NSA Mess Boosts Sales of One Book 6,021%
That book, of course, is Orwell's '1984'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
A rare 1st edition of '1984' is seen in this file photo.   (?)

(Newser) – All the furor about real-life Big Brother-esque surveillance has a lot of people reaching for the fictional version. As of this morning, Amazon sales of George Orwell's 1984 had jumped 6,021% in 24 hours, NPR reports. The dystopian classic is now No. 164 on the online bookseller's charts. Current events have a way of rippling on sales charts like that. During the 2008 financial crisis, Atlas Shrugged was tearing up the charts. And call us crazy (or maybe thought criminals?), but it reminds us a bit of this musical sales spike.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Jun 16, 2013 11:36 PM CDT
It's fine and I'm waiting for Obama to put out the latest Newspeak dictionary. As an update to the book, the war with Eastasia rages on is not going too well for Oceana. One of Oceana's top spies defected recently to Eastasia thus giving details of their intelligence gathering system. He's probably given them a NOC list, to borrow from another book. Its a classic story and vastly applicable to today but I rather compare the USA more to, "Brazil." It really hit home after the Murrah bombing. Two things in Little Dixie region of Oklahoma hit very huge. First was, "Brazil" where at the end they blow up a federal building and the other is, "The Clinton Chronicles." I would go from one friend's home to the next and it was playing on their tv sets. Kids sat and watched it instead of Sesame Street. I would go to a someone's home and they would say, "You need to sit and watch this video." I would say, "Oh, hells bells, I don't want to see The Clinton Chronicles one more time." The buddy said, "No, its an Amway video." So I shot him. I nicked his ear and he looks at me and says, "Hey, you could have just said no."
apocalypso
Jun 12, 2013 11:37 PM CDT
LOL, but nobody bought the book when the PATRIOT act was being passed, and anyone who said "hey this is just like 1984" at that time was called "paranoid", and told "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear." America, you're so fucking dumb.
sean8513
Jun 12, 2013 1:37 PM CDT
great book the title is about 20 years early but hey not too shabby since it was published in 1949.