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Bhutto Book On Shelves by Feb 2008

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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After Bhutto, the deluge. First Parade announced it was moving up a cover story on the assassinated Pakistani leader. Now publishing giant HarperCollins has announced they are fast-tracking a Bhutto-penned memoir/opinion tome tentatively titled Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West, which, the New York Post reports, will be on shelves by February 2008. Looks like it'll be a champagne-free New Year's toast for you lowly HC editors!

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The book deal was inked in October, shortly after she returned from exile, for an estimated first-time author fee of $75,000, far below the standard rate for a world leader. The manuscript was co-written by Mark Seigel, Bhutto's longtime friend and U.S. adviser, who is now known to have delivered an e-mail message from Bhutto to Wolf Blitzer in which she points to Pakistan's President Musharraf as responsible, ultimately, for her death.

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In October, HarperCollins Executive Editor Tim Duggan told the New York Post: "Pakistan is an increasingly volatile place, and Bhutto's book is an eye-opening look at the mistakes we've made in the region and what we can do to correct them—as well as what the consequences will be if we don't."



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