As of 12-19-18 the book has sold over 400,000 copies and has raised $1.5 million.
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Whose Boat Is This Boat? is a 2018 children's picture book credited to Donald
Trump and compiled by the staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The book
is composed of quotes made by Trump during his visit to affected areas on
September 19, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The title is drawn
from an impassioned, and truly heartfelt response to this one boat that washed
ashore. During his visit, Trump made a number of comments about a boat that had
been shipwrecked on the property of a survivor and homeowner in New Bern, North
Carolina. The book is credited to Trump (by accident). However, the publisher,
Simon & Schuster, credits authorship to The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen
Colbert, which it describes as: "bipedal mammals. They were born on earth and
currently reside in the New York City area. Their hobbies include kayaking."
100% of the book's proceeds will be donated to The Foundation For The Carolinas,
The One SC Relief Fund, The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, Florida Disaster
Fund, and World Central Kitchen. According to Colbert, publishing the book ensures
that Trump's comments about that boat is helping in spite of him. The book blurb
describes it as "An excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy
learning about empathy by process of elimination." Colbert says, "It's the perfect
gift for young readers and presidents who don't read."
Simon & Schuster's press release says, "Research suggests this will be the first
children's book ever published that demonstrates what not to say after a natural
It also quotes company president Jonathan Karp, "Donald Trump has described himself
as the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter. With this book, he proves himself to be the
Dr. Seuss of hurricane literature."
As of September 30, 2018, the book was the number one best selling book on Amazon.
As of the week of October 21, 2018, it was the second best selling non-fiction book.
This is a short book that is worth every penny to help hurricane relief survivors.