- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The return of a Republican White House has prompted a renewed interest in George Orwell among book lovers.

Amazon’s bestseller list has taken on a dystopian feel since President Trump was sworn into office last Friday. Mr. Orwell’s classic, “1984,” landed in the sixth slot for the online retailer’s Bestseller category, along with the top slot in Political Fiction. Another iconic tale, “Animal Farm,” came in at No. 9 in the latter category.

The Hill noted Tuesday that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s recent debate with NBC’s Chuck Todd over the definition of “alternative facts” may have played a role, although celebrities stoked fears of a Trump-controlled “Big Brother” leading up to Inauguration Day.

“No one knows what this man is capable of,” HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher told The New York Times on Jan. 15. “It is a very troubling idea that the FBI is politicized. When the internal police department is politicized, that’s a place I don’t want to be on the wrong side of — I mean, that’s fascism.”

Orwell’s “1984” was first published in 1949. The novel revolves around the life of Winston Smith, a Londoner living under a totalitarian government that controls nearly every aspect of its citizens’ existence.

The book made terms like “doublethink,” “thoughtcrime” and “Big Brother” famous.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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