Trump insists he writes the ‘book of all books’, but big publishers unlikely to touch it | Books


Donald Trump insisted he was writing “the book of all books” – even though leading figures in American publishing said on Tuesday that no big house is likely to touch the 45th president’s memoir because it could stoke a “staff uprising” and it would be “too difficult to get a book that is factually accurate”.

When Trump left the White House in January, The Washington Post said he made 30,573 false or misleading statements while in office. Comments from insiders on the post were reported by Politico.

Former presidents traditionally look to their memories when they leave office after two terms, like Barack Obama, or are kicked out after one, like Trump. Since the Guardian broke the news of Michael Wolff’s first White House revealer, Fire and Fury, in January 2018, books about Trump and his presidency have proven to be a gold mine.

In a statement last week, Trump, 75, said he had “turned down two book deals, from the most unlikely publishers,” whom he did not name. “I don’t want a deal right now,” he said. “I write like crazy anyway, though, and when the time comes, you’ll see the book of all books.”

The New York Times reported that a two-pound, seven-figure deal with Simon & Schuster won by Mike Pence “wasted” Trump. A Trump spokesperson denied this. But the former vice president’s deal also caused problems for Simon & Schuster, when staff members said the company shouldn’t promote bigotry.

Contracts for the sale of books by other right-wingers ran into trouble in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, serving Trump’s lie about electoral fraud and attempting to reverse his electoral defeat.

Simon & Schuster dropped an antitrust book by Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, which encouraged rioters and opposed the results of constituencies in Arizona and Pennsylvania. But The Tyranny of Big Tech was picked up by Regnery, a right-wing publisher – and distributed by Simon & Schuster.

A Trump memoir could also be released outside of the general public. After all, he’s had bestsellers before, even with the help of ghost writers. Tony Schwartz, who wrote Trump’s 1987 hit The Art of the Deal, now says the book should have been called The Sociopath.

On Tuesday, Politico reported that senior Penguin Random House officials Hachette, Harper Collins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster said they would not touch a Trump book.

“It would be too difficult to get a book that is factually accurate, actually,” one said. “That would be the problem. If he can’t even admit he lost the election, then how do you publish that? “

Another said he was “skeptical” of Trump’s claim he had two offers, adding: “He fucked so many editors before running for president that none of the Big Five did. would work with [him] more.”

Keith Urbahn of Javelin, an agent who has launched many Trump books on the market, told the website: “No matter how much a Trump book deal benefits, the headaches the project would bring would outweigh the far on the potential in the eyes. from a major publisher.

“Any publisher bold enough to acquire Trump’s memoir envisions a fact-checking nightmare, an exodus of other writers, and a staff uprising in the unlikely event that they strike a deal with the former president. “

In a new statement, Trump insisted that “two of the biggest and most prestigious publishing houses made very substantial offers which I rejected” – but again, without naming them.

“It doesn’t mean that I won’t accept them in the future, because I have started writing the book,” he said. “If my book is the biggest of them all, and with 39 books written or being written about me, does anyone really believe he’s above making a lot of money?”

“Some of the biggest backpacks [sic] on earth run these companies.

Trump has never been above making a lot of money, but his personal worth has plummeted and he faces many legal issues. Reports that Barack and Michelle Obama’s post-White House memoirs were sold for $ 65 million may also have pissed him off.


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