Bernstein Writes the Book on Hillary

Carl Bernstein's next book: A biography of Hillary Clinton.

The deal is with Alfred A. Knopf, according to a press release issued this morning.

The title, A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, seems a rather hopeful one given her current presidential bid.

The Watergate hero's book will be released on June 19, with a 350,000 copy first printing, with Jon Segal editing.

The press release asserted that the book was the result of eight years of Mr. Bernstein's reporting, involving conversations with more than 200 people who hold a unique understanding of the Democratic Senator from New York.

From the release:

<blockquote>A Woman In Charge reveals Senator Clinton’s complex relationship with her disciplinarian father, examines the early development of her deep religious feelings, and looks at her time at Wellesley and Yale Law School, where her political ideals took shape. It also looks at her courtship with Bill Clinton and the amazing dynamic of their marriage, during the most trying of circumstances and times; it shows the extent to which she was instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of her husband's governorship and presidency; and it untangles her relationship to Whitewater, Troopergate, and Travelgate. Finally, it details her successful run for Senate and remarkable rise to a dominant role in the Democratic Party, and it sheds light on her own political brilliance and blind spots.</blockquote>

And Mr. Mehta's quote:

<blockquote>Hillary Clinton is one of the most compelling figures in the world today.</blockquote>

The company is explicitly pegging the book to the presidential campaign, unsurprisingly. Mr. Mehta goes on to say that Ms. Clinton “helped define one presidency and may well step into another.”