Bob Woodward’s ‘Fear’ hits record sales at Simon & Schuster in 1st week

The newly released book 'Fear' by Bob Woodward will be displayed at Book Passage on September 11, 2018 in Corte Madera, California. The brand new book 'Fear' by Bob Woodward about the Trump adminstration hit store shelves today. 

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The newly released book ‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward will be displayed at Book Passage on September 11, 2018 in Corte Madera, California. The brand new book ‘Fear’ by Bob Woodward about the Trump adminstration hit store shelves today. 

Bob Woodward’s Trump administration tell-all “Fear: Trump from the White House” had the highest first-week sales of any book in Simon & Schuster’s 94-year history, the publisher said on Tuesday.

“Fear” sold 1.1 million copies in its first week in print, e-book as well as audio formats. The book also broke records for pre-orders as well as first-day sales at Simon & Schuster, which will be owned by CBS, selling 900,000 copies when the item was released on Sept. 11.

Woodward, most known for his reporting on the Watergate scandal, wrote ‘Fear’ based on interviews with anonymous sources within the administration. The book depicts a chaotic White House under an uninformed as well as unprepared president, with top staff going so far as to secretly remove documents coming from his desk.

President Donald Trump has lambasted the book as a “joke” that will contains “so many lies as well as phony sources.”

“The author uses every trick from the book to demean as well as belittle. I wish the people could see the real facts,” he said last week in a tweet.

“Fear” will be currently in its 10th reprint, according to Simon & Schuster, which will bring the total number of sales to 1.2 million.

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