NY Times announces Crown book deal

Aug 27, 2015


<header class="postHeader" rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: nyt-cheltenham, georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 16px;"> Biography of Jimmy Carter Is in the Works

Former President Jimmy Carter will be the subject of a biography by Kai Bird.Credit Erik S. Lesser/European Pressphoto Agency

Kai Bird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and political biographer, is at work on a new book about former President Jimmy Carter.

Crown Publishing Group said it had acquired the rights to a biography of Mr. Carter, 90, who announced earlier this month that he has metastatic melanoma.

A publication date hasn’t been set, though Crown said the biography has been in the works since earlier this year. Mr. Bird’s research, according to the publisher, will involve interviews with members of Mr. Carter’s administration as well as recently unclassified documents from his presidential library.

This will not be Mr. Bird’s first time writing about the former president. Twenty-five years ago, he wrote about Mr. Carter for The Nation, describing him as “the very model of an ex-president.” Since leaving the White House in 1981, Mr. Carter has remained in the public eye as an author and rallying voice of numerous political causes.

Mr. Bird’s most recent book, “The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames,” was a New York Times best seller. His 2005 biography, “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” written with Martin J. Sherwin, won a Pulitzer Prize.

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