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Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soars on Amazon After NSA Surveillance Reports

Sales of George Orwell’s novel “1984,” featuring a futuristic totalitarian state, jumped on Inc.’s website following reports of a classified program that lets the U.S. government collect personal data.

One edition of the book, which was originally published in 1949, moved to the No. 3 spot on Amazon’s Movers & Shakers list, which tracks dramatic increases in sales volume over a 24-hour period. That made it the 100th-best-selling book on the site late yesterday, an increase from its previous rank of 11,855.