From Publisher’s Lunch on the latest book deals:
George Stephanopoulos and Todd Brewster’s THE PERFECT PRESIDENT, examining the often surprising characteristics that have contributed to presidential greatness over the course of American history, to Bob Miller at Hyperion, with Gretchen Young editing, for publication in spring 2008, by Esther Newberg at ICM.
Time assistant managing editor Romesh Ratnesar’s TEAR DOWN THIS WALL: A City, A President and the Speech That Ended the Cold War, the history and legacy of President Ronald Reagan’s iconic (and initially underappreciated) 1987 speech in West Berlin, which helped bring an end to the Cold War, as told through interviews with many of those who both helped create and shape the speech as well as those who witnessed it firsthand, to Alice Mayhew at Simon & Schuster, on an exclusive submission, by David Halpern at The Robbins Office (NA).
Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s book intertwining his own story, including his early life of abject poverty in Searchlight, Nevada, with a cautionary tale of contemporary Washington, D.C. (“If I can no nothing greater in this book than explain those two places to each other, then I will have done something important”), written with Esquire executive editor Mark Warren, to Neil Nyren at Putnam, at auction, for publication in spring 2008, by Heather Schroder at ICM.
US News and World Report writer and contributing editor Ulrich Boser’s MISSING: The untold story behind the world’s largest art theft, employing the case files of Harold Smith, the late, world-famous art detective, to unravel the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery, following unfinished leads linking the theft (which included one of only 36 known Vermeers) to FBI’s wanted man Whitey Bulger and the IRA, and exploring the world of art, theft and obsession, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at Smithsonian Books, by Gillian MacKenzie of the Gillian MacKenzie Agency (world).