Nov 28, 2019

How Trump Jr.'s book sales were supported by bulk GOP purchases

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At least nine GOP organizations, Republican candidates and advocacy groups are selling Donald Trump Jr.'s first book, "Triggered," boosting his sales and sending him to the top of the New York Times' bestseller list for nonfiction, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The candidates and groups are recouping their cash through donations, so the story is mostly valuable as an interesting look at how these books make the Times bestseller list.

The state of play: The Times says Trump Jr.'s book would have made it onto the bestsellers' list even without the bulk buys given his presence on the national stage and loyal audience.

  • When "Triggered" debuted at No. 1 on the Times list, a dagger icon was placed next to the book to indicate that bulk purchasing helped with the sales.
  • Andy Surabian, a spokesperson for Trump Jr., told the Times the bulk buys were irrelevant to the book's success.
  • "Triggered" sold over 115,000 copies by Nov. 16, per the Times.

Go deeper: Donald Trump Jr.'s "Triggered" debuts at No. 1 on NYT bestseller list

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Michelle Obama's bestselling year

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Michelle Obama's memoir, "Becoming," will mark one year — 52 weeks — on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list on Dec. 22.

The big picture: She'll be #4 on the list, two spots ahead of Anonymous, whose "A Warning" ranks for the third week.

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"Anonymous" author: Trump will hear from me, in my own name

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The anonymous "senior Trump administration official" who authored a 2018 New York Times op-ed and a new book against President Trump told a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" session Tuesday they will reveal their identity.


Trump will hear from me, in my own name, before the 2020 election."
— Excerpt from the anonymous writer's Reddit AMA
Go deeperArrowNov 27, 2019

NYT editorial board the latest to back Trump's impeachment

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The New York Times editorial board became on Saturday the latest to support the impeachment of President Trump, with an article simply headlined: "Impeach."

[T]he story told by the two articles of impeachment approved on Friday morning by the House Judiciary Committee is short, simple and damning"
— Excerpt from the New York Times editorial board op-ed
Go deeperArrowDec 15, 2019