A trove of emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been released to the public, prompting renewed criticism of the chief White House medical adviser.
As that development sparked headlines nationwide, a new book about the influential doctor set to be released later this year has apparently been scrubbed from major online booksellers.
“Finding joy in difficult times”
Fauci’s new book, Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward, was no longer available for pre-order by Amazon or Barnes & Noble, according to the Washington Examiner.
The 80-page book is being published by National Geographic Books and was scheduled to sell for $18 and be released on Nov. 2. A related documentary about Fauci was also said to be in the works by National Geographic Films.
A description of the book touted Fauci as “America’s most trusted doctor” who “had already devoted three decades to public service” before taking on a leading role in the Trump administration’s COVID-19 task force.
“Those looking to live a more compassionate and purposeful life will find inspiration in his unique perspective on leadership, expecting the unexpected, and finding joy in difficult times,” the wrap-up added.
According to the Daily Mail, pre-order sales began on Tuesday but had been shut down as of the following day.
“Will not earn any royalties”
“The book was prematurely posted for pre-sale, which is why it was taken down,” National Geographic Books explained in a statement.
Publishers further affirmed that Fauci “will not earn any royalties” from sales of the book and is not being paid for participating in the documentary.
That explanation did not convince some critics who felt the timing of the book’s disappearance from online stores was suspicious.
At least 3,200 emails involving Fauci between January and June 2020 had been obtained and by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and were initially published on Tuesday.
While some messages are clearly innocuous, remarks about face masks, gain-of-function research, and other topics exposed him to allegations that the long-serving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases had been saying one thing about the pandemic in public and something different in private.