World War II instead of Wolff's explosive expose into the inner workings of the Trump administration.
He told Circa, "Since Friday when Wolff's book came out, there's been a spike in sales. First, it was a spike in sales on Amazon. I sent out a tweet after dinner very casually about this, which resulted in the tweet going viral, which generated a lot of attention amongst the online community, and then following that, a great deal of attention from the national and the international press, really all over the world. All of that, I think, has translated into higher sales of this book that came out a decade ago about which everyone except me had forgotten."
Hansen said he's not entirely sure how much sales have spiked, and he won't know until he receives his royalty statement next month. But he added that it's pretty clear that Wolff's book directed some attention to the World War II book. His version jumped to the top to three Amazon's best-seller lists, including military history.
But it is not increased book sales that bring him the most enjoyment. As a professor, he said it's been personally rewarding that the ideas in his book--the consequences of war--coming to the forefront of a public conversation.
"You don't write books, unless you're someone like Michael Wolff, to make a lot of money," Hansen continued. "You write books for love, for a love of ideas. If because of this, people are engaging more with my work simply because they read about it, because they take it out of the library. That's the only personal element that really matter to me. Whatever royalties emerge, I mean, that's nice, but it's not that important."
As you can imagine, not all were so thrilled with the book mix up. It provoked the ire of many.
One Amazon review read, "I DON'T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP! I DON'T KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO HAPPY WITH THIS BOOK AND MAKEINIG [sic]A BIG DEAL OF THIS !"
Another person wrote, "HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLUMPF !!! SCAM !!!"
But one of the reviews wasn't as harsh as the others. While it wasn't what the customer expected, it still brings to light an important period in world history.
"I don’t understand what the big deal is about this book i don’t know why people ( democrats ) are all excited trump wasn’t mentioned it’s all about bombing Nazis which is good! I was a little disappointed that they did not mention Lt Aldo Raines and his Team of Patriots each tasked with Collecting 100 Nazi scalps!"
And though it's difficult to authenticate the validity of these reviews--they could have been posted by some Internet trolls--they, nonetheless, provide a glimpse of humor in during a rather tumultuous political period.
On a more serious note, however, Hansen said that readers can apply his wartime analysis to modern-day politics.
"If through my book, people reflect on the horrors of the war, how awful it is for civilian populations, and hard it is to stop once we start, then that's a very, very positive achievement. That matters more than me. I'll be forgotten in a few days time, but if that lesson remains, then I'll be quite happy."
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