Isikoff inks Clinton book deal

Journo has scoop on scandal's players

NEW YORK — Monica may not have her book deal yet, but make way for Mike. Crown Publishers has finally confirmed that Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff will write a book for the house about his investigation into the Clinton sex scandal.

It has been well known in the publishing industry that Crown editorial director Steve Ross had met with Isikoff, with a rumored mid-six-figure book deal in the works (Daily Variety, Aug. 27).

The book will be published sometime in 1999. Isikoff was repped in the deal by his lawyer, Gail Ross, of Lichtman, Trister, Singer & Ross.

The book promises to include never-before-told stories about all players in the scandal, including Lewinsky, Paula Jones, George Stephanopoulos (whose own memoir has now been pushed from a fall to spring release), Bob Bennett, Kenneth Starr, Kathleen Willey, Linda Tripp and her “advisor,” literary agent Lucianne Goldberg.

Goldberg, contacted by Daily Variety, insists she won’t be doing a book on the scandal herself: “I’ve lived it; I don’t want to write about it.” Instead, she said her son Jonah, who has already penned a piece about the case for the New Yorker, is shopping a book proposal: “My Mother Brought Down a President and All I Got Is This Lousy T-Shirt.” “I’ll feed him all my material,” she said.

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