T.O. author gets unexpected Trump bump
New White House exposé shares its name with 2008 WW2 book
A University of Toronto professor’s 10-year-old book is back in the spotlight thanks to a random coincidence and a notorious president.
Randall Hansen was at a conference in Washington, D.C. last week when Michael Wolff’s exposé of Donald Trump and his workings inside the White House took over the airwaves.
“Everyone was saying ‘Fire and Fury’ left, right and centre,” said the interim director of U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
His own book, Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, was published in 2008 and “has been languishing in sales,” he said. “Then I checked on Amazon, and all of a sudden my book was on three best-selling lists.”
Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, describes a chaotic environment in the U.S. president’s office. Published Jan. 5, it has attracted an unprecedented level of interest from local readers for a non-fiction book, said Toronto Public Library manager Michele Melady.
“Every time there is another television interview about it, we immediately see more holds being placed,” Melady said. About 2,900 holds. Hansen acknowledged that some people might be buying his book by mistake. “But many others have reached out to tell me they have interest in military history but didn’t know the book was out there,” he said. “So this was lucky press.”
Hansen’s book examines the morality of aerial bombing, told from the perspective of German civilians during the Second World War. He said his research is relevant today and presents a “healthy reflection” on the horrors of war.
“We have in the office of the president a deranged and destabilized demagogue who has brought us closer to war than we have been in decades,” he said.
Randall Hansen shows off his book on the Allied bombing of Germany.