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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 www.hardchoicesbook.com; 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:

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Edward Snowden journalist gets a book deal

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The reporter central to revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance efforts has a book deal.

The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald signed with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan, for a book to be published in March. Metropolitan announced Thursday that the book would include additional material on government operations and its “extraordinary cooperation” with private companies.

Greenwald is a journalist and commentator for the Guardian whose reports have been based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwald has written three books in which he argues the government trampled on personal rights in the name of national security.

Another reporter who has broken news based on documents from Snowden, Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, has a book deal with an imprint of Penguin Group.

Obama adviser David Axelrod plans memoir for 2014

One of President Barack Obama’s top advisers and strategists during his first term has a book deal.

David Axelrod is working on a memoir scheduled for fall 2014. At least two other former Obama administration officials, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Timothy Geithner, also have books planned next year.

Penguin Press announced Axelrod’s book on Tuesday. According to Penguin, Axelrod will write about his long friendship with Obama and offer his views on elections and government.

Axelrod helped run Obama’s successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and worked as an adviser to the president during his first term. The 58-year-old former political writer and ex-columnist for the Chicago Tribune recently joined NBC News as a senior political analyst.

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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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Republicans and Democrats read differently, according to a Goodreads infographic -- PHOTO

We’ll be subjected to election polling results nonstop until November, but here’s a different kind of stat: Goodreads has released an infographic analyzing the literary tastes of its users based on political party. Not all of the results are particularly shocking — Mitt Romney supporters are much more likely to read the best-selling Heaven Is For Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back, which recounts Colton Burpo’s trip to meet God while undergoing an emergency appendectomy, and Republicans, as always, tend to love Ayn Rand. Interestingly, Obama supporters are harsher critics of books (and debate performances?) and are three times more likely to have read novels by Jonathan Franzen. Check out the full results below: READ FULL STORY

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals how ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about his secret son in 'Total Recall'

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In the trailer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s upcoming tell-all — which EW debuted exclusively last week — the Governator promised that his fans would learn the story we don’t know about him in Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. That tease brought to mind the scandal that was splashed all over the headlines and led to the end of his marriage last year.

Schwarzenegger comes through on that promise by delivering a detailed account (Via ABC News) of how his now ex-wife Maria Shriver confronted him about the secret lovechild he had with their married housekeeper Mildred Baena. On Jan. 4, 2011, the day after Schwarzenegger’s term as governor of California came to an end, Shriver arranged a couples counseling session in which the therapist asked him if he had fathered a child with Baena. According to the book, he immediately admitted to the infidelity and begged Shriver for forgiveness, calling her “the perfect wife.” READ FULL STORY

Navy SEAL writes firsthand account of Bin Laden raid

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A U.S. Navy SEAL who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has written an anonymous first-hand, blow-by-blow account of the operation to be released on Sept. 11.

No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden is described by its author, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, as an effort “to set the record straight about one of the most important missions in US military history.”  Penguin, the book’s publisher, added that the work provides a “blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death.”

The project had been top secret within Penguin — word had not even reached Washington before yesterday’s announcement. The US government was said to be surprised by news of the book’s release and admitted to not having had the opportunity to review the book for any potential security breaches.

Should it be deemed that there is classified information in the book, Owen could face criminal charges. READ FULL STORY

Groups lobby HarperCollins to remove 'Berenstain Bears' books from Chik-fil-A restaurants

How’s this for a book title: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Fast Food Chicken.

Social change organizations CREDO Action, SumofUs.org, and Faithful America have gathered 80,000 signatures to urge publisher HarperCollins to take Berenstain Bears books out of Chik-fil-A restaurants after Dan Cathy, the CEO of the fast-food chain made statements opposing gay marriage. Following Cathy’s statement, the Jim Henson Company pulled its Muppets toys from Chik-fil-A’s kids meals — the petitioners are hoping HarperCollins will follow suit. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert to release a children's book about a pole

Stephen Colbert previewed his children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) during his hilarious Colbert Report interview with Maurice Sendak last month. The wonderfully blunt Sendak, author of the kids’ classic Where the Wild Things Are, called Colbert’s pseudo attempt at writing for young people “terribly ordinary” but also added, “The sad thing is, I like it.”

Earlier today, Grand Central Publishing officially announced the May 8 release of I Am a Pole, which follows a flag pole on his search for his life’s purpose. Is there hidden symbolism there? Probably not, as it’s meant to be Colbert’s send-up of a children’s book hastily written by a famous person. In a statement, Colbert said, “I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.”

In October, Grand Central will also be releasing Colbert’s next book for adults, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.

Colbert returned to his Comedy Central series this week after a short hiatus to take care of his ailing mother.

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