Inaugural Publishing

The texts of both Obama’s Inaugural speech and of Elizabeth Alexander’s Inaugural poem will be released in the next two weeks:


The Inaugural Address, 2009: Together with Abraham Lincoln’s First and Second Inaugural Addresses and The Gettysburg Address and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-Reliance
Obama, Barack 

  • Hardcover: $12; 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (February 4, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0143116428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116424

Elizabeth Alexander’s publisher, Graywolf Press, will release a chapbook of the Inaugural poem. According to the publisher’s Web site, a Spanish edition will follow.


Elizabeth Alexander Inaugural Chapbook
Alexander, Elizabeth

  • Paperback: $8.00; 32 pages
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press (February 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1555975453
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555975456

PBS’s Gwen Ifill, who moderated the vice-presidential debate last fall, received some heat from McCain supporters when it was discovered that she was also writing a book about Obama. It  is being released today and is covered by both the NYT and USA Today: It is also adapted earlier in the Wall Street Journal.


Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama
Ifill, Gwen

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (January 20, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 038552501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385525015
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; 9.75 hours on 8 CDs edition; $34.95
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company;  (January 20, 2009)
  • Read by: Gwen Ifill
  • ISBN-10: 1598878727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598878721

The NYT reviews another Obama title being released today. Written by the editor-in-chief of the NAACP magazine, it also addresses the issues of race and the election.


What Obama Means…For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future
Asim, Jabari

  • Hardcover: $21.99; 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (January 20, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0061711330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061711336

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