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On the Books: Book about Reagan's rise stirs controversy


Chris Ashby, a lawyer representing Reagan’s Revolution author Craig Shirley, has cited 19 instances of duplicated wording and insufficient or incomplete attribution from Shirley’s text in Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, the new 856-page third volume in Perlstein’s history of politics in the 1960s and 1970s, The New York Times reports. According to the Times, Shirley’s lawyer has asked for a public apology and $25 million in damages, and has requested that revisions be made to digital editions and that all physical copies of the book be destroyed. Shirley said he has since found almost 50 instances of his work being used without credit.

Perlstein, however, told The New York Times that he cited Shirley’s book 125 times on his website, where he posted his source notes. “These are paraphrases,” Perlstein said. “I’m reverent toward my sources. History is a team sport, and references are how you support your teammates.”

Perlstein and his publisher published endnotes online instead of at the back of the book, because an in-print endnote section would have ballooned the book’s page count to more than 1,000, and because online endnotes can be more extensive than print ones. “My notion is that people will read this book with their iPhones open,” Perlstein said. Other publishers and academics remain apprehensive about publishing sources online, saying that the documentation can be lost, or that the URL may no longer work in the future. [The New York Times]

Patti Smith reviews Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami. “This is a book for both the new and experienced reader. It has a strange casualness, as if it unfolded as Murakami wrote it; at times, it seems like a prequel to a whole other narrative. The feel is uneven, the dialogue somewhat stilted, either by design or flawed in translation. Yet there are moments of epiphany gracefully expressed, especially in regard to how people affect one another.” [The New York Times]

Libraries are struggling with ebook lending, according to a report from the International Federation of Library Associations. Many publishers have inconsistent licensing practices, so libraries have trouble keeping many of them consistently available. Furthermore, they face competition from growing commercial ebook subscription services like Kindle Unlimited, Oyster, and Scribd. [Publishers Weekly]

The market for anti-Hillary Clinton books is booming, which might be a good sign for Clinton. [The Christian Science Monitor]

On the Books: Anti-Clinton book leaked to media under mysterious circumstances

The upcoming book Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine had a well-prepared rollout in advance of its July 22nd release, including a splashy interview on The O’Reilly Factor. But over the weekend, writes The Daily Beast, “a prolific but mysterious rogue distributor who somehow got a copy of Halper’s book and blasted out a series of mass-media emails containing PDFs—or portable document formats—of the entire 317-page, 12-chapter volume.” The book is by Daniel Halper, an editor of the conservative magazine The Weekly Standard. No one’s sure how the leak happened, and it’s uncertain if the blame should go to hardcore Clinton supporters or right-wing Clinton-haters. [The Daily Beast]

Those Dungeons & Dragons nerds you mocked in middle school are busy becoming the greatest writers of our age. Everyone from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire to Atlantic editor Scott Stossel credit the game for developing their storytelling skills. “It’s been a formative narrative media for all sorts of writers,” said Junot Díaz. [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Judge declares Sherlock Holmes officially in the public domain

The Seventh Circuit Court ruled that Sherlock Homes is now in the public domain, freeing up the 127-year-old-character to be used without the permission of Conan Doyle’s estate. Leslie Klinger, author, editor, and Sherlock Holmes enthusiast, filed the case against the Doyle estate while preparing the short story anthology In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, which collects tales by contemporary writers that riff on stories from the Holmes canon. Judge Richard Posner agreed that the copyright expiration meant that Klinger doesn’t need the permission of the Doyle estate to publish the book. This also means that everyone making Sherlock Holmes film and TV adaptations—BBC (Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman), Warner Bros. (Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law), and CBS (Elementary with Johnny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu)—will no longer have to get the permission of or pay royalties to the estate. No word yet on whether the estate wants to take the case to the Supreme Court. [The Hollywood Reporter] READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Juan Gabriel Vasquez becomes first South American writer to win IMPAC award

Juan Gabriel Vásquez won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for The Sound of Things Falling, making him the first South American writer to do so. The prize is one of the most prestigious and highest-paying ($135,000) in the world, and honors a novel written or translated into English. Judges culled The Sound of Things Falling from a longlist of 152 titles in 17 original languages. “I love that fact about this prize, that translated novels are considered on the same level as novels originally published in English, and secondly its international nature,” Vásquez said. “The prize this year has been awarded to a Colombian novelist and a Canadian translator who met in Spain while the translator was living in England, and the prize is awarded in Dublin, so it’s that great kind of cosmopolitan thing.” [The Guardian]

The New York Times interviewed Hillary Clinton for its “by the book” series to find out what she reads. Unsurprisingly, the former Secretary of State has really good taste — but it is surprising that she reads so much considering how busy she is. To begin, Clinton loves Alice Munro, Barbara Kingsolver, John le Carré, John Grisham, Hilary Mantel, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Alexander McCall Smith. Who has time to read Hillary Mantel books while being Secretary of State and running for president? Her answers are appropriately diplomatic — she seems to have read at least one thing that anyone can tassociate with. Right now, she’s in the middle of The Goldfinch, a Maya Angelou book, and a Harlan Coben novel. And, like every political candidate, the Bible “was and remains the biggest influence on [her] thinking.” Weirdly, Clinton also suggests that she doesn’t quite believe Shakespeare wrote everything attributed to him, an opinion shared by fellow liberal political icon John Paul Stevens. [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY

On the Books: Reviews are in for Hillary Clinton's new memoir


Reviews are pouring in for Hillary Clinton’s new memoir Hard Choices, and they’re all over the map. Robin Abcarian at the Los Angeles Times writes that the book “leaves no room for doubt about how she might conduct foreign policy (pragmatically), how she will defend herself against charges that she mishandled the attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya (robustly) and about how much she regrets giving President George W. Bush carte blanche to wage war against Iraq (deeply and eternally).” Michiko Kakutani over at the New York Times calls it “a subtle, finely calibrated work that provides a portrait of the former secretary of state and former first lady as a heavy-duty policy wonk” and compares it favorably to Clinton’s 2003 book, Living History. On the other hand, Isaac Chotiner at The New Republic refutes Kakutani, saying her review is filled with generalizations. He writes, “if Kakutani is going to make claims for the book’s merits, she must follow through on her generic praise, and offer some sense of what is valuable in the book, or at least some sense of what she enjoyed about it.” And at Slate, critic John Dickerson says it’s filled with “safe, methodical writing.” In keeping with tradition, Clinton doesn’t reveal whether she’s running for president in 2016. Okay, Hillary; whatever you say. READ FULL STORY

On The Books: BookExpo to feature Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler

The annual publishing convention BookExpo America began Wednesday at New York City’s Javits Convention Center. The four-day-long event will feature appearances from Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, and Amy Poehler, all of whom are promoting their forthcoming memoirs: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography (Oct. 14), Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl (Oct. 7), and Poehler’s Yes Please (Oct. 28); other events include previews and discussions of film adaptations. EW’s YA expert Sara Vilokmerson is moderating The Fault in Our Stars event with author John Green and director Josh Boone, and EW’s Anthony Breznican  is moderating the This Is Where I Leave You panel with author Jonathan Tropper and actors Tina Fey and Jason Bateman. In addition to these star-studded events, the first-ever BookCon, modeled on ComicCon, will take place on the final day of BookExpo – organizers expect as many as 10,000 readers to attend. We can expect that the ongoing battle between Amazon and Hachette books will be a topic of discussion during BookExpo. [USA Today] READ FULL STORY

Official title and jacket cover announced for Hillary Clinton's book: 'Hard Choices'

Chelsea Clinton isn’t the only famous family member making the news — early this morning, Simon & Schuster released the official title, jacket cover, and description for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book.

Hard Choices is an inside look at the challenges that Clinton faced during her tenure as secretary of state. Information about the book is also available at; the website will post updates on the book ahead of its publication date of June 10, 2014.

The full description from Simon & Schuster’s press release is below:


Hillary Clinton authoring book on Secretary of State tenure, coming 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will write a new book with Simon & Schuster, chronicling her time as Secretary of State and imparting her ideas on how the U.S. can face tough challenges ahead. The book will be released in 2014.

“Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary public service has given her a unique perspective on recent history and the challenges we face,” said Simon & Schuster president Jonathan Karp in a statement. “This will be the ultimate book for people who are interested in world affairs and America’s place in the world today.”

In the as-yet-untitled book, Clinton will recount her role in and reflect on key, recent events, such as the killing of Osama Bin Laden; the Arab Spring; North Korea; the overthrow of the Qaddafi regime in Libya; the transitions in Afghanistan and Iraq; the rise of new powers like China, Brazil, Turkey, and India; and a host of other global issues, like climate change, economics, technology, and women’s rights.

Clinton will also share personal anecdotes of her extensive work with world leaders, including with President Obama and the National Security team.

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Hillary Clinton plans post-State memoir: 'I don't know what I'll say in it yet'

Hillary Clinton may be stepping down as secretary of state, but she’s stepping up her writing.

In an online “townterview” held yesterday out of Washington, D.C., the former senator and first lady said that she “will” write a memoir, presumably after leaving the State Department this Friday.

“I don’t know what I’ll say in it yet,” Clinton said, but added that it would allow her the chance to “go into greater detail” about the last four years.

There’s plenty of possible material — which Clinton will be able to play up any way she wants. A lengthy exploration of interventionism vs. imperialism? A breakdown of the U.S.’s international image with regards to the evolving, increasingly electronic, global community? A whole chapter about her and Barack laughing on 60 Minutes? Oh, Hils.

No word yet if Simon & Schuster, which published Clinton’s previous two books (It Takes a Village and Living History), has any deal in place for the manuscript, which means at least two things: Clinton hasn’t done much manuscript making, and once she’s finished, it’ll be up for grabs! Get to bidding, world.

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