The Bridge–David Remnick’s biography of Barack Obama–will be released on April 6th, Knopf announced today.
“Obama’s election as President was based less on policy prescriptions than on a sense of his character and biography,” Knopf Doubleday chairman Sonny Mehta said in a statement. “THE BRIDGE reveals not only his character, but also his trials, motivations, and perspectives in a way that a memoir, even a remarkable one, cannot.”
The release also described Remnick’s reporting:
Remnick conducted hundreds of on-the-record interviews to write the fullest narrative possible of a sitting President. He relies on conversations with family, friends, teachers, professors, mentors, donors, and rivals of Barack Obama–as well as with the President himself. His sources include not only members of Obama’s team, but also more complicated figures in his story such as the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Bobby Rush, Jesse Jackson, and Bill Ayers. THE BRIDGE also includes correspondence by Obama as well as letters written by the most important influence in his life, his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, all published here for the first time.
“Where does he find the time?” John Koblin asked when Remnick’s book deal was first reported.
This remains mysterious. Michael Calderone at Politico hears that The Bridge is around 600 pages long–quite an extracurricular activity for the New Yorker editor!