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So Everybody's Been Buying the Wrong 'Fire and Fury' and the Author's Loving It

So basically...people have been rushing to Amazon in order to buy Michael Wolff's highly critical new book about the Trump administration, entitled Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House before it sells out. It has already sold 30,000 copies and was only released on January 5th of this year. What's funny about these efforts to remain well-up on the present day political climate is that people have been accidentally placing orders for Randall Hansen's book Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945 instead.

 

“I don’t know how much of this is a mistake and how much of this is from new interest created by free advertising,” Randall Hansen said in an interview. “There might be some returns.” 

 

Randall Hansen is a political scientist and historian at the University of Toronto, where he has held a Canada Research Chair in Political Science since 2005. These mis-clicks have resurrected Hansen's book and given it a second life on three Amazon best-seller lists, and the book has ended up back-ordered on the website, all because people are too busy with their day to day to read an author's name or investigate the book cover. Pretty darn cool for Hansen though, who is happy and satisfied that his book about the cost and futility of war has gained new attention, accidentally or otherwise, because of the current presidential situation in Washington.

 

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Mr. Wolff’s title echoes a threat Mr. Trump made in a United Nations General Assembly speech last August in which he vowed that North Korea would be “met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it endangered the United States. 

 

Hansen's Fire and Fury was published ten years ago and presents a scholarly study about the allied bombing of Germany during World War II. It is highly critical of British-led nighttime bombing of German cities between 1942 and 1945 and pinpoints the little strategic value the operations held. That being said, Hansen does make the claim that precision daylight bombings carried out by the US late in the war did undermine Germany's military. Hansen has commented on the thematic similarities between both works in saying Mr. Trump “is threatening war constantly,” it will be useful to have “a few people read about the horror of war.” Sometimes, everything unfolds as it is meant to.

 

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