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George Orwell’s 1984 Tops Amazon’s Bestseller List After Trump’s Adviser Coins the Newspeak Term “Alternative Facts”

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January 31st, 2017

By Jess Murray (via

George Orwell’s famous classic ‘1984’ has sold out on Amazon in the United States after it rapidly rose to the top of the site’s bestseller list.

The ascent to the top began earlier this week when Donald Trump’s adviser, Kellyanne Conway, reportedly coined the term “alternative facts” after she was asked to explain the reason for press secretary Sean Spicer making a statement to reporters that was filled with inaccuracies.

The 68 year old novel is famous for inventing a new concept of ‘newspeak’, which was a language that was designed by the government to influence the way in which people think through the use of the words that were available to them. The language which is promoted in the book by a government department that is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism called the Ministry of Truth, limits free thought and prevents any ‘thought crimes’.

As ‘Counselor to the President’, Conway’s comments that were made in an interview last week were referred to by a number of journalists as “Orwellian”, whilst comparing them to the famous novel, which has been said to be the reason for the influx of book sales. This has also resulted in an urgency for the publisher, Penguin, to print many more copies, as booksellers have been unable to meet demands.


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