T.O. au­thor gets un­ex­pected Trump bump

New White House ex­posé shares its name with 2008 WW2 book

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - Front Page - gil­bert ngabo

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.

ed­uardo lima/ METRO

Ran­dall Hansen shows off his book on the Al­lied bomb­ing of Ger­many.

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