Fact Check

Is a Physical Book Detailing Contents of Hunter Biden's Laptop Being Sold For $50?

If that price is too low for you, you could grab a copy or two on eBay for nearly $700.

Published July 19, 2023

Updated Nov. 28, 2023
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Claim:
A physical book detailing the contents of Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop is being sold for $50.

In July 2023, viral posts on social media began highlighting the fact that a "physical 'report' on [the contents of] Hunter Biden's laptop is being sold for $50."

This claim is true. On June 1, 2023, the nonprofit group Marco Polo, which was founded by Donald Trump White House aide Garrett Ziegler, uploaded a large selection of content from a laptop owned and abandoned by U.S. President Joe Biden's son Hunter. He had left it at a Delaware computer repair shop in October 2019.

Former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, among others, had received a copy of the laptop's contents — including photos, emails, Venmo transactions, and other details — which have continually been published by various outlets in an effort to tie President Biden to corruption. Ziegler has stated he received a full copy from Giuliani sometime after the 2020 election. He explained the group's motivations in an interview with Fox News. As described by the National Review:

Ziegler stated that it took his team months to review and redact the photos, which span from 2008 to 2019. He emphasized that the aim of the website is to provide truth and transparency, allowing the American people to see what their first family is like, without excluding photos that may portray the Bidens in a negative light.

"We're not Republican activists. None of us are registered Republicans," Ziegler told Fox News. "In fact, I loved and still love Trump precisely because he wasn't a standard Republican. So this is not a hit job. We're going to keep all the photos that paint the Bidens in a good light and keep all the photos that paint the Bidens in a bad light. The American people can judge for themselves what they think about their first family through this."

While the contents are free to view on the above-mentioned website, the organization has indeed created a physical copy of the laptop's contents in book form. The book, "Report on the Biden Laptop," could be yours for a $50 donation:

If you would like to pay even more for a "first edition" of the book, apparently signed by Ziegler himself on eBay, you'd have to part with $700, based on an eBay listing (something not endorsed by or connected to Marco Polo or Ziegler) active at the time of this reporting.  

Because such a book exists and costs $50 (shipping included), we rate the claim as "True."

Sources

"FIRST EDITION The Marco Polo Report on the Biden Laptop - Hunter and Joe Biden." eBay, https://www.ebay.com/itm/225603354681. Accessed 19 July 2023.

Hale, Maddie. "The 'True Picture' of Hunter Biden's Laptop Exposed." Skynews, 2 June 2023, https://www.skynews.com.au/world-news/united-states/out-of-a-novel-hunter-bidens-laptop-laden-with-sex-drugs-and-shady-deals-exposed/news-story/0bcc0a2131bb24d0cf64abb24e923d49.

"Nearly 10,000 Photos from Hunter Biden's Laptop Published." National Review, 1 June 2023, https://www.nationalreview.com/news/nearly-10000-photos-from-hunter-bidens-laptop-published/.

N.Y. Post Says It Obtained Hunter Biden Emails on Ukraine. 14 Oct. 2020. www.bloomberg.com, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2020-10-14/n-y-post-says-it-obtained-hunter-biden-emails-on-ukraine-video.

Updates

Correction [Nov. 28, 2023]: Corrected to reflect that Marco Polo is the name of a nonprofit organization and that an interview with its founder, Garrett Ziegler, was with Fox News, not National Review. The text was also clarified to reflect that an eBay listing had no connection to the nonprofit group's efforts.

Alex Kasprak is an investigative journalist and science writer reporting on scientific misinformation, online fraud, and financial crime.