Tales from the Trail

Bush memoir coming with huge first printing

October 8, 2010

We’re one month and a day away from the launch of George W. Bush’s presidential memoir “Decision Points.”

The former president’s book, which goes on sale on Nov. 9, will  have a huge first printing of 1.5 million copies, Crown Publishers said in a statement on Thursday.bush_cover

Bush writes about crucial points in his life and presidency including his decision to run for the highest office in the country; 9/11; the decisions to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq; his response to Hurricane Katrina; and his relationship with his father, former President George H.W. Bush, Crown said.

But there’s so much more than just a  book  (and book tour) coming next month. The publishers are simultaneously rolling out the whole kit and caboodle — across multiple platforms — with the hardcover version, an e-book edition, a Deluxe e-book edition and an audiobook (from RandomHouse), read by the author himself.

Somewhat gaffe-prone during his presidency, Bush has had plenty of time to practice joining Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter in another exclusive club — presidents who’ve recorded audiobooks. And maybe another group — presidents who’ve won Grammy Awards.

The current president and the two former presidents (Democrats) have all won “Best Spoken Word” Grammys for their audiobooks on tape.

No Republican politician has won the category since Everett Dirksen, an Illinois congressman and senator, in 1968.

Could 2011 be the year for another Republican to win the Grammy?

Photo credit: REUTERS/Handout (The cover of Bush’s memoir)

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