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Carl Bernstein Working on Book about Congress

cb_jacketphoto.jpgOne of the most famous investigative reporters in the world had troubles shopping his most recent book. Despite having co-written All the President’s Men and breaking the Watergate scandal, Carl Bernstein initially couldn’t find takers for his next book about Congress.

In a wowOwow column by the great gossip journalist Liz Smith, journalist Bernstein (pictured) gave a glimpse into his next book–an investigation into the legislative branch of the federal government.

Here’s more from wowOwow.com: “Carl said he was working now on a book about the vagaries, the achievements and the, yes, crimes of the Congress of the United States. He says, ‘It’s quite a story and here’s the funniest thing about it. When I first shopped the idea around to editors and publishers, I couldn’t get anybody even to nibble. But now that the Senate and the House of Representatives have made such a spectacle of not governing in the United States, this book idea is hot, hot, hot!’”

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Hillary Books: What’s the Rush?

For those keeping score, last month Knopf announced that it was publishing Carl Bernstein‘s 640-page book A WOMAN IN CHARGE: THE LIFE OF HILLARY CLINTON, originally planned for the fall, on June 19, surprising Little, Brown, which was scheduled to publish its own Hillary book by Jeff Nerth and Don Van Natta Jr., HER WAY: THE HOPES AND AMBITIONS OF HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, on Aug. 28. Then, this month, Little, Brown said it had also decided to move its publication date to June 19, making the rivalry abundantly clear.

Now the release date wars have really heated up, reports the New York Times’ Motoko Rich. Bernstein’s book will now publish on June 5, with Nerth and Van Natta’s to follow only three days later. Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said the push-up correlates to the Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire on June 3 which “presented a significant coverage event for our book.” Little, Brown publisher Michael Pietsch explained HER WAY would be excerpted in The New York Times Magazine on June 3, which prompted the move of its on-sale date to June 8. “It’s not Belmont, mind you,” Bogaards said, “but I like the fact that our horse is already saddled up and in the paddock, ready to run, shall we say.” Thankfully, Pietsch did not engage in any horse metaphors, and the books can’t be moved up any further lest booksellers’ headaches worsen..