Knopf has acquired a biography of President Obama by New Yorker editor David Remnick. TheBridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama is slated for April 6 and,according to the Random House imprint, will be "a sweeping and deeply reportedlook at both the life of the 44th President and the complex saga of race in Americathat led to his historic election."
Knopf has an announced first printing of 200,000 copies, and will releasesimultaneous e-book and audiobook editions along with the April hardcover.
Remnick,who has one Pulitzer to his name (for his book about the collapse of the SovietUnion, Lenin's Tomb, which isalso published by Random House), delivers what the publisher claims isthe "fullest narrative possible of a sitting President," compiled from hundredsof interviews with Obama, as well as his staffers, family, confidantes,and political rivals. The title will alsofeature never-before-published letters Obama wrote to his mother, Stanley AnnDunham.
Knopfpublisher Sonny Mehta said The Bridge"reveals not only [Obama's] character, but also his trials, motivations, andperspectives in a way that a memoir, even a remarkable one, cannot."