What President Trump Has Shown Us about Choosing a Subject for Political Biography

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To explore the reason why some biographies by or about politicians are more successful than others, and to help publishers consider the range of factors that may impact on their commissioning decisions, we sought to establish a range of likely influencing factors and to combine them in a formula. This is not a magic prediction tool, but rather a range of considerations that need to be worked through for various publishing propositions before decisions are made. As an exercise, and a starting point for wider discussions, it may benefit a group of individuals preparing for an editorial meeting at which commissioning is to be considered.

  • Clinton H. , 2003. Living History (New York: Simon & Schuster)

  • Clinton H. , 2014. Hard Choices (New York: Simon & Schuster)

  • Goodrich J. , 2019. ‘How Trump Came to Dominate the Political Book Market’, CGTN, 13 February 2019

  • Lawrence D. H. , 1960. Lady Chatterley’s Lover (London: Penguin)

  • Mayer J. , 2016. ‘Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All’, New Yorker, 25 July

  • Nuzzi O. and Collins B. , 2016. ‘Donald Trump Used Campaign Donations to Buy $55,000 of His Own Book’, Daily Beast, 24 August

  • Obama B. , 1995. Dreams from My Father (New York: Random House)

  • Obama B. , 2006. The Audacity of Hope (New York: Random House)

  • Trump D. J. , 2016. Crippled America: How to make America great again (New York: Simon & Schuster)

  • Trump D. J. , and Schwartz A. , 1987. The Art of the Deal (New York: Random House)

  • Wright P. and Greengrass P. , 1988. Spycatcher (London: Bantam Doubleday)

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