The number of writers presently trampling through New York publishing houses and the West Wing, peddling dramatic accounts of Obama’s rise to power and his exercise of it in the Oval Office, appears to be greater than during previous presidencies
There may be no better credential for membership in the Washington establishment — or at least the journalistic equivalent of it — than to be one of the 10 journalists said to be writing books about President Obama and receiving special access to the White House to do it.
The list of authors, first published in Politico and much discussed across the blogosphere, includes such bold-face names as David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker magazine; Bob Woodward, the famed Washington Post reporter and chronicler of presidential administrations; Jonathan Alter of Newsweek magazine; Jodi Kantor of the New York Times, and Chuck Todd, NBC News White House correspondent.
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The phenomenon of White House correspondents, the elite of the Washington press corps and members of New York literary society penning book-length treatments of the president they cover — in real-time — is hardly unique to the Obama era.
Long before there was Mark Halperin’s and John Heilemann’s “Game Change,” the latest incarnation of the best-selling “insider” campaign chronicle, there was Theodore H. White’s “The Making of the President, 1960.”
And almost a decade before Woodward’s sensational “The Final Days,” his 1976 book with Carl Bernstein, the columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak produced what may be the granddaddy of all “insider” White House books, “Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power,” published in April 1968, when LBJ was still in office. The duo followed that up with 1971’s “Nixon in the White House: The Frustration of Power,” published before the end of President Nixon’s first term.
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