Disputed Book About Trump, 'Fire and Fury,' Becomes Bestseller
A new and sharply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office went on sale Friday, four days earlier than planned.
Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" describes a chaotic White House, a president who was not prepared to win in 2016, and Trump aides who question his intelligence and ability to lead.
Trump has dismissed the book, saying it is full of lies.
On Thursday, lawyers representing the president called on the book's publishers to stop the book's release. They also sent a "cease and desist" letter to Stephen Bannon, Trump's former chief strategist. The book includes critical comments Bannon reportedly said about Trump and Trump's family.
"Fire and Fury" had been set to be released January 9. Instead, it began sales early. It is now the top-selling book on Amazon.com.
In Washington, D.C., people waited outside bookstores in extremely cold weather to buy the book. One popular bookstore, KramerBooks, began selling "Fire and Fury" at midnight Friday. It and another local bookstore reportedly sold out by 10 in the morning.
Wolff spent 18 months reporting on both the Trump campaign and the Trump White House. He reported from inside Trump Tower in New York City and later from inside the White House in Washington.
On Twitter Thursday, Trump said the book is "full of lies, misrepresentations and sources that don't exist." He also said he never spoke with Wolff for the book, and turned down his request for an interview many times.
However, Wolff said Friday on NBC's "Today" show that he had talked to the president for the book.
"I absolutely spoke to the president. Whether he realized it was an interview or not, I don't know, but it was certainly not off the record," he said. He said he spent about three total hours talking with the president.
Wolff says the book is mostly based on talks with people who have worked closely with Trump. He said he has records and notes from about 200 interviews with people connected to the Trump campaign or Trump White House. Wolff has confirmed he has audio recordings of some of those talks.
Wolff also said on the "Today" show that, "100 percent of the people around him [Trump]...they all say he is like a child."
Some parts of "Fire and Fury" were released earlier this week. They led to a vicious public flight between Trump and Bannon. In one passage, Bannon describes a meeting between a Russian lawyer and top Trump campaign aides -- including Trump's own son and son-in-law -- as "treasonous" and "unpatriotic."
After the passage was published, Trump said in a statement, "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency. When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."
Who is Michael Wolff?
Michael Wolff is a longtime writer and reporter based in New York City. He has been a media critic and columnist for USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine and Vanity Fair.
In 2009, Wolff published "The Man Who Owns the News," a book about media business leader Rupert Murdoch. Just before its publication, Murdoch publicly questioned some of Wolff's reporting in that book.
1.full of 充满
The article is full of suggestions.
2.led to 导致
Frustration, anger and desperation have led to a series of wildcat strikes.
3.off the record 非正式的
I told you it was off the record.
4.in office 执政
They are hoping that once in office he can be persuaded to moderate his views
5.A new and sharply critical book about Donald Trump's first year in office went on sale Friday, four days earlier than planned.
went on sale 上市；销售
We came yesterday, but we didn't know it went on sale today.
General Motors had pictures of the Mustang two years before the car went on sale.
6.It and another local bookstore reportedly sold out by 10 in the morning.
sold out 售罄
Tickets were sold out shortly after they went on sale online.
Google Glass went on sale for one day last month, and promptly sold out.
迈克尔·沃尔夫（Michael Wolff）所著《火与怒：特朗普白宫内幕》披露了一个混乱的白宫，一位2016年还没准备好胜选的总统以及质疑特朗普领导智慧和才能的一众助手 。
周四，总统代表律师要求出版商停止发行 。他们还向特朗普前任首席战略师史蒂夫·班农（Stephen Bannon）发了一封“停止并终止函” 。据说，这本书记录了班农对特朗普及其家人的批评言论 。
《火与怒》原定于1月9日发行，不过却提前发售 。目前该书成为亚马逊网站最畅销的书籍 。
在华盛顿特区，人们顶着极寒天气在书店外排队等待购买书籍 。KramerBooks这家热门书店于周五午夜发售《火与怒》 。据报道，早上10点前，出售该书的两家书店已经售罄 。
沃尔夫耗时18个月整理了特朗普竞选和特朗普执掌白宫的报告 。书中包含了他在纽约市特朗普大厦内部及白宫收集的内幕 。
周四，特朗普在推特上表示，这本书“充满谎言、歪曲和子虚乌有的消息 。”他还表示，他从未和沃尔夫就新书内容接触过，还多次拒绝了他的采访 。
他说：“我绝对和总统交谈过 。不管他是否意识到这是一次采访，那就不得而知了，但是肯定不是随意捏造 。”他说与总统交谈了大概3个小时 。
沃尔夫表示，书中内容都是通过与总统身边密切合作者的谈话得来 。他说，他记录下约200次与特朗普竞选团队或白宫有关人士的采访 。沃尔夫还证实，他握有其中一些谈话的录音 。
本周早些时候，《火与怒》的部分内容被公开 。这引发特朗普和班农之间的一次恶劣的公开掐架 。班农在采访时称，俄罗斯律师与特朗普儿子、女婿等白宫高级助手之间的秘密会面是“叛国”和“不爱国”行为 。
此章节内容公开后，特朗普发声明表示：“史蒂夫·班农和我本人及我的总统任期毫无瓜葛 。他被解职时，不仅失去了工作，还失去了理智 。
沃尔夫是纽约市一位资深的作家和记者 。他曾是《今日美国》、《好莱坞记者》、《纽约杂志》和《名利场》的媒体评论员和专栏作家 。
2009年，沃尔夫出版了《媒体业主宰者》，一本介绍媒体巨头默多克的书籍 。该书发售前，默多克公开质疑沃尔夫在书中的某些报道 。