James Comey’s book, not yet released, has already hit Amazon’s bestseller list

James Comey
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Former FBI Director James Comey’s book doesn’t come out until next month, but it’s already climbing Amazon’s bestseller list.

“A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” scheduled for release by publisher Flatiron Books on April 17, was ranked No. 2 overall on Amazon’s bestseller list as of Monday morning, trailing only “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo,” a satirical children’s book that imagines Vice President Pence’s pet rabbit as gay.

Comey’s book shot up the retailer’s bestseller list over the weekend, CNN reports.

It had been ranked at No. 15 on Saturday morning before hitting No. 1 the following day.


The spike might have been due to a series of tweets from President Trump, who fired Comey last May. Trump was reacting to fallout over Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions’ dismissal of deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe on Friday.

It would not be the first time Trump’s tweets spurred book sales. A number of his tweets directed at Michael Wolff’s book “Fire and Fury” coincided with that book’s climb up bestseller lists, where it stayed for several weeks.

On Saturday, Comey fired back at Trump with an apparent mention of his forthcoming book:

The contents of Comey’s book have been zealously guarded by Flatiron. The book is password-protected and hidden under a code name by the publisher to protect it from staffers not involved with it, Politico reports.

In addition, the publisher has asked employees of warehouses that are scheduled to ship the book to sign nondisclosure agreements promising they won’t leak the book’s contents.

Amazon isn’t the only retailer to see a spike in pre-orders for Comey’s book. As of Monday morning, “A Higher Loyalty” was the No. 1 bestselling book on Barnes and Noble’s website, just above the book “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump” by journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn.