1984 tops Amazon's charts as Trump continues to lie


Sales of Orwell's dark drama set in a totalitarian state have soared since Conway, a top aide to USA president Donald Trump, used the phrase "alternative truth" in an interview. The sale surge was highlighted Monday by Brian Stelter, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources", when the book was number six on the list.

The boost in popularity is likely due to numerous comparisons between Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" and the "newspeak" rhetoric used by the authoritarian government in the novel.

Comments by controversial White House adviser Kellyanne Conway have propelled George Orwell's classic novel, 1984, to become a top selling book on Amazon.

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As for the book at the No. 1 spot on the Amazon list? "This brings us to "1984" doublethink, where war is really peace, where starvation is really plenty. That's what's happening here", political historian Allan Lichtman added. Challenged on whether this was the case, Conway defended her colleague saying that he was presenting the "alternative facts".

That phrasing was reminiscent of Orwell's "Ministry of Truth", which, he wrote, concerns itself with "lies".

1984 has sold millions of copies, is a standard in high school English classes and hasn't lost relevance over the decades.