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Media is at a fever pitch for Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY: Inside the Trump White House!

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New York Magazine (on stands 1/8, online now)

1/5 The Today Show
1/7 Meet the Press
1/8 CBS This Morning
1/8 Morning Joe
1/8 MSNBC, Katy Tur
1/8 NBC Nightly News
1/8 MSNBC, Lawrence O’Donnell
1/8 Late Night with Stephen Colbert
1/8, Fox News, Ingraham Angle
1/9 MSNBC, Hardball with Chris Matthews
1/10 The View
1/10 CNN, Don Lemon Show
1/13 CNN, Michael Smerconish

NPR’s “All Things Considered” — (1/5/181/7/18book review)

Entertainment Weekly
USA Today
New York Times
Washington Post
San Francisco Chronicle
Los Angeles Times
New Yorker
Boston Globe

A message from Macmillan CEO John Sargent regarding FIRE AND FURY:

Last Thursday, shortly after 7:00 a.m., we received a demand from the President of the United States to “immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination” of Michael Wolff’s FIRE AND FURY. On Thursday afternoon we responded with a short statement saying that we would publish the book, and we moved the pub date forward to the next day. Later today we will send our legal response to President Trump.

Our response is firm, as it has to be. I am writing you today to explain why this is a matter of great importance. It is about much more than FIRE AND FURY.

The president is free to call news “fake” and to blast the media. That goes against convention, but it is not unconstitutional. But a demand to cease and desist publication—a clear effort by the President of the United States to intimidate a publisher into halting publication of an important book on the workings of the government—is an attempt to achieve what is called prior restraint. That is something that no American court would order as it is flagrantly unconstitutional.

This is very clearly defined in Supreme Court case law, most prominently in the Pentagon Papers case. As Justice Hugo Black explained in his concurrence:

“Both the history and language of the First Amendment support the view that the press must be left free to publish news, whatever the source, without censorship, injunctions, or prior restraints. In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government.”

Then there is Justice William Brennan’s opinion in The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan:

“Thus we consider this case against the background of a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.” readmoreremove


Happy Monday, friends! We’re off to a good start with three stars for BROADCAST HYSTERIA: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News by A. Brad Schwartz.

In his first book, Schwartz draws upon hundreds of letters sent directly to Welles and the FCC after the War of the Worlds broadcast to recapture the roiling emotions of a bygone era and examine whether or not the infamous radio play really spawned a wave of mass hysteria.

“Schwartz’s book is an impeccable account of the most famous radio show in history, a fascinating biography of Orson Welles, and a vital lesson about the responsibility of the media.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fascinating both as an analysis of both pop-culture and the media.” — Booklist, starred review

“A gripping and informative look at the War of the World broadcast, as well as contemporary issues in the early 20th-century industry of radio. Highly recommended for students of journalism, fans of Welles, and general readers interested in radio or broadcasting.” — Library Journal, starred review

“An entertaining assessment of a watershed moment in American life and its lasting effect on popular culture.” — Kirkus Reviews

BROADCAST HYSTERIA will be featured in Vanity Fair, Common Reader,, and much more closer to publication.


Let’s talk about Atul Gawande’s BEING MORTAL

In BEING MORTAL, our most thoughtful and thought-provoking surgeon Atul Gawande argues that contemporary medicine can do a better, more humane job of managing death and dying by comforting and enhancing our experience, providing not only a good life but also a good end. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, the bestselling author of COMPLICATIONS, BETTER and THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO, offers “a deeply affecting, urgently important book…about living to the last with autonomy, dignity, and joy.”*

BEING MORTAL is a November 2014 Indie Next selection, has a starred review among many raves, and Dr. Gawande is kicking off a week of media appearances opposite Jon Stewart and Charlie Rose!

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (10/6)
PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show” (10/6)
C-SPAN’s “After Words” (10/8)
PBS’s “Frontline” (1/13/15)
NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show” (10/6), “Here and Now” (10/6), “Radiolab” (10/7), “Science Friday” (10/10)
Vanity Fair (October issue)
The New York Times (10/4)
The Economist (10/4 issue)
The Boston Globe (10/5)
The Chicago Tribune (10/6)
Fortune (10/6 issue)
The New York Times Book Review (10/26)

Praise for BEING MORTAL: