That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.
Politico’s Mike Allen reports that former President George W. Bush has landed a book deal with Crown to publish a memoir that will “cover everything from how he found faith to how he quit drinking to how he chose Karl Rove and Dick Cheney for their jobs.” Allen reports that Bush has already written 30,000 words of the book, expected to be published in fall, 2010, with the title, “Decision Points.”
Sources put the advance at $7 million.
“My goal is to bring the reader inside the Oval Office for the most consequential moments of my personal and political life,” Bush said through his publisher. “I look forward to painting a vivid picture of the information I had, the principles I followed, and the decisions I made. I am spending time on the book every day, and I am thrilled to be working with the team at Crown.”
There had been doubts about how marketable Bush’s memoirs would be, given his unpopularity when he left office — we will see — but he said in December that he was planning to write his tome.
President Obama, meanwhile, made a deal just before he took office for a children’s abridged version of his “Dreams from My Father.” The deal was also made with Crown and includes a $500,000 advance.
Beck Bites: Glenn Beck talks — candidly — with the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, including a recent crying spat that drew some ridicule in late night.
“No, I’m not slipping out of control. I’m in control of myself. I don’t think there’s a problem with people showing emotion. I don’t care what people think, I don’t care if you make fun of me, I don’t care if you disagree, I honestly don’t care in the end if I turn out to be wrong, because actually I hope I’m wrong. There’s no way for me to win if I’m right on some of this stuff.”
Dreyfuss Speaks: The man who played Dick Cheney in Oliver Stone’s “W” thinks the former vice president should be in jail.