Thursday, March 19, 2009

For Chapter 7, I'll Need, Oh, 12 Years

Robert Stein, a distinguished figure in U.S. publishing circles, notes the correlation between the methodology of President Bush's upcoming memoir, Decision Points, which will study 12 epochal moments in his Presidency, and Richard Nixon's first book, Six Crises. Predicting that W. will use the format to evade unpleasant subjects such as the aftermath of his decision to invade Iraq, Stein writes:
Nixon's "Six Crises" similarly stopped short of Watergate by only covering events until 1960.
Six Crises stopped short of Watergate because it was published in 1962. It also stopped short of Vietnam and the breakup of the Beatles. Watergate got a third of the space in RN's post-Presidential memoir.

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