That Was Fast! Wylie Shopping Book by Roger Hodge

2010 02 That Was Fast! Wylie Shopping Book by Roger HodgeJust a week after being unceremoniously ousted as the editor of Harper’s Magazine, Roger Hodge has a book proposal out on submission from Jin Auh at the Wylie Agency. An auction is expected this week.

The book is tentatively titled The Mendacity of Hope, according to publishing industry sources. It will attack President Obama from the left, expanding on an essay of the same name that Mr. Hodge wrote for the February issue of Harper’s.

Mr. Hodge’s exit from the magazine—where he started as an intern in 1996, and became editor 10 years later—started a swirl of media attention when the news broke two weeks ago. Publisher John MacArthur initially claimed that Mr. Hodge had chosen to leave, but it soon emerged that Mr. MacArthur had fired him, apparently because of lagging newsstand sales and circulation. The New York Times reported that the news had come “in a five-minute conversation as Mr. Hodge was finishing his breakfast croissant.”

Hodge was well-liked, and the move surprised not just outsiders but Harper’s staff—last week, The Observer’s John Koblin obtained a photo of one anxious employee eavesdropping at Mr. MacArthur’s door. 

“The Mendacity of Hope,” which appeared in Mr. Hodge’s second-to-last issue as editor [corrected], takes on Obama for his failure to deliver a genuine change from Bush-era policies, and Obama’s supporters for their failure to demand better.

“Obama has set a trap for himself, but because he is such a clever politician, the spring is just as likely to fall on us instead,” Mr. Hodge wrote. “Such insidious governance demands serious sustained opposition, not respectful disagreement or fanciful historical apologies or mournful lamentations about the tragedy of his presidency. Principles can be sacrificed to hopes as well as to fears.”

Mr. Hodge reportedly wants to complete the book in time for the midterm elections.

He declined to comment, and Ms. Auh did not respond to an email.

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