Lewinsky's book is just the beginning

February 24, 1999|By NEWSDAY

Stacks of books came out after the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan flap, after the O.J. Simpson trial and after Princess Diana crashed in the Parisian tunnel. Each time a major news story reaches closure, someone always tries to make cents of it all.

"Monica's Story" will be only the first big book to appear in the aftermath of President Clinton's impeachment trial.

George Stephanopoulos' "All Too Human," a memoir of his years as one of Clinton's closest advisers, will be excerpted in the issue of Newsweek available March 8 before going on sale three days later. Little, Brown and Co. is paying around $3 million for the book, which it had pulled from last fall's schedule so that Stephanopoulos could add material on Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's newly released report to Congress.

Although sources say the memoir contains a news-making revelation or two, one who has read the manuscript reports its strength lies in a richly detailed view of a White House fraught with crises almost from the moment Clinton took office.

"Uncovering Clinton," Newsweek reporter Michael Isikoff's account of how he got the Lewinsky story (and the Kathleen Willey story), will be shipped to stores by Crown Publishers on March 17. First printing is a healthy 90,000 copies.

Due in mid-March is "The Impeachment and Trial of President Clinton," the official transcripts of the House Judiciary Committee hearings, the House deliberations and the Senate trial. Times Books sees this latest piece of the public record as a historical document that should interest enough readers and scholars to support a printing of 50,000 copies or so.

Coming in April from Verso Books is Christopher Hitchens' "No One Left to Lie To," subtitled "The Triangulation of William Jefferson Clinton."

For July, Simon & Schuster has scheduled Washington Post sleuth Bob Woodward's examination of the Clinton years. "It's got a lot of new material in it," Woodward said recently on PBS.

Other scandal watchers with book deals include Jeffrey Toobin (Random House); the formidable team of Time correspondent Michael Weisskopf and the Post's Susan Schmidt (HarperCollins), and a duo known for spotting conservatives' thumbprints on the case against Clinton. They are Joe Conason, columnist with the New York Observer, and Gene Lyons, columnist with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, signed by St. Martin's to write "The Hunting of the President."

The book any publisher would love to have is one by Hillary Rodham Clinton. If she decides to write a memoir after leaving the White House -- one sure way to help pay off those legal bills -- Simon & Schuster probably has the the inside track as the publisher of the first lady's "It Takes a Village" and "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy," a collection of children's letters to the Clinton family's pets.

Pub Date: 2/24/99

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