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White House Videographer Arun Chaudhary Inks Book Deal

White House videographer Arun Chaudhary has landed a book deal with Henry Holt & Company’s Times Books division. The book is slated for a summer 2012 release.

Chaudhary will tell the story of how he went from teaching at New York University professor to documenting Barack Obama‘s presidency. Editor Serena Jones negotiated the deal with Zachary Shuster Harmsworth literary agent Bridget Wagner.

In the announcement, Chaudhary said the book will focus on “the interplay of art, media, and politics through the prism of the historic Obama campaign and presidency … You won’t learn what the President eats for breakfast, but you will find out what makes space hero Buzz Aldrin mad in a staff van at 8 a.m.”

David Gessner Successfully Targeted Barack Obama in Book Video

Author David Gessner recently targeted President Barack Obama in a book video. In the video embedded above, he shared five reasons on why the President should read his book, My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism.

According to The Boston Globe, it worked (with a little help from a newspaper column). Obama’s two young daughters, Sasha and Malia, were reportedly seen carrying a bag full of books that included Gessner’s nonfiction title.

What book would you recommend to the president?

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Free Samples from Barack Obama’s Summer Reading List

For his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard this week, President Barack Obama has packed a long list of books to read.

If you want to build a presidential reading list, we’ve put together Obama’s five reads with links to free samples of each title.

  1. 1. The Bayou Trilogy by Daniel Woodrell Publisher Mulholland Books describes this work: “The Bayou Trilogy highlights the origins of a one-of-a-kind author, a writer who for over two decades has created an indelible representation of the shadows of the rural American experience and has steadily built a devoted following among crime fiction aficionados and esteemed literary critics alike.” Read more

Barack Obama’s Parents Considered Adoption, New Book Claims

Boston Globe reporter Sally Jacobs has a new book out about Barack Obama’s father, claiming that the President was almost given up for adoption.

In her book, The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father, Jacobs cited a 1961 memo from a US Immigration and Naturalization Service officer who had spoken with the Obamas: “Although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away.”

In a Boston Globe piece, Jacobs explained that the President was not ultimately put up for adoption: “Whether the young couple actually considered such a step, or the elder Obama made the story up in order to appease immigration officials who at the time were considering his request for an extension of his stay in the United States, is unclear. Family members on both sides of the marriage now say they never heard any mention of adoption.” (Via The Washington Post)

Politico & Random House To Partner for 2012 Election eBooks

Random House has teamed up with Politico to create a series of four instant eBooks about the 2012 presidential election.  The series (currently untitled) will only be available in digital format.

According to The New York Times, the first title will be released sometime before Christmas. They will be co-authored by the political news site’s chief White House correspondent Mike Allen and Princeton University journalism professor Evan Thomas. Allen’s writing can be regularly viewed on Politico’s Playbook and Thomas has worked as a political journalist for both Time magazine and Newsweek. Executive editor Jon Meacham will edit the series.

Here’s more from the release: “[The four eBooks] will give readers an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the election in real time, providing detail, color, in-depth analysis beyond the hourly headlines and commentary, and ultimately a look at the final results, and how and why it all happened … Each book will include exclusive reporting from the campaign trail and will chronicle the campaign as it unfolds.” (via Publishers Weekly)

ABC News Publishes Enhanced eBook on Osama Bin Laden

ABC News has published a video enhanced eBook entitled Target: Bin Laden – The Death and Life of Public Enemy Number One. The following writers contributed to this title: chief white house correspondent Jake Tapper, senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, eyewitness Nick Schifrin, chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross, and Nightline co-anchor Terry Moran.

Here’s more from the press release: “[The eBook] features heart-stopping video and photography from the ABC News archives  – from bin Laden’s last interview with a Western news organization and the terrible events of September 11, 2001 to the war in Afghanistan and the white-knuckle moments inside the Situation Room as President Obama and his team watched the operation in Abbottabad unfold.”

The eBook divulges new revelations including Osama Bin Laden‘s codename (“Cakebread”). It also contains one hour of video from ABC News and more than fifty photographs. There are two versions of this eBook available; a full version priced at $7.99 and another that contains only texts and images priced at $5.99. Follow this link to read a free chapter.

Donald Trump To Write Policy Book & Star in Comic

As the world wonders about his potential Presidential bid, Donald Trump has decided to write a book. According to RealClearPolitics.com, he will write a policy book to be released this summer with Regnery Publishing.

Here’s more from the article: “Designed to add some intellectual heft to Trump’s light political resume, the book will lay out the New York City businessman’s policy prescriptions for the country.” Trump has written several books, including The Art of the Deal (1987) and Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007).

Blue Water Productions will publish a comic book profile of real estate mogul in their Political Power series. President Darren Davis had this statement in the press release: “We’re trying to portray him less as a caricature and more as potential leader of the free world.”

SNL’s Seth Meyers Proclaims Bills Should Be Longer Than ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Should bills contain more pages than a bestselling novel? According to SNL actor/writer Seth Meyers, the answer is “yes.”

During the White House Correspondents Dinner, Meyers doled out good humor and roastings to President Barack Obamabillionaire entrepreneur Donald Trump, media mogul Arianna Huffington, and many others. The video embedded above features Meyers’ full performance.

Meyers also called out our lawmakers by saying, “We’re not impressed when you complained about how bills are too long to read. The healthcare bill is almost two thousand pages, good. A bill that insures every person in America should be longer than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” What do you think?

Barack Obama on Dr. Seuss & Jonathan Franzen on David Foster Wallace

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from Barack Obama‘s “best rendition ever of Green Eggs and Ham” (video embedded above) to a Huffington Post lawsuit.

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9. Barack Obama Reads Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss
10. Woot Sarcastically Sells $99 3G Nook

Books About What Happens If the Government Shuts Down

Congress and the Barack Obama administration failed to reach a compromise during an important meeting last night, and the possibility of government shutdown looms. Don’t rely on the #ifgovernmentshutsdown hashtag for information–we’ve assembled a small library of books about federal government shutdown.

The best free resource is Effects of Potential Government Shutdown, a report from a 1995 Congressional hearing about shutdowns now stored at the Internet Archive.

If you are looking for a narrative account of the 1995 and 1996 federal government shutdown, check out The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry That Defined a Generation by Steven M. Gillon. You can sample the shutdown passages at Google Books.

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