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Book News for Tuesday, August 19, 2008

  • Deeper Throat: Bob Woodward's new book has a title and a publication date.

    The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 will be published Sept. 8 by Simon & Schuster with an announced first printing of 900,000 copies.

    [...] "There has not been such an authoritative and intimate account of presidential decision making since the Nixon tapes and the Pentagon Papers," Woodward's longtime editor, Alice Mayhew, said Tuesday in a statement. "This is the declassification of what went on in secret, behind the scenes."

    According to Simon & Schuster, Woodward's book "takes readers deep inside the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the intelligence agencies and the U.S. military headquarters in Iraq.

    Apparently the publisher's embargo will be strictly enforced. As I was typing a little privileged inside information for my beloved blog readers (HINT: President. Halliburton. Saddam. Women's underwear.), a message appeared on my monitor informing me that I had ten seconds to delete the sentence or face the consequences.

    I chuckled a little... until I spotted the red laser beam slowly creeping along my desk, toward the back of my head. At which point I pounded the delete key until the little dot disappeared. I breathed a sigh of relief when I heard the black helicopter hovering outside the office window ascend back into the sky.

    So you'll just have to wait 'til September 8th to find out the secret history. I don't know which scares me more, the Bush administration or Simon & Schuster.

  • The Book Trailer of (Awesome) Lies: There are book trailers, and then there are BOOK TRAILERS.

    Book trailers are often silly, super-low-budget affairs in which it seems some bad actors who must be related to the author are reading lines taped just off-camera — and not very good ones, either.

    BOOK TRAILERS are chilling, masterful things like this one for Brad Meltzer's new thriller The Book of Lies, which includes Christopher Hitchens, Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, and, yes indeed, Lost co-executive producer Damon Lindeloff!

    Forget the "world's first murder weapon"! The real mystery is, how did Meltzer (and/or his publisher) get these guys to appear in the trailer??

    And does this trailer make you want to buy the book — or wait for the movie?

  • What If No One Watches the Watchmen? Might the heavily hyped film version of the graphic novel Watchmen, due in theaters next March, end up stuck in legal wrangling?

    A judge has denied a Warner Bros. motion to dismiss 20th Century Fox's lawsuit over Warners' right to make a film based on the graphic novel "Watchmen."

    Ruling is potentially a huge victory for Fox, which could wind up as a profit participant in the film, and could cost Warners millions considering the film's box office prospects. However, Fox's legal team says it isn't looking for monetary compensation and instead wants to prevent the big-budget film from being released altogether.

    If Warner Bros. never gets to release the film, all we'll have is this trailer. Which is pretty much all we need, right?

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

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3 Responses to "Book News for Tuesday, August 19, 2008"

    DeniseB August 20th, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Brockman, You are not willing to be sent to Guantanamo for your artistic license?

    Brockman (Post Author) August 20th, 2008 at 9:49 am

    It's the bullets I fear, DeniseB, more than the waterboarding.

    DeniseB August 21st, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Man made of steel afraid of bullets?
    Dodge 'em like your the prez fumbling through a press conference!
    Guarenteed safety when eqipped with these skills
    Of course, oil connections are better than kevlar.

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