Woodward, Wolffe and Baker on Obama

Veteran investigative reporter Bob Woodward joins six major journalists already under contract to write about the Obama presidency and campaign (including Newsweek‘s Jonathan Alter and the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza), according to a report in The New Republic.

While noting that “Obama’s White House is known to hate process stories, exactly the sort of exhaustive, in-the-room descriptions of high-level debates at which Woodward excels,” The New Republic also claims that Woodward may be particularly hungry for scoops this time around, given that “his fouth and final Bush book, The War Within, sold just 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen BookScan,  far below his third Bush installment, State of Denial, which sold more than half a million.” No title or publication date has yet been announced for the new book.

Meanwhile, readers who can’t wait to read the Obama story have pushed Renegade: The Making of a President by Richard Wolffe up to #55 on Amazon. Although some libraries have not ordered the book by the Newsweek Senior White House correspondent and frequent MSNBC contributor, most have small quantities, with a few reserves.

Renegade: The Making of a President
Richard Wolffe
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Crown – (2009-06-02)
ISBN: 9780307463128

Available from Random House Audio:

  • CD;  $30; 9780739385265 

Award-winning graphic novelist Kyle Baker, best known for his wordless portrait of rebel American slave Nat Turner, also has a fresh take on Obama scheduled for publication by HarperCollins in 2011, according to the author’s blog.

Comments are closed.