N. Korea can’t get enough lit­er­ary ‘Fire and Fury’

The Signal - - USA TODAY - Kim Hjelm­gaard

Michael Wolff’s book about Pres­i­dent Trump’s White House has made its way to one of the most iso­lated cor­ners of the planet: Kim Jong Un’s North Korea, where state me­dia praised it Thursday for fore­telling “Trump’s po­lit­i­cal demise.”

The book, Fire and Fury: In­side the Trump White House, has re­ceived mixed re­views: Some crit­ics and readers call it an un­put­down­able ex­posé of a ju­ve­nile and dys­func­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion, and oth­ers say it amounts to lit­tle more than un­sub­stan­ti­ated gos­sip.

North Korea’s Rodong Sin­mun news­pa­per said in a com­men­tary that ro­bust sales for the book re­flected “rapidly surg­ing anti-Trump sen­ti­ments in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

The pa­per said the “anti-Trump book is sweep­ing all over the world, so Trump is be­ing mas­sively hu­mil­i­ated world­wide,” and “voices call­ing for the im­peach­ment of Trump are on the rise not only in the United States but also abroad.”

Since the book was pub­lished about a week ago, it “has trig­gered a de­bate on whether Trump is qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent, even in West­ern Europe,” the news­pa­per said.

Fire and Fury, which takes its ti­tle from Trump’s threat to un­leash “fire and fury” after North Korea’s mis­sile and nu­clear tests, sold 29,000 copies its first week­end after be­ing pub­lished Fri­day. Dig­i­tal sales topped 250,000, and au­dio sales ex­ceeded 100,000, ac­cord­ing to John Sar­gent, CEO of Macmil­lan, the par­ent com­pany of the book’s pub­lisher, Henry Holt.

The pub­lisher in­creased an ini­tial an­nounced print­ing of 150,000 to more than 1 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the Associated Press.

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