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"A Woman in Charge," maybe

Posted by David Mehegan  April 23, 2007 03:12 PM

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Carl Bernstein's 640-page book about Hillary Clinton, "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton," will hit bookstores June 19, according to an announcement today by Alfred A. Knopf, part of the Random House empire. She's not in charge yet, of course, but perhaps the title is meant to suggest that she is a take-charge woman.

Bernstein, bookwise the less prolific half of the Woodward & Bernstein duo that helped bring down Richard Nixon, has been working on the book for eight years. It's described as a biography "that covers her life up through her decision to run for president," and will have a first printing of 350,000 copies.

Though the announcement says Bernstein interviewed more than 200 people, "including friends, colleagues, and adversaries" of the senator, and will tell us just about everything we want to know about her, it does not claim much if any access to the subject herself.

We're curious: Did he not ask to talk to her? Or did she decline? Waiting for an answer from Knopf on this. Either way, the positive point is that it's not an "authorized" biography.

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