Magazine article Newsweek

Deadlines: Writing His Book on 'Clinton Time'

Magazine article Newsweek

Deadlines: Writing His Book on 'Clinton Time'

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Byline: Tamara Lipper

If all goes according to plan, Bill Clinton--not John Kerry or even Howard Dean--will be the Democrat in the headlines in the weeks before the Democratic convention this summer. That is, assuming he makes the new deadline for his long-anticipated autobiography to arrive in bookstores. Characteristically, the former president is running on "Clinton time": he's late. A former staffer confirms that the initial goal of May has slipped to "the June-July period." Another person involved in the book project admits there is no date for publication yet but insists the goal remains the very vague "mid-'04."

But even that may be optimistic, say Clinton insiders. They predict that if he misses the window between the end of the primaries and the political conventions, the book could be held until after the election year. With the clock ticking, Clinton is buckling down. Although he is still traveling (this week to the World Economic Forum in Davos), aides are "trying to keep him under house arrest," says one source. He even has "book time" built into his schedule as if it were a meeting or a speech.

But it's still going slowly. In addition to putting pen to yellow pad (he does not use a computer) and relying on the 85 audiotapes he recorded while in office, the former president tapes conversations with his former speechwriter Ted Widmer several times a month. A former aide familiar with the system explains that Clinton likes to "talk out ideas first," and Widmer is his sounding board. …

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