S&S pays $100K for Liebermans’ book

Senator and wife to tell tales of campaign trail

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and his wife, Hadassah, have sold a book to Simon & Schuster for an advance in the neighborhood of $100,000.

As yet untitled and unwritten, it will be a memoir of the campaign trail. Told from the dual perspectives of the senator and his wife, who was thrust into the limelight during the campaign, it is likely to address the candidate’s selection, the debates, the concession, family matters and public service in general.

S&S, which publishes Hillary Rodham Clinton and several pols from both parties, bought world rights to the book and brought in Sarah Crichton, former publisher of Little, Brown, to serve as a collaborator. Crichton also is editing Madeleine Albright’s memoirs for Talk Miramax Books.

The senator, who with Hadassah is repped by lawyer Robert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, has published several books, most recently “In Praise of Public Life,” also out from S&S.

But as with a slew of recent Washington book deals, Lieberman’s deal with S&S — a unit of Viacom — raises questions about the propriety of book deals with entertainment congloms by pols who chair committees and sponsor legislation sensitive to that industry.

Book likely will be published in mid-2002.