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. OBAMA Supporter all the way

    I will definitely be buying a book!

    August 11, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Ok, so when't John McCain's book coming out? The one where he explains how the Maverick is gonna shake up Washington?

    One candidate's putting out books showing he's a visionary, the other one's bantering with Paris Hilton. The choice is so obvious.

    August 11, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Deidre, Birmingham

    Phil, Ben, Teddy & Vig


    OK with you now?!

    August 11, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Pam

    Hmmm...Obama's telling us what his agenda is. Maybe McCain should give that a try.

    August 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. informed florida voter

    Arrogant, omnipotent, narcisstic. Obama. He doesn't want to be the US leader, he wants to be the WORLD leader. Will the millions of brain washed drones wake up in time to save our country's future?

    August 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Felice Judkins

    to Teddy from California:

    Have you even looked at his Official website? Obviously not or you would know what his policies are and what he plans to do to move this country forward. You sound silly and uninformed. Obama has shown 'old" Washington that the Politics of Old will not move this country back into it's rightful place of being a respected super power. Bush and cronies have done a great job trashing our image across the world. Teddy, stop hiding behind your silly arguments and get informed.

    For those of you who are voting for McCain, he has shown a level of immaturity that I don't want in my president. He never discusses his plans for America. He is seething with anger and jealously with continued stupid and childish attack ads. i used to admire mcCain but he is a caricature of himself and it is sad. many of you who will vote against Obama is not because of his policies but it is the Elephant in the room: He is Black. Face it many of you just cannot bring yourselves to vote for a black man into the highest office of the land. How sad, I thought we as a nation had grown so much further but closet racist and bigots will never vote for barack or any other Balck man.

    August 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. PulSamsara

    Barack Obama for President of the UNITED States of America.

    August 11, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. raheen PA

    Yes we can Obama08

    August 11, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. Carole

    Can't wait to see these stacked up on the discount table at Barnes & Noble.

    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Republican for Obama

    To all the ignorant haters on her claiming they won't buy his book to learn about his policies:

    You don't care about his policies because if you did you would have spent the last 12 months reading about them on his website. You don't care, you simply use it as an excuse to not vote for someone no matter what he says, does, or thinks. Everything he talks about proposing is on the website with information about how to pay for it and all, imagine that!

    ..and the comment about him needing to line his pockets, give me a break. McCain is worth hundreds of millions and still cashes his freakin Social Security check! Talk about greedy and without moral fiber.

    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. James

    Just a little something for all you mindless republicans, PUMAS, and Clinton supporter who can't let go.

    Since you clearly couldn't type the web address to his site to read what his positions and propositions are, here's a book.

    Just one more source for you to ignore and act like you don't know what his positions are or what he stands for. So you can all take the "empty suit" moniker and put the bumper sticker on your bedroom mirror.

    Just wishing something and saying it over and over doesn't make it true.

    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Sheila


    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Shannon

    McCain is tired, and so is his speeches. Nothing new from the last campaign, or this administration. He's been a part of Washington for 20+ years. We've seen it, heard it, and know it. He's jealous-pretty obvious.

    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. RRO

    He will probably spend most of his time in the White House writing a book " How a tricked them all".

    Obama has no experiance, no plans, and flip flops all over the place. His supporters follow him blindly and just to make things a little worse, the media follows him to. The media beat up Hillary and built up Barrack, now every time some negative news pops up about Obama, suddenly a story breaks about Hillary and the primary trying to make her look bad. They are setting it up to blame Hillary for Obama losing.

    If you don't support Obama your a racist or uneducated or not a true democrat. Here is a crazy idea, could it be that educated people stopped looked at Obama's credentials, looked at his complete lack of a solid plan and strategy and his complete lack of knowledge which has lead to his many flip flops on issues. How about the way he allows political expediancy to trump a moral stance all the time. He is backing away from his promises on Iraq, he is backing away from his promises on offshore drilling. Any time he runs in to trouble he reverses direction. He has no fight in him, and this is the guy you want to be President while we are engaged in two different wars. Sure Obama gives a nice speech, and looks good for the camera's but where is the substance.

    To often people want change for the sake of change, new because it is new. Well just because someone is younger does not mean they will be a better President. Just because we have never had an African American President does not mean Obama is the best person to be the first. For the highest job in the land experiance should be a factor.

    Obama has no voting record to be held to so he can claim to be anywhere. Given the way he flip flops and caves to political pressure, I have no doubt he would have voted in favour of the Iraq war because at the time Americans were demanding it.

    Obama reads like an old school standard politician. Making promises he can't keep, giving pretty speeches with no plans, he is getting almost as much money from lobbyists as McCain. He is surrounded by the Democratic elite that have been doing a horrible job in the House and senate.

    So let Obama write another book, that may be all he is remembered for down the road.

    Not Voting in November 08'

    August 11, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  15. Want a book to read?

    Then google Ron Paul and The Revolution.

    This is the book Americans should read.

    Do any of you CNN bloggers know what a gold standard is? Or hyperinflation? Or the federal reserve bank? Or fractional reserve banking?

    The concept of our fiat currency is so simple, yet angering, that you must find out for yourself. I cannot tell you because you'd never believe me...

    wonder if the all great and knowing Obama discusses this in his policies.

    August 11, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Slick

    everything you love is bogus. Wake up America. Stop poisoning yourself with fast food and read a book for once. I bet you're overweight.

    right again

    Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Kurt C.

    "This is the greatest country ever in the world! Now help me change it!"

    His favorite movie should be "Less than Zero".

    August 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Sherry, Atlanta

    FINALLY...A President whom can MULTI-TASK.

    President Obama, WHERE WERE YOU 8 YEARS AGO?

    AMERICA would not be comfronting ALL THE DIFFICULTY, THAT WE HAVE TODAY!

    OBAMA '08

    August 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Ed in OH

    Keeping with the times... a fresh voice...

    Haven't any of you sheep following the same old shepard learned anything in the last 7 1/2 years? Can you honestly tell me that we are in better shape now than when Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz took over? Ahem I meant Bush... You want more of the same?!?!?!? If you can honestly say that then yes indeed we are IN REAL TROUBLE...

    August 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. RRO

    Every time Obama talks about how he is going to spend the money currently being used for Iraq on social programs in the United States I wonder, isn't the US currently deficit spending like crazy. Iraq is a major reason for the deficit, so if you get out of Iraq wouldn't it make more sense to simply stip spending that money so you don't further cripple future generations. Wouldn't it be better to cut wasteful pork barrell spending in Washington.

    He is making promises with money that in reality doesn't exist. The money being spent on Iraq is money the country doesn't have. Obama will never ballance budgets this way.

    August 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  21. What if?

    ATTENTION: Vig August 11th, 2008 5:24 pm ET ( and others like you)
    At least it not from oil and gas shares owned by the now administration. It's not from sending your own company over to do contract work to receive the profits. Not from thousands losing their homes by foreclosures. Get a grip....this is what the repubs want you to think, you so concern about who makes money, at least Obama's dollar isn't going to cause you anything...unless you buy it.

    Obama 08

    August 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Kyle

    Barry H. Obama Fans usually can not read.

    August 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  23. MBFLA

    Can we please vote for this smart guy this time America? Go have your beer drinking experience with your buddies. I want an intelligent president this election rather than the guy who came in 5th from the bottom.

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. US Citizen

    He writes another book, just like a Hollywood celebrity! You will find this one on the shelf sandwiched in between books written by Tori Spelling and Valerie Bertinelli. Very Presidential!!! Shouldn't all of his opinions be freely available to the voters? Are we going to have debates where he will not answer questions and refer everyone to his book? I guess he has enough people who want to give him their money, so why not take advantage of it? I hope you donors will enjoy giving this guy your money this much after he gets elected.

    August 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. summer

    Can't wait.

    August 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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