Saturday, June 28, 2008

"My fellow Americans, read this book!"

As you might already possibly be aware, this is an election year (occasional mention of this has been made by the media). Certainly the publishing industry is aware of this, and a large number of books either have been or will be published dealing with the candidates and the issues. "Publishers Weekly" recently produced a helpful checklist of some of the major titles to be issued between now and October. Among the ones I'm guessing may be particularly big:

The Wrecking Crew, by Thomas Frank (due in August). Thoughts on current governance by the author of the very popular What's the Matter With Kansas.

Hot, Flat and Crowded, by Thomas Friedman (September). A follow-up to Friedman's megaselling The World is Flat, this one dealing with the political as well as environmental importance of a "green revolution."

An as yet untitled new book from Bob Woodward, the fourth in his "Bush at War" series (September). Woodward's books are almost always newsworthy in terms of new revelations, and I'm assuming this one would follow that pattern.

Angler: The Cheney Vice-Presidency, by Barton Gellman (September). Granted, a lot has already been written about Dick Cheney, but this book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning "Washington Post" reporter looks like it will be comprehensive and authoritative.

One book not mentioned in the "Publishers Weekly" article but which the Obama campaign might want to be aware of is called The Obama Nation. It's due out in August, and is by Jerome Corsi, who co-authored Unfit for Command, the book that "swift-boated" John Kerry four years ago. I'm just sayin'....

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