George W. Bush‘s memoirs, Decision Points, will not be released until after the midterm elections, according to the Financial Times. The book, which is about 10 key decisions the former president took while in office, will be released a week afterward, on November 9.
According to FT, “friends of Mr. Bush” say Bush resisted the publisher’s insistence on a September release — a month which traditionally has better sales. But the publisher, Crown Publishing, contradicts that:
“The decision to publish in November was made by the president’s publisher . . . From a media perspective the period leading up to the midterm elections is a very noisy and crowded space and we believe the president’s book will be better served by being launched following that time.”
Since leaving office, Bush has stayed out of the public eye and, as FT notes, declined to criticize President Barack Obama, “in sharp contrast to Dick Cheney, his former vice-president.”
Bush will give his first television interview since his presidency on November 8 with NBC’s Matt Lauer. It is scheduled for the 8pmET prime time slot. He will also be on NBC live with Lauer on November 10, to discuss his book. He’ll definitely be back in the spotlight — but only after the midterms.
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