Nonfiction: August 2008 Archives

Woodward book unveiled

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Simon & Schuster has confirmed that in three weeks they will publish Bob Woodward's latest investigative look into the Bush administration.

Although this is what Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com have on their Web sites this morning ...

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... this is what the book -- The War Within: A Secret White House HIstory 2006-2008 -- actually looks like:

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Naturally Woodward's employer, the Washington Post, gets first dibs on the embargoed title, and will publish excerpts on Sept. 7, one day before the book is released.

According to Simon & Schuster, which announced a first printing of 900,000 copies, Woodward's book ''takes readers deep inside the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the intelligence agencies and the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq. Based on extensive interviews with participants, contemporaneous notes and secret documents, the book traces the internal debates, tensions and critical turning points in the Iraq War during an extraordinary two-year period.''

Woodward's longtime editor at Simon & Schuster, Alice Mayhew, said in a statement today: ''There has not been such an authoritative and intimate account of presidential decision making since the Nixon tapes and the Pentagon Papers. This is the declassification of what went on in secret, behind the scenes.''

Woodward's three previous works on the Bush years have been No. 1 on The New York Times best seller list.

Olympic fever

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If you're looking to multitask while watching the Olympics over the next couple of weeks, check out Pulitzer Prize-winner David Maraniss' latest book, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World (Simon & Schuster, 486 pages, $26.95). It was the year of Cassius Clay, Wilma Rudolph and Rafer Johnson. It was the year the Cold War heated up. And it was the year doping scandals became exposed.

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Read the Sun-Times' review of Rome 1960, plus a review of a couple of Olympics-themed children's books.

And if that isn't enough, Phil Ponce spoke to Maraniss recently on WTTW-Channel 11's Chicago Tonight.

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