Friday, September 1, 2017

Sales are spiking for '1984,' but it has a long history in politics

George Orwell's novel "1984" is among the dystopian novels finding new readerships since President Donald Trump's election, with Kellyanne Conway's use of the term "alternative facts" Sunday on NBC being compared to how the novel's government frequently used political euphemisms.

The book was written 68 years ago, but today it tops the Amazon Best Seller list. Publisher Penguin told CNN it's ordered a larger-than-normal reprint of the book, but it's not the first time "1984" has seen a resurgence of interest or been used to warn about the state of the US government. Both Democrats and Republicans have invoked it, and it's been used to criticize George W. Bush's administration for actions following the 9/11 attack, Barack Obama's administration for the NSA, and now President Trump's.

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Via: John Adams

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