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Surveillance reports spark sales of '1984'

June 12th, 2013 12:20 pm by Associated Press

Surveillance reports spark sales of '1984'

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

Sales
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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