The publisher of Michael Wolff‘s new exposé of the Trump White House has decided to get it onto bookshelves early.
“Due to unprecedented demand, we are moving the on-sale date for all formats of ‘Fire and Fury,’ by Michael Wolff, to Friday, January 5, at 9 a.m. ET, from the current on-sale date of Tuesday, January 9,” a Henry Holt and Wolf spokeswoman told CNN this Thursday.
The early release announcement came just hours after a personal attorney for President Trump sent a cease and desist letter to book’s publisher demanding that it not be released.
“Here we go. You can buy it (and read it) tomorrow. Thank you, Mr. President,” Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff tweeted about the early release decision.
Excerpts from the book have been published by New York magazine, The Hollywood Reporter and GQ. The excerpts are full of shocking quotes and claims about what Wolff portrays as White House chaos and incompetence — affirming much of what’s been previously reported by other outlets and adding disturbing new details.
Some of Wolff’s reporting has already been corroborated. But the book also contains some errors, according to early reviewers.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders called the book “fantasy” and fiction on Thursday. But other White House officials allowed Wolff an enviable amount of access to the West Wing last year.
The book is already #1 on Amazon, which means there have been thousands of pre-orders. It is unclear when those orders will be delivered.
Trump’s personal lawyer Charles Harder demanded that the publisher “cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of the book, saying that it contains “false/baseless statements” and “actual malice” regarding Trump.
But according to the publisher, the book is “an extraordinary contribution to our national discourse, and are proceeding with the publication of the book” and will go on bookshelves regardless.
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