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The New York Times says we helped Barack Obama get "Dreams from My Father" back into print.


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Joan Walsh
May 19, 2008 12:55AM (UTC)

The New York Times has an interesting piece on Sen. Barack Obama's impressive literary career. Apparently, we were part of it. According to Janny Scott:

"[I]n March 2004, Mr. Obama’s political and literary fortunes abruptly shifted. His victory in a tightly contested United States Senate primary in Illinois made him an overnight Democratic Party sensation. In New York City, Rachel Klayman, an editor at Crown Books, read a Salon.com article on Mr. Obama by the author Scott Turow, an Obama friend, titled 'The New Face of the Democratic Party — and America.' Ms. Klayman looked up Mr. Obama’s memoir on Amazon.com and found that the rights were controlled by Crown, which now had the Times Books list. She sent an e-mail message to her boss, suggesting that Crown reissue the book." Crown did, and then gave Obama a deal for "The Audacity of Hope."

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The Turow piece is here. It's still worth reading. Ironically, Hillary Clinton supporter Sidney Blumenthal commissioned the Turow piece.


Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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