Friday, July 20, 2007

Political books making news

There's some publishing news that has nothing to do with Harry Potter...

Nancy Pelosi is writing a memoir for Doubleday that will be released next year. The book is still untitled, and the deal will need to be approved by the House Ethics Committee* before the speaker can sign it. House members are allowed to be paid royalties for book deals, but not to collect an advance. (*That committee must have a major back log of work given the majority party's ethical issues.)

Meanwhile, Rowan Scarborough's new book Sabotage asserts that the monitoring of Internet cafes in Iraq lead to the successful killing of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. I wonder to what extent this will influence the privacy vs. security debate since it highlights both the risks and rewards of these kinds of programs.

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