There has been lots of buzz about all the books being written about the Trump administration. According to Axios, Trump gave at least 22 interviews to the authors of 17 new and forthcoming books, and the first wave of those books began to be released in late June. While Nightmare Scenario, about Trump’s response to the pandemic, didn’t benefit from a Trump interview, the authors of the other three new releases did interview the former president.
The clear early winner has been I Alone Can Fix It by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, which has sold nearly 139,000 copies since its July 20 release, according to NPD BookScan, including more than 90,000 print copies sold in its first week. Michael Wolff’s Landslide has sold almost 50,000 copies since it went on sale a month ago.
None of the new crop of titles are enjoying the blockbuster results achieved last year by two books critical of Trump. The Room Where it Happened by John Bolton sold more than 221,000 hardcover copies in its first week last year and has sold a total of 679,000 copies at outlets that report to BookScan, while Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough sold about 339,000 copies in its first week and has sold more than 1.2 million copies altogether.
With more new Trump titles coming from such journalists as Bob Woodward and Maggie Haberman, an abundance of books about the former president could become a glut.