- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The author of the nonfiction 2009 book “Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany” said he is enjoying a bump in sales as readers are apparently confusing his title with Michael Wolff’s controversial tell-all about President Trump.

“I haven’t seen this level of interest since the book first came out,” Randall Hansen, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, told The Guardian.

Mr. Hansen said he was in Washington on Friday when Mr. Wolff’s hotly debated book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” was released, but was shocked to realize that some people were snatching up his book of the same name by accident.

“It amused me. Part of me thought: can people really be that dumb to be confusing these books?” he said.

“I had a couple of bitter comments,” he added. “There was one tweet, he came forward and said, ‘I bought this book by accident and there’s no way I’m reading it,’ in kind of this accusatory tone. I thought, well, it’s not quite my fault, mate.”

His book is currently ranked on three Amazon best seller lists, including German history, military aviation history and World War II history.

Mr. Hansen said he wouldn’t know exactly how many copies of his book had recently sold until his royalty statements came in next month.

He also issued sharp criticism of Mr. Trump, saying the sudden uptick in sales of his book comes at a perfect time to shine a light on the consequences of war.

“If a few more people read my book now and reflect on the horrific consequences of war to civilian populations,” Mr. Hansen told The Washington Post. “I think that would be a very good outcome.

“It’s particularly important when we have this unstable demagogue in the White House who is constantly threatening … war and the use of military weapons,” he said.

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