Bob Woodward's Obama book out soon

2010-09-07 20:16

New York - Less than three weeks before publication, Bob Woodward's new book finally has a cover design and a title: Obama's Wars.

And the focus will not be on the economy - the top issue of the autumn elections - but on foreign policy.

Woodward's latest investigative work will run to 441 pages ( had been listing the count at 464 pages) and show Obama "making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism," Simon & Schuster announced on Tuesday.

Woodward finished three weeks ago, according to an official with knowledge of the book. The official, who said the book includes little on the Iraq conflict, was not authorised to discuss Obama's Wars and asked not to be identified.

Now an associate editor at The Washington Post, Woodward teamed in the 1970s with fellow Post reporter Carl Bernstein on the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal.

He has written 16 books and remains known for his incredible access to White House information, making him irresistible reading in Washington and beyond.

Woodward's four best sellers on the George W Bush administration also concentrated on foreign policy and the war on terrorism. As with his previous works, Woodward will draw upon internal memos, documents and interviews with key decision makers, including Obama.

But the promotion for Obama's Wars differs; instead of starting with an appearance on CBS TV's 60 Minutes, as he has done often, Woodward will speak first with ABC anchor Diane Sawyer, the network said on Tuesday.

Their conversation will air first on World News on September 27, the book's date of sale, and portions will show on Nightline and Good Morning America.

The book's cover features a large profile shot of Obama, eyes narrowed in concentration. Toward the bottom, smaller images appear of such top foreign policy players as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defence Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.