Posted on 06/30/2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

It seemed for a while that you couldn't turn around without a tell-all memoir from a former Trump administration official.

And it also seemed, for a while, that such a book was guaranteed to sell well.

Politico reports, though, that the more recent memoirs aren't making much of a splash.

The trend is that books released while Donald Trump was still president — The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton and A Higher Loyalty by James Comey — sold quite well.

But, says Politico, without Trump in the White House, interest seems to be waning; only Peter Navarro's In Trump Time, which focuses more on Trump's approach to governing than it does an insider view of the administration, has made much of a mark.

The theory is that conservative readers aren't interested in trashing Trump (preferring, instead, such books as Our Journey Together, a photo collection of Trump's time in office), while liberals feel like they already know what's in these books.

Politico shares a number of sales figures, noting that they're an incomplete look, and speculates about how a few upcoming books from high-profile — and likely opposing — authors might do.

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Categories: Today in Books

Tagged As: Memoir, Nonfiction, Politics

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