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Surveillance reports spark sales of '1984'

Associated Press • Jun 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The country's book-buyers are reading up on being watched.


for dystopian classics such as George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous

Huxley's "Brave New World" have been strong since news broke last week

that the U.S. government had vast surveillance programs targeting phones

and Internet records.

Several editions of Orwell's "1984," about

an all-seeing government, were among Amazon.com's top 200 sellers as of

Wednesday morning. Huxley's story of a mindless future ranked No. 210

and was out of stock.

A perennial favorite of futuristic horror, Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," was ranked No. 75.

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