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Hillary fuels new books

Conservatives have penned a lot of new books aiming to slow Senator Clinton's path to the White House.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 16:58 IST

For someone who insists she has no political ambition beyond her re-election campaign this year, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has certainly attracted the attention of a lot of conservative authors offering new books aiming to slow her path to the White House.

Clinton has been the focus of some 40 tomes already -- mostly conservative, with titles like American Evita and The Hillary Trap. The latest batch is being marketed with an eye to the presidential election in 2008.

Publishers' interest in Clinton is part political, part economic: Several books about the New York Democrat have become best sellers, and her own memoir, Living History, has sold over three million copies since its release in 2003.

However, the assumption that she will run for president has invigorated a market that seems already saturated with Clinton titles.

"There's a market interest in her, and the fact that she's positioning herself to run for the presidency really fuels that," said Eric Jackson, president of the conservative World Ahead Publishing Inc.

World Ahead just released a biting collection of Clinton quotes - the authenticity of some vehemently disputed - titled I've Always Been a Yankees Fan: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words. The company also is publishing a children's Christmas book that features the senator as a Grinch.

 
Laura Ingraham's The Hillary Trap

It is too soon to say if any of the new titles will reach beyond the long-established audience of Clinton critics, but analysts say they offer fresh material to conservative media outlets and others eager to derail a potential presidential candidacy.