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a tale of two fire and furies

To the delight of its author, another Fire and Fury is flying off the shelves

If you can't get your hands on a copy of Fire and Fury, consider instead purchasing a copy of Fire and Fury.

Everyone is talking about Michael Wolff's new exposé about President Trump and the chaos permeating the White House, but another book with the same name is also rising on the charts: Randall Hansen's 2008 tome Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945. Hansen, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, told The Guardian he hasn't seen "this level of interest since the book first came out." Wolff's Fire and Fury was released on Friday, and that night, Hansen said he went on Amazon and saw that his Fire and Fury was listed in three bestseller categories. "It amused me and part of me thought, can people really be that dumb to be confusing these books?" Hansen said.

It turns out that yes, they can be. Hansen told The Guardian he has received some rude messages from people who said they bought the book by accident — one man sent him an angry tweet, saying "there's no way I'm reading it" — but he's also heard from others who said they stumbled upon his Fire and Fury and thought it looked like a good read. Hansen isn't a fan of Trump — he called him a "warmongering, unstable, deranged demagogue" — but said he's glad his book is being talked about in this climate: "That coincidence actually makes me happier than the sales."