October 18, 2018

North Korea Praises ‘Fire and Fury’ Book on Trump Administration


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Retailers in the United States are having trouble keeping “Fire and Fury” in stock. Pirated copies of the book are already circulating online in Asia. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters

HONG KONG — Michael Wolff’s book about the Trump administration has been getting mixed reviews from critics and others, but it’s finding fulsome praise in one corner: North Korean state media, which says the book’s popularity “foretells Trump’s political demise.”

The book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” has apparently made its way to the so-called hermit kingdom, giving more ammunition to a North Korean government already in a raging propaganda war with President Trump.

“The anti-Trump book is sweeping all over the world so Trump is being massively humiliated worldwide,” said a commentary in the country’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which is run by the ruling Workers’ Party.

The book has sold so well in the United States — 29,000 hardcover copies the first weekend — that retailers are having trouble keeping it in stock, and digital and audio sales have topped 350,000. Pirated copies of the book are already circulating online in Asia.

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Rodong Sinmun said those sales figures were no surprise, given the worldwide enmity toward Mr. Trump, who has belittled the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, as “Little Rocket Man” and suggested that the dictator’s “nuclear button” is too small.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/11/world/asia/north-korea-trump-book-michael-wolff.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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