New Book By John Kerry Insider-Paul Alexander-To Deliver An Up-Close and Personal Account About The Senator and His Presidential Campaign

Veteran Political Journalist and Biographer Paul Alexander has been granted

unprecedented access to Senator Kerry, his senior campaign team, members of

his inner circle, his wife, and other family members. The new book from

Riverhead Books will go on sale at the start of the Democratic Convention in

July 2004

Mar 01, 2004, 00:00 ET from Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

    NEW YORK, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Senator John Kerry, surging past fellow
 presidential hopefuls in recent weeks, has emerged as the current front-runner
 in the Democratic race for the White House.  Now, people are asking: What
 accounted for his strong, decisive showing in every political contest since
 Iowa and why was none of that evident in the pre-Iowa polls?  How did Kerry's
 campaign stage this surprise turnaround?  What do voters need to know about
 what goes on behind the scenes of Kerry's presidential campaign?  Biographer
 and journalist Paul Alexander knows plenty and in his new book he will share
 with America what he has discovered.  Granted unprecedented access to Kerry's
 family, his campaign team, advisors, and members of his inner circle,
 Alexander sheds new light on the man who would be president.
     Julie Grau, Vice President and Publisher of Riverhead Books, acquired
 world rights to the yet-to-be named book for Riverhead, a division of Penguin
 Group (USA).  The book will be embargoed before its national release on July
 27, during the Democratic National Convention.
     Ms. Grau said, "Paul and I felt there was a story to be told about how
 this campaign transformed itself in the months prior to Iowa, how it faced the
 post-Iowa contests, and how it is preparing for the run from July to November.
 This is a deeper, more significant story that is not coming through in the
 daily reports from the campaign trail.  The fact that Paul has covered Kerry's
 candidacy for more than two years, and his ability to deliver a timely,
 investigative, news-making book at a key point in the election calendar
 presented an irresistible publishing proposition.  There's no doubt in my mind
 this book will create a new understanding of how this candidate is galvanizing
 his party and supporters."
     Mr. Alexander commented, "Writing a book from the campaign trail presents
 a unique opportunity to tell an important national story with great immediacy.
 The John Kerry story is dramatic, as is the story of how his campaign came
 together.  This is a very different organization than the one I reported on in
 2002.  How decisions are being made now is a key indicator of how decisions
 will be made after the Democratic Convention and in the White House, should he
 defeat President Bush in November.  I can't imagine a story of greater
 national importance at this moment."
     Two years ago, Paul Alexander wrote a piece for Rolling Stone magazine
 that now seems prophetic: he named John Kerry as the candidate who would
 emerge as the Democratic front-runner in 2004, and, more than a year before
 Kerry announced his candidacy, identified the reasons why.  Since then, Mr.
 Alexander has been following the campaign-often from a privileged position on
 the inside.  This book will report what he saw, heard and witnessed about
 Senator Kerry and his campaign all along the way.
     About the Author:
     Paul Alexander is a former reporter for Time magazine and has written for
 Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, New York magazine, The
 Village Voice, and the Guardian.  Alexander is the author of Man of the
 People: The Life of John McCain (2002) as well as biographies of Sylvia Plath,
 J.D. Salinger and James Dean.  Until recently, he was the co-host of
 "Batchelor & Alexander," a nationally syndicated talk radio show on the ABC
 radio network.  Alexander has also directed a documentary on Kerry's Vietnam
 years, entitled "Brothers in Arms."  He lives in New York City.
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