Some Amazon customers seeking a copy of the new book “Fire and Fury,” a controversial tell-all about the Trump administration, are buying the wrong book.
Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was released last week ahead of schedule after public interest in the project grew when excerpts circulated online.
“Fire and Fury,” which argues that Trump is unfit for office, prompted a war of words between the president and Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist, who was quoted in the book calling Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.” Bannon was also ousted Tuesday from his role at Breitbart in the wake of the book’s publication.
However, the tell-all isn’t the only “Fire and Fury” climbing Amazon’s best-seller charts.
“Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945” by Randall Hansen examines how civilians were impacted by the Allied bombing of Germany during World War II. Some customers have reportedly purchased Hansen's book by mistake in an effort to read Wolff's.
“It amused me. Part of me thought: Can people really be that dumb to be confusing these books?” Hansen told the Guardian.
Hansen said his book climbed to No. 3 on Amazon’s best-seller list this month, nearly 10 years after it was first published.
“I haven’t seen this level of interest since the book first came out,” Hansen said.
Hansen added that he has had “a couple of bitter comments” directed at him amid the confusion.
“There was one tweet, he came forward and said, ‘I bought this book by accident and there’s no way I’m reading it,’ in kind of this accusatory tone. I thought, well, it’s not quite my fault, mate,” he said.
Hansen said he will not know until next month how many copies of his book have sold since the publication of Wolff’s book until his royalty statements come next month.
Some apparently confused customers even left reviews of Hansen's book on its Amazon page.
“I DON'T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP! I DON'T KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO HAPPY WITH THIS BOOK AND [MAKING] A BIG DEAL OF THIS !” one reviewer wrote.
Others made clear they purchased Hanson’s book intentionally or that they were intrigued by Hansen's book while searching for Wolff's.
“I love Trump, so I bought this book to spite Wolf [sic],” one customer wrote.