CNN correspondent Brian Stelter was the first to notice that "1984," which was first published in 1949, shot to number six and then five on the Amazon best-seller list. The novel has continued to climb the charts throughout the day on Tuesday.
— Kristie Lu Stout✌🏽 (@klustout) January 24, 2017
Conway triggered a social media firestorm Sunday when she used the phrase to defend White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Spicer had inaccurately described Trump's inauguration turnout as "the largest ever" during his first appearance before the press in his new role.
See the "alternative facts" comment that has everyone talking:
Critics online were quick to compare Conway's comments to Orwell's work.
George Orwell, in "1984," on lies and propaganda: pic.twitter.com/xV4KzTPG9V
— Michiko Kakutani (@michikokakutani) January 23, 2017
This isn't the first time Orwell's novel has seen sales rise alongside mounting political controversy. In 2013, the Atlantic noted sales of the novel shot up 3,100 percent in just 24 hours after Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the NSA.
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