Today in books: Bill Clinton reviewed the new Robert Caro book for The New York Times, the Fox News mole is shopping a book that Fox-bashers will adore, and the giant hedge fund that sponsors the Man Booker Prize is having a bad run of luck.
The release of The Passage of Power, the fourth book in Robert Caro's multi-volume history of Lyndon Johnson, is a seismic event for political junkies, historiographers present and future, and appreciators of literary biography. To mark the occasion, The New York Times Sunday Book Review assigned the review to special presidential guest critic Bill Clinton. As one would expect, he loved it. Clinton makes sure to praise Caro for various writerly things (like "sparkling details"), but it's more a consideration of Lyndon Johnson -- specifically, his willingness to take legislative big swings -- and the nature of the American presidency. Before Vietnam consumed him, Clinton writes, Johnson "knew what the presidency was for: to get to people — to members of Congress, often with tricks up his sleeve; to the American people, by wearing his heart on his sleeve." [The New York Times]
Fox News mole-in-exile Joe Muto has apparently been meeting with publishers this week to discuss a proposed book about his time with the network, tentatively titled An Atheist in a Foxhole. (Ugh.) Muto's agent touted the text's appeal to the "thriving cottage industry of people who love to hate Fox News.” [The New York Observer]