It took less than a day for the January 6 report to go from public unveiling to bestseller list on Amazon.com.
As of Friday night, three editions of the Congressional Survey of the 2021 U.S. Capitol Siege by supporters of then-President Donald Trump were in the top 30 on Amazon. Editions include one with a foreword by MSNBC anchor Ari Melber, published by Harper Paperbacks; A release from Celadon Books with a foreword by New Yorker editor David Remnick and an epilogue by Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and House Select Committee member; and a volume by Hachette Book Group publisher Twelve, published in coordination with The New York Times.
The 814-page document, released late Thursday, is not copyrighted, can be posted by anyone, and is otherwise freely available on various government and media websites. Previous government publications, from the 9/11 commission report to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russian officials when he ran for president in 2016, have been bestsellers. The 9/11 report was even a finalist in 2004 for the National Book Award.
As with other government publications, publishers rushed to get their books out quickly to capitalize on public interest. All three bestselling editions will be released in the next two weeks, along with books from Random House and Melville House Books.
The January 6 report wraps up an 18-month investigation, which included more than 1,000 witness interviews and more than a million pages of source documents. The committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans blamed the insurgency on Trump, finding a “multi-part conspiracy” orchestrated by the president and his closest allies in a bid to undo his loss to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump, a Republican, has already announced his candidacy for 2024.
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