Politics: August 2008 Archives

Biden book suddenly popular again

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Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics by Joe Biden has become Promises to Keep: The Acclaimed Memoir of the Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate.

That's Random House's swift capitalization of Biden's being tapped by presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The new paperback edition of Biden's 2007 best seller -- which originally was going to be released after the election -- will arrive in stores Thursday. The publisher has ordered a printing of 100,000


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''Bringing out the hardcover last year during the hectic lead-in to the primaries didn't help the book because it was perceived by some to be a campaign tool," said Tom Perry, a deputy publisher at Random House. "It's actually a fine and moving memoir ... this is a new opportunity for the book and it's a great way to get to know who this man is and what he stands for."

Biden has served in the U.S. senate for 35 years.

Here's what the Christian Science Monitor had to say about the book: "Joe Biden's Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics is the most unlikely of campaign biographies: It's a ripping good read... Biden is a master storyteller and has stories worth telling. From conversations with President Bush and world leaders to overcoming personal tragedies and a childhood stutter, the book is paced to keep the pages turning."

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.

Edwards scandal a boon for McInerney

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A 20-year-old book could shed some light on the political scandal du jour.

Alison Poole, the promiscuous party girl protagonist in Jay McInerney's 1988 novel Story of My Life was apparently inspired by Rielle Hunter, the woman at the center of the John Edwards sleaze-o-rama. And now the book is getting hurried back on to bookstore shelves by Random House imprint Vintage Books, according to the Associated Press.

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Apparently McInerney met Hunter -- then known as Lisa Druck -- when she was an aspiring actress in New York City.

Former Democratic presidential candidate and current U.S. senator Edwards finally admitted to an affair with Hunter after months of speculation -- based on a National Enquirer report -- that Edwards fathered a child with Hunter. The two met when Hunter produced videos for Edwards as he prepared to launch his presidential race. Edwards has denied paternity of the child, a daughter.

As of Monday afternoon, ''Story of My Life'' was No. 470 on Amazon.com's best-seller list and was out of stock.

McInerney, 53, is best known for the million-selling Bright Lights, Big City.

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