New Political Books

The current issue of Publishers Weekly looks at upcoming political books. If you didn’t know it already, the category is hot; many announced first printings are 100,000 or more, with the new Thomas Friedman, Hot, Flat, and Crowded hitting the million mark.

Two titles are listed as embargoed, so don’t expect pre-pub reviews:

Untitled on Bush: Vol. IV , Bob Woodward, S&S, Sept, 750,000 first printing

ISBN: 9781416558972

Of the libraries I checked, only Hennepin shows it on order (Popular Materials specialist, Jeffrey Gegner, adds “Work in Progress” records to their catalog so customers can place requests. He explains the system in this comment.)

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

Barton Gellman

  • Hardcover: $27.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Press (September 16, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1594201862
  • ISBN-13: 9781594201868
  • Audio CD: Unabridged edition; $39.95
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; (September 16, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0143143581
  • ISBN-13: 9780143143581

This is the lead title in the Penguin Press catalog. According to the catalog, the book, by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter, exposes how Cheney “misled the four ranking member of Congress with faulty intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.” Most libraries I checked have it on order in limited quantities.

One of the June titles on PW’s list is featured today in Salon and is not owned by the libraries I checked:

Dark Genius: The Influential Career of Legendary Political Operative and Fox News Founder, Roger Ailes

Kerwin Swint

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Union Square Press (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1402754450
  • ISBN-13: 978140275445

Keith Olbermann‘s constant coverage of Ailes alone should help sell thousands of copies of this title.

By the way, Union Square Press is a new imprint of the Sterling Group. Although Sterling is not known for political books (they’ve literally “stuck to their knitting” in the past, focusing on how-to books), Union Square’s Editorial Director Philip Turner, comes to Sterling with considerable political chops; while at Carroll & Graf, he published Joe Wilson’s The Politics of Truth. You can get to know them by checking out their catalog.

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