Gary Trudeau was one of the few people McGinniss gave an early advance copy of the book to, as anyone who regularly reads Doonesbury might have guessed. Trudeau is upset that at least three major papers, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Newsday have stopped running Doonesbury because it is featuring excerpts and a fictitious story line based upon some of the book's content.
McGinniss told me last week that advanced sales of the book were approaching a quarter million copies. He and his publisher have been quite shrewd in getting press in the run-up to release, with The National Enquirer running a story today on NBA star Glen Rice, back when he was a junior in college, playing in the University of Alaska Anchorage's Great Alaska Shootout tournament, and the rogue was a fledgeling reporter at Anchorage's preeminent TV station, KTUU. According to the book (at least, according to Gary Trudeau):
"She was a gorgeous woman. Super nice. I was blown away by her. Afterward, she was a big crush that I had. I talked about her for a long time. Only good things."— Glen Rice on Sarah Palin, from The Rogue, by Joe McGinnissAnyway, I'll be hosting the firedoglake Book Salon on Sunday, September 25th, with Joe there to answer questions. Come join us - ask him anything.
image - Philip Munger (Edward Teller) and Joe McGinniss