Book Buzz: Bedell Smith On The Clintons; DeFrank On Ford


Sally Bedell Smith's For Love Of Politics: Bill and Hillary Clinton: The White House Years. First, note the Bill and Hillary construction instead of the other way 'round. The bok features plenty of probing, if familiar, insights into their marriage and shared visions. There's a good section on the triangular power struggles between Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and POTUS. Someone in the Clinton universe obtained a pre-publication copy of the book and doesn't seem to be all that concerned; a spokesman declined to comment. The book goes on sale next Tuesday; Bedell Smith's PR tour starts late this week.

And then Tom DeFrank, the Washington bureau chief of the New York Daily News, is days away from publishing his long-awaited tome, "Write it When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations With Gerald R. Ford." Attention network bookers: DeFrank has these conversations on audiotape.