Whose Boat Is This Boat?
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AuthorDonald J. Trump (accidentally)
Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
CountryUnited States
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
November 6, 2018

Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane is a 2018 children's book credited to U.S. President Donald Trump and compiled by the staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. It is composed of statements made by Trump during his visit to affected areas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Proceeds from sales are to be donated to organizations that support victims of both Florence and the later Hurricane Michael.[1] According to The Late Show, as of December 19, 2018, it has sold over 400,000 copies and raised $1.5 million.


Whose Boat Is This Boat? is composed of quotes made by Donald Trump during his visit to affected areas on September 19, 2018, in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.[2] The title, according to Colbert, is drawn from an "impassioned, and truly heartfelt response to this one boat that washed ashore."[2] 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. These included statements such as "at least you got a nice boat out of the deal";[3] "Is this your boat? Or did it become your boat?";[4] and "To see what we're seeing—this boat, I don't know what happened, but this boat just came here."[5][6][7]

The book is credited to "Donald J. Trump (by accident)."[5] 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."[8]

Proceeds from the book will go to benefit several charitable organizations aiding victims of the hurricane, including the World Central Kitchen.[9] According to Colbert, publishing the book would ensure that "Donald Trump's comments about that boat are helping in spite of him."[10]

The book's blurb describes it as "An excellent teaching tool for readers of all ages who enjoy learning about empathy by process of elimination."[11] Colbert reflected upon the announcement of the book, "It's the perfect gift for young readers and presidents who don't read."[10]

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 disaster."[12] It also quotes company president Jonathan Karp, who wrote:

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.[12]

Release and sales

The book was released on November 6, 2018, the same day as the 2018 U.S. midterm elections.[6]

As of September 30, 2018, it was the number one best selling book on Amazon.com, according to a tweet sent by Colbert.[13] As of the week of October 21, 2018, it was the second best selling non-fiction book on the site.[14]

See also


  1. ^ "Colbert Announces Hurricane Florence Book By Donald J. Trump (By Accident)". CBS. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gilette, Sam (October 1, 2018). "Stephen Colbert Trolls Trump with Kids' Book Using President's Comments During Hurricane Florence". People. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Anapol, Avery (October 1, 2018). "Stephen Colbert to release children's book mocking Trump while supporting hurricane relief". The Hill. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Back, George (September 21, 2018). "Stephen Colbert turns Trump's hurricane comments into a children's book". Yahoo! Entertainment. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Papenfuss, Mary (September 29, 2018). "Colbert Selling His Snide Trump Children's Book To Help Hurricane Victims". HuffPost. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Gilbert, Matthew (September 30, 2018). "Trump's quotes inspire Stephen Colbert to write a book to benefit hurricane relief efforts". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Gallagher, Brian (September 30, 2018). "Stephen Colbert unveils children's book of Trump's boat comments". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Merry, Stephanie (October 1, 2018). "Stephen Colbert found a new way to needle the president: a children's book". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Romano, Nick (September 29, 2018). "Stephen Colbert mocks Trump and helps hurricane victims with new children's book". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  11. ^ The Staff of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (November 6, 2018). Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-982121-19-8.
  12. ^ a b "Simon & Schuster to Publish Whose Boat is This Boat? by the Staff of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert". Simon & Schuster. September 28, 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  13. ^ @stephenathome (September 30, 2018). "Whose book is the No. 1 book? The Late Show! "WHOSE BOAT IS THIS BOAT?" is Amazon's top seller! Get yours to help the folks on the Carolinas recover from Florence" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Week of October 21, 2018, Amazon Charts, The Top 20 Most Sold & Most Read Books of the Week". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 26, 2018.

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