Sales of 1984 Up

Sales of George Orwell’s classic novel ‘1984’ skyrocketed 69% on Amazon, according to a report on

Renewed interest in “1984” — originally published 64 years ago — was sparked by reports of widespread spying on American citizens — domestically and abroad — by the National Security Agency (NSA), under the auspices of the Obama Administration.

In 1949 Orwell predicted security cameras when no such technology existed. In his book “1984” Orwell predicted a dystopian future where citizens are subservient to a totalitarian government. Orwell foresaw a future where citizens are spied on by mass media (cell phones, laptop cameras, etc.), and where citizens are brainwashed by a charismatic Wizard of Oz-like character named Big Brother.

According to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, the National Security Agency ordered U.S. Telecommunications provider Verizon “to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the U.S. and between the U.S. and other countries.”

The Justice Department has begun the process of filing charges against Edward Snowden, the former CIA spy who leaked documents to The Guardian newspaper. Snowden is currently ensconced in an unknown location in Hong Kong, where he fled in fear for his safety.

The Obama administration has a history of prosecuting whistleblowers at an alarming rate.


Amazon lists the paperback version of the sci-fi classic as the 19th biggest book on its Movers and Shakers list. The current sales rank is 110.

The list identifies the biggest gainers in sales rank compared to 24 hours ago.

Update: As of 3:22 p.m. EDT, sales of Orwell’s “1984” are up 91 percent on the Amazon Movers and Shakers list.

Update II: As of 10:16 p.m. EDT, sales of Orwell’s “1984” are up 126 percent on the Amazon list. The sales rank is now at 71 – up from 161.

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