Could one of the reporters whose words helped to drive Richard Nixon from the White House, help to move Hillary Rodham Clinton back in?
Carl Bernstein has written what may stand, for the rest of the 2008 campaign, as the authoritative biography of the former first lady and presidential hopeful.
The book, to be published by Alfred A. Knopf, is called “A Woman in Charge: the Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton” and will have a first printing of 350,000 copies.
Bernstein… interviewed more than 200 people, including friends, colleagues and adversaries of Clinton’s for the book, which covers her life up through the decision to run for the presidency.
The Knopf spokesman said Bernstein did not interview Clinton or her husband for the book although he has had contact with them over the years.
In the book, to hit stores on June 19, Bernstein explores Clinton’s complex relationship with her disciplinarian father, examines the early development of her deep religious feelings and looks at her courtship with Bill Clinton and the dynamic of their marriage, Knopf said in a statement.
Two New York Times reporters have teamed up to write another Clinton bio, titled “Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.” Reports are that neither book is flattering enough to serve as an official campaign biography. Publication of the Bernstein book was moved up, after the former Washington Post writer submitted a final chapter last week.
Little, Brown & Company is considering a move-up in its publication date for the book by the Times team, so their effort doesn’t get swamped by the publicity wave for Bernstein’s project. Both books should make for fascinating reading for political junkies, in just a couple of months.