Confession time. I have not read the new Michael Wolff book, nor do I expect it to make its way to the top of my already extensive list of books I want to get around to reading. From what I’ve seen in various reviews and interviews I’m not missing out on much, but plenty of other people are snapping it up. Unfortunately for some of them, they didn’t look into the details very closely and wound up ordering a different tome by author Randall Hansen. His book, Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945 has experienced a surge in popularity in the past week, and that’s great news for him. You can probably guess why. (Washington Post)
“I was perking up a bit,” said Hansen, the interim director at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. But his interest in the book had less to do with the political controversy it ensued, and more to do with its title.
That’s because almost a decade ago, Hansen also wrote a book about a different kind of “fire and fury.” Hansen’s “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945,” released in 2009, earning national acclaim in Canada for its examination of civilian German suffering during World War II.
But in recent years, “very few people were buying it,” Hansen said in an interview Tuesday with The Washington Post.
Not only are Hansen’s sales up, but he landed on no less than three different Amazon best seller lists. Good for him! More people should be catching up on history and World War II is simply fascinating. But none of this would really merit more than a couple of jokes were it not for the people offering reviews at Amazon and other sites. It seems that Hansen failed to offer enough Trump-bashing content to satisfy some of his new readers.
“I DON’T SEE ANYTHING ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP! I DON’T KNOW WHY THE DEMOCRATS ARE SO HAPPY WITH THIS BOOK AND MAKEINIG A BIG DEAL OF THIS,” one review said.
And at least one reader felt deceived.
“HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLUMPF !!! SCAM !!!” the reader posted.
Another wrote: “I love Trump, so I bought this book to spite Wolf.”
Are those reviews real or are they just trolling? I know any hot topic like this can draw the jokers out of the woodwork and prompt a lot of questionable humor. But it’s harmless enough in this case. Plus, it sounds like Hansen is a nice enough fellow and writing a book is hard work. If he can make a few bucks off of this deal, all the better. Congratulations, sir!