August 11th, 2008
01:41 PM ET
10 years ago

New Obama book highlights U.S. agenda

Crown Publishers will release Obama's new book in September.

Crown Publishers will release Obama's new book in September.

(CNN)—Campaign advertisements, campaign stops, how about campaign books?

Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, will publish Barack Obama’s third book September 9 aimed at highlighting the Illinois senator’s plans to re-vamp Washington politics

“Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise,” will include a foreword written by the presumptive Democratic nominee where he will detail his policy stances and the importance of this election. Members of Obama’s campaign staff also penned chapters detailing the Illinois senators proposals on healthcare, energy, and national security, according to the Associated Press

The book, which will be released in an audio and e-book version on September 8, will also feature a compilation of seven speeches Obama has given throughout the course of his campaign including his address in Berlin and the declaration of his candidacy for president.

Obama’s two previous books, “Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams from My Father” - also published by Crown Publishers - both rose to the top of the bestseller lists with a combined four million-plus copies currently in print.

“We are proud to have published two bestselling books by Barack Obama and are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to work with his campaign on such an important and inspiring book at this critical moment in our country,” said Crown President Jenny Frost in a statement

The terms of the book were agreed upon by Crown President Jenny Frost and Obama’s literary representative Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Barnett , who has represented both Obama and Clinton in their book deals, helped to find a middle ground between the two campaign staffs after Clinton dropped out of the presidential race.

soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Dan, NJ

    I can't wait to see all the people that called him an "empty suit" with "no substance" start attacking him for some other manufactured reason.

    I think its great to see a candidate trying to make the election focus on policy instead of politics. Man-up McCain and follow the leader.

    August 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Jimmy P - Chicago

    Obama is a disillusioned, liberal fool, who must be stopped. Radical, socialist, and God knows what else? Mr. Obama, please go back to your Chicago version of San Fran. – Hyde Park and teach your radical nonsense amongst the fools who care.

    August 11, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Minnesota Voter for Hillary

    Yes, we know, he can do everything and anything. Blowing Obama's horn at every corner just makes him more and more unlikable. Show some humility.

    August 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Obama is a fish in a small pool. He is a light weight and I suspect a lot of his followers are white trash,

    That is okay they have the right to choose even though it is the wrong choice.

    I prefer John McCain as a man who will keep our values and protect our nation. Obama will raise your taxes and McCain won't. McCain will allow drilling for much needed oil, while Obama won't.

    So obama is like the green corn of August. Nice to look at, big and tall but not ready for prime time.

    August 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. AJ

    innovative. the people that always say they don't know obama's positions on anything can shove it. they must not browse the internet, watch tv, or listen period. but the obama campaign keeps finding new ways to get the word out. good job!

    August 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Jim

    I bet it's a snoozer!

    August 11, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Teddy California

    Campain materials are supposed to be free. Do we voters have to pay money in order to know the policies a President Obama will propose?

    I will refuse to pay to know the policies. The proposals should be put on the internet for free access!!!!!

    August 11, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. mary


    August 11, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Ez

    Yes we can Go Obama McSame will continue his attack b/c it's hard to teach new trick to old Dog(Washington Dog).

    August 11, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. susie

    Hopefully, the book will describe the change cuz Obama isn't. Everyday there is a flip-flop. No one can say what change he made when he was instate government ( Illinois ). What were his accomplishments?

    August 11, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. ANGIE

    I cant wait to get my copy and i cant wait for obama to be president!!!

    August 11, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama's book will probably sell out before a lot of us make it to the bookstore due to a limited supply. I've got my name on the waiting list at the bookstore.

    August 11, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Kevin

    Gimme a break! Why are all the Obamabots so immature about this whole thing? All the silly name calling. They are mindless zombies.

    August 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. David Goldman for OBAMA




    August 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Vig

    ANOTHER BOOK? ANOTHER WAY TO MAKE MONEY? This guy is just getting around to outlining his "proposals"???? Obama is one big marketing machine – that's it. American policy for sale. American Presidency for sale. Nominee for sale. Now his statements are being described as "nuanced" – that's another way of saying full of air. Talk about exploitation. Americans should feel fleeced, alright. Put him on a stage and keep him there – he does not belong in the White House. Hillary Clinton's name NEEDS to be placed in nomination and she NEEDS to be nominated so we can get on with the business of the people, not Obama's business ventures.

    August 11, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    After the "Audacity of Dope", this will be "Change you cannot believe in". Just go away now, you are slipping in the polls and people can see what a liar you are. We know you will do anythiing to grab the white house so you can install your terrorist buddies there and turn our country over to the arabs and the commies.

    August 11, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. v.a.

    what's a telepropter?!?

    August 11, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Can't wait to read it.
    He did the forward–and his "brain trust" did all the chapters–based on his broad stroked vision and strategy talking points.

    I'll get the audio book so I can read it while standing in the unemployment line–or riding my bicycle to the grocery store.

    August 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Michael

    Responding to Wolfson's statement that edward's affair would have forced him out of the race and Hillary would be the nominee is the truth. That's why the media did not expose him until now.

    August 11, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Ex-Republican for Obama

    Impressive to say the least.

    The way he does things is certainly a breath of fresh air. I think he is rewriting what a politician is. He's already made good on his promise for change. His delivery and out of box campaigning is certainly a step in right direction. Now of Johnny would put his big boy pants on and stop dragging this campaign down we might actually see the candidates this time around.

    Obama '08

    August 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. v.a.

    gosh obama you're so arrogant for being able to complete sentences and form an entire book!!!!

    what were you thinking?!?!? what a freakin' celebrity...

    hahaha. ppl had an extra dose of haterade today good gosh!!

    August 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Uh Oh, More Notoriety for Obama

    Wow, I'm still on the first book. He writes fast, doesn't he? No matter, I will get that one as well.

    Be careful Barack, you can't gain more publicity with another book. You will make it harder for the GOP to define you. Oh, I forgot, that's a good thing.

    August 11, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Be Careful

    We will
    We WILL


    August 11, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. ron

    the problem with sen. obama's proposals is that they are all based on suppositions. ending the war in Iraq does not necessarily mean huge saving it all depend on what else is going on in the world like Russia invading Georgia. no windfall profits to tax ect. better to stabilize the spending before adding to the deficit. oh yes re; all those donations, guess who's now in possession of your personal information and guess who's going to be getting calls and junk mail, extra money for the campaign right

    August 11, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Linda K.

    If you're smart enough and have a large enough vocabulary, you can learn everything you need to know about Obama from his speeches, his website, and his books. He uses big words, and I know we're not used to that after eight years of Bushspeak, but buy a dictionary and learn something.

    I am not an Obamabot. I'm a highly-educated non-conformist who chose to vote for Obama because I read his policies on education, health care, and foreign relations, among others. He provides a balanced view and will bring judgment and wisdom to the White House.

    August 11, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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