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  • Cheney memoir to tell all on Bush

    08/13/2009 10:28:26 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 1,146+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 14, 2009 | Brad Norington
    THE first signs have emerged that former US vice-president Dick Cheney lost faith in his former boss George W.Bush for going "soft" after refusing to listen to his advice. Mr Cheney, who has always steadfastly supported the former US president, has reportedly told colleagues and political experts of his disappointment as Mr Bush's resolve weakened in response to souring public opinion during his second term. According to The Washington Post, the man often called the most influential vice-president in US history has made known his feelings during discussions about a memoir he is writing that publishers have been told is...
  • Report: Cheney Thought Bush Showed Moral Weakness

    08/13/2009 5:32:32 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 16 replies · 1,032+ views
    Former Vice President Thinks Bush Ignored Advice, Made Concessions To Public Sentiment Former Vice President Dick Cheney believes his old boss, President George W. Bush, gradually turned away from his advice during their second term in the White House, showing a surprising independence as he started taking more flexible positions on a range of issues, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Cheney, often described as the most influential vice president in U.S. history, has been discussing his years in office in informal talks with authors, diplomats, policy experts and past colleagues, the Post said, as he works on a memoir due...
  • In memoir, spy reveals little more than regret (Anthony Blunt)

    It began with youthful idealism and ended in bitter regret. Anthony Blunt - English gentleman, art adviser to Queen Elizabeth II, and Soviet spy - felt the decision to give British secrets to the Kremlin was “the biggest mistake of my life.’’ Blunt wrote of his remorse in a 30,000-word memoir completed shortly before his death in 1983 and released today by the British Library. It was given to the library in 1984 on condition it not be made public for 25 years. Blunt was the infamous “fourth man’’ in a ring of upper-class Britons who spied for the Soviet...
  • John Rizzo: The most influential career lawyer in CIA history

    06/29/2009 6:38:17 PM PDT · by decimon · 2 replies · 426+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 29, 2009 | Greg Miller
    In his memoir, former CIA Director George J. Tenet described the agency's first course of action in a crisis. "Despite what Hollywood might have you believe," Tenet wrote, "you don't call in the tough guys; you call in the lawyers." For more than three decades, that almost always has meant making a call to John A. Rizzo. The acting general counsel at the CIA, Rizzo has guided generations of agency leaders on the legal contours of clandestine operations and the often-ensuing investigations. At CIA headquarters, he is known for his eye-watering wardrobe -- with ties, cuff links and suspenders colored...
  • AP Exclusive: Cheney writes memoir

    06/23/2009 5:03:49 PM PDT · by KJC1 · 13 replies · 694+ views
    AP/Breitbart ^ | 06-23-09 | Hillel Italie
    NEW YORK (AP) - Former Vice President Dick Cheney has signed a book deal with a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster and said he hopes readers of all ideologies will be interested in his story. The memoir by Cheney, widely considered the most powerful vice president in history, is expected to be published in Spring 2011, a few months after President George W. Bush's book comes out. Cheney's work is currently untitled and will cover his long career in government, from chief of staff under President Ford to vice president under Bush, from Vietnam and Watergate to the first...
  • Paramour of Kennedy Is Writing a Book (JFK's intern)

    05/23/2009 10:33:58 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 58 replies · 3,267+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/22/2009 | MOTOKO RICH
    Mimi Beardsley Alford, a retired New York church administrator who had an affair with John F. Kennedy while she was an intern in the White House, is breaking a silence of more than 40 years to tell her story in a memoir to be published by Random House. Ms. Alford’s secret was initially divulged six years ago when a biography of Kennedy was published with portions from a 1964 oral history that described the president’s 18-month sexual affair with a young intern named Mimi Beardsley. The Daily News tracked her down and discovered that she was Marion Fahnestock, who was...
  • Sarah Palin Picks Christian Journalist to Collaborate on Memoir

    05/22/2009 3:00:23 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 149 replies · 3,598+ views
    USNews ^ | 5/22/09 | Dan Gilgoff
    Sarah Palin has picked a Christian author and magazine journalist to collaborate with her on her forthcoming memoir for HarperCollins. The journalist, Lynn Vincent, has been at World—the nation's best-read Christian newsmagazine—for the last 10 years as a writer and editor. This isn't a surprising choice for Palin, but it's certainly one worth noting. It's more evidence that she's honing a distinctly Christian public image since coming off the campaign trail last year. This seems to be a change from the days when she was a state-level figure, almost entirely unknown outside of Alaska.
  • Netanyahu to present Obama with Twain's Holy Land memoir

    05/18/2009 6:57:48 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies · 861+ views
    Haaretz ^ | May 19, 2009 | Maya Sela
    > In his travel memoir, Twain describes a 1867 trip to the Land of Israel, which he finds a backward and desolate place devoid of culture or law. "Renowned Jerusalem itself, the stateliest name in history, has lost all its ancient grandeur, and is become a pauper village," he states, calling it a country where prosperity had died out, a place of lost splendor and beauty where joy has turned to sorrow, and where silence and death prevail in its holy places.
  • Elizabeth Edwards' Book Debut Disappoints

    05/14/2009 12:06:51 PM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies · 864+ views
    Even a juicy political affair and an appearance on Oprah didn't help Elizabeth Edwards sell a lot of books. To say that her new memoir, Reflections, underperformed would be an understatement. The book trailed behind Michael J. Fox's memoir and Mark Levin's Liberty, only opening with a scan of 18,853 units. To put that into perspective: Fox's book scanned 36,321 units this past week, with a total of 138,128 since it's release. The battle of the books is on!
  • Palins Get Ready to Spill

    04/06/2009 12:15:18 PM PDT · by CARepublicans · 69 replies · 2,790+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | April 06, 2009 | Kim Eisler
    Palins Get Ready to Spill By Kim Eisler Published Monday, April 06, 2009 Alaska’s Republican governor, Sarah Palin, has retained DC Democratic power player Robert Barnett to sell her presumed memoir of the 2008 campaign. The expected seven-figure book advance will make it easier for Palin to pay for travel to the “lower 48” for political events and then a presidential run. The book could put Palin into a 2012 race with President Obama, who used the same lawyer and the same strategy—a big advance and a book—in part to back his early campaign efforts. During the 2008 Democratic campaign,...
  • Discussion of "Dreams from My Father"

    04/04/2009 9:56:09 AM PDT · by Remole · 27 replies · 889+ views
    1994 | Barack Obama
    I have begun to read B. Obama's memoirs, "Dreams from My Father," and I am wondering what other FReepers think about it. Please post your thoughts and direct us to any published reviews.
  • Bush Has Begun Work On Memoirs

    03/24/2009 12:40:18 PM PDT · by steve-b · 19 replies · 1,238+ views
    CBS News ^ | 3/19/09 | Brent Lang
    Former President George W. Bush will continue a long presidential tradition of putting pen to page in the hopes of burnishing his legacy. From Ulysses S. Grant (whose "Personal Memoirs" is considered the gold standard of presidential autobiographies) to Bill Clinton (whose "My Life" sold over 2 million copies), the memoir has become an essential part of reputation-building for ex-presidents. Mr. Bush has signed a deal to write his own contribution to the genre, tentatively titled "Decision Points," with the Crown Publishing Group, Politico reports. It is not known if Mr. Bush's payday will match or surpass the $15 million...
  • 2 books in the works with pilot Sullenberger

    03/20/2009 5:19:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 369+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/20/09 | AP
    NEW YORK – William Morrow says it plans to publish the first of two books with hero pilot Chesley B. Sullenberger III late this year. Topics will include his boyhood, his military service and, of course, his "Miracle on the Hudson" experiences. William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, said Friday the subject and timing of the second book is not yet known. Sullenberger safely ditched his US Airways plane in New York's Hudson River on Jan. 15 after its engines were disabled by geese. All 155 people aboard survived.
  • Bush to write book on important decisions of presidency

    03/19/2009 12:20:42 AM PDT · by americanophile · 104 replies · 4,398+ views
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2009 | CNN
    (CNN) -- Former President George W. Bush is writing a book focusing on defining decisions he's made in his personal and political life, a publishing house announced Thursday. The book, tentatively titled "Decision Points," is to be published in fall 2010, according to the Crown Publishing Group. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The book will focus on about 12 important decisions made by the former president. Topics will include his decision to run for president, his choice of his closest advisers, the September 11 terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, his response to Hurricane Katrina, the forming of his...
  • Release date scheduled for Ted Kennedy's memoir

    03/11/2009 4:27:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 653+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 11, 2009 | HILLEL ITALIE
    NEW YORK (AP) - The editor of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's memoir says the book will come out this fall. Jonathan Karp of the Twelve imprint at the Hachette Book Group USA, announced the release Wednesday during the annual meeting of the Association of American Publishers. Twelve spokesman Cary Goldstein said the book, titled "True Compass," would be listed in the publisher's fall catalog, out next month.
  • US hostages' chronicle critical of Betancourt( Former FARC Prisoners inColombia(

    03/01/2009 8:00:13 AM PST · by Candor7 · 4 replies · 776+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | 1st March 2009 | FRANK BAJAK
    BOGOTA -- Three Americans held captive by Colombia's leftist rebels for 5 1/2 years published a memoir Thursday full of wrenching survival stories and unkind words about Ingrid Betancourt, the most famous hostage who shared their jungle prisons. The chronicle of the U.S. military contractors' 1,967 days as rebel captives describes their pain and perseverance, mind-numbing boredom in jungle cages, forced marches in chains, close calls under fire and ultimately, a miraculous rescue. ( Read Rest at Link)
  • Evidence Mounts: Ayers Co-Wrote Obama's Dreams

    01/18/2009 6:31:42 PM PST · by STARWISE · 62 replies · 2,796+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 10-17-08 | Jack Cashill
    Evidence continues to mount that Barack Obama had substantial help from Bill Ayers in the creation of his 1995 book, Dreams From My Father, a book that Time Magazine has called "the best-written memoir ever produced by an American politician." The evidence falls into five general categories, here summarized. * The discovery of new matching nautical metaphors from both Ayers and Obama that almost assuredly came from the same source: Ayers, a former merchant seaman. * The discovery of a Bill Ayers' essay on memoir writing, whose postmodern themes and phrases are echoed throughout Dreams. * A newly discovered book...
  • 'Joe' pens memoir on his life, his dream

    12/20/2008 2:50:23 PM PST · by redk · 24 replies · 860+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | December 20, 2008 | TOM TROY
    Like the two men whose campaigns for president he influenced with his unexpected step upon the national political stage, Joe the Plumber has published a book about his life.
  • Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis wrote shocking, autobiographical pornography

    08/23/2008 9:37:38 AM PDT · by Rocco DiPippo · 32 replies · 1,820+ views
    The Telegraph UK ^ | 22 Aug 2008 | Toby Harnden
    . . .It has also been established that Mr Davis, who divorced in 1970, was the author of a hard-core pornographic autobiography published in San Diego in 1968 by Greenleaf Classics under the pseudonym Bob Greene. . . . In the introduction to Sex Rebel, Davis explains that although he has “changed names and identities…all incidents I have described have been taken from actual experiences”. He stated that “under certain circumstances I am bisexual” and that he was “ a voyeur and an exhibitionist” who was “occasionally mildly interested in sado-masochism," adding: “I have often wished I had two penises...
  • Bill Ayers = Barry Obama?

    09/20/2008 12:00:18 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 11 replies · 171+ views
    WND ^ | 9/20/08 | Jack Cashill
    Bill Ayers' motive for penning memoir Jack Cshill Editor's note: This is Part 1 of a three-part analysis of Barack Obama's "Dreams From My Father." "I picture the street coming alive, awakening from the fury of winter, stirred from the chilly spring night by cold glimmers of sunlight angling through the city." Bill Ayers, "Fugitive Days." "Night now fell in midafternoon, especially when the snowstorms rolled in, boundless prairie storms that set the sky close to the ground, the city lights reflected against the clouds." Barack Obama, "Dreams From My Father." Prior to 1990, when Barack Obama contracted to write...