This summer will see the clash of the memoir titans, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's still-untitled election-themed book going up against the upcoming autobiography from former Pentagon boss Robert Gates.
Industry rumors are that Clinton is expected to tweak her book to react to claims by Gates in his tell-all that she voted against the 2007 surge solely for political reasons and to woo liberals swooning over then-Sen. Obama.
Publisher Simon & Schuster has kept details of Clinton's book, her second memoir, under wraps but has recently put out some details. It will be about 320 pages and cost a whopping $40, tops among political books. Gates wrote 640 pages and priced his book, due out Monday, at $35.
Simon said the book will include: “Hillary Clinton’s candid reflections about the key moments during her time as Secretary of State, as well as her thoughts about how to navigate the challenges of the 21st Century.”
An industry source said that little new is expected to be revealed by Clinton other than her vision for a presidential campaign. “A giant airbrushed snoozefest,” the source called it.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.