June 7, 2016

Publisher refuses to reissue Trump biography as too legally hazardous

Daily Beast

Donald Trump’s most hated biographer is back—and his book, now more than two decades old, is so controversial that his own publisher has deemed it too “dangerous” to reprint.

Harry Hurt III, the irascible, dogged writer behind Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump approached his former editor at publishing company W.W. Norton, Starling Lawrence, two months ago.

Hurt’s 23-year-old book reveals the bombshell that Trump’s ex-wife Ivana accused him of “rape” in a sworn deposition during their divorce, something she has since said she didn’t mean in the “criminal” sense.

Perhaps W.W. Norton could re-release the book to coincide with Trump’s presidential nomination, Hurt suggested. Lawrence asked him to write a new foreword to the book, but the publishing house’s lawyer viewed the book as too much of a risk.

“[Starling] informed me that Norton’s current in-house lawyer, whose name I do not know, had deemed the book too ‘dangerous’ to reissue,” Hurt told The Daily Beast. “It’s chickenshit, since the book has been out for 23 years, and no one has even threatened to sue me… So that’s kind of bullshit.”

A hard cover version costs $366 up at Amazon but you can get the Kindle version for $9.99

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