11 Books That Got A "Trump Bump" Sales Boost This Year
The 2016 presidential election and its results have affected big industries, global markets, and small businesses. Now that the numbers have been tallied, let's take a look at the books that got a "Trump bump" this year.
Donald Trump's effect on the publishing industry has been well-documented, with The New York Times reporting that publishers were rushing to release books about Trump and his appeal, about being Muslim in America, and about "one of the most extraordinary moments in American history." Trump himself is the credited author of several books, and his Art of the Deal ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, made headlines with his opinions on the GOP candidate during the summer of 2016.
The "Trump bump" is the name given to the Wall Street uptick that occurred just after the 2016 election results were in, following an initial plunge. Associated Press journalist Hillel Italie has released a widely shared list of books that received a Trump bump in 2016, but that list leaves off several important works that got massive sales boosts from curiosity about the President-elect.
Publisher's Weekly reports that several of Donald Trump's books — Time to Get Tough, Great Again, and Crippled America — saw their sales numbers increase by as much as 675 percent for the week of Nov. 13, though it's important to note that Great Again and Crippled America are the paperback and hardcover editions of the same book. Italie includes The Art of the Deal on his list of Trump bumped books.
Here are 11 books that got a Trump bump this year and were not written by Donald Trump.
'Hillbilly Elegy' by J.D. Vance
J.D. Vance's memoir about growing up in rural America was one of the most talked about books to hit store shelves this year.
'Settle for More' by Megyn Kelly
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's memoir released after a months-long public feud with Donald Trump.
'It Can't Happen Here' by Sinclair Lewis
One of the books that predicted Trump's rise to power, Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel and play tells the story of a senator who appeals to the common man, only to turn authoritarian once he wins the office of the presidency.
'The Plot Against America' by Philip Roth
Also on the list of books that predicted Trump's presidency, The Plot against America is an alternative history novel that examines what life in the U.S. would have been like if Charles Lindbergh's political career had ever taken off.
'The U.S. Constitution'
That's right: The United States Constitution got a Trump bump this year, thanks to its spotlight in the hands of Gold Star father Khzir Khan at the Democratic National Convention in July 2016.
'Hope in the Dark' by Rebecca Solnit
Men Explain Things to Me author Rebecca Solnit's 2004 book, Hope in the Dark, saw a sales boost as social justice-minded folks looked for some activism inspiration this year.
'The Making of Donald Trump' by David Cay Johnston
This book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Cay Johnston compiles readily — and not-so-readily — available information on Trump to reveal his path to the presidency, from childhood to now.
'The Unwinding' by George Packer
This 2013 National Book Award winner examines how the last three decades have shaped the U.S. and its politics.
'Trump Revealed' by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher
Another book that takes a hard look at Trump's history and climb, Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher's Trump Revealed saw a Trump bump after the election.
'White Trash' by Nancy Isenberg
You know about white privilege and class privilege, but do you know about the people who have the former without the latter? In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg reveals the complicated politics that have kept poor whites voting against their own interests for decades.
'Listen, Liberal' by Thomas Frank
Political analyst Thomas Frank's latest book, Listen Liberal, challenges left-wing politicians who have not done all they could to advance progressive legislation while in power.