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Friday, December 22, 2017

Madam President is caught up in the Culture Wars

It began with my old publisher sending me a link. My book Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson was featured in an Op Ed in the New York Times by Sarah Vowell along with three other books. Then it vanished. Poof. Gone. The article was still there but my book Madam President had vanished. There had been a hasty rewrite and another book added and Madam President was nowhere to be seen. I managed to cobble together the old article from pieces on the web just to make sure I wasn't going crazy. Now my book is about the First Woman President Edith Wilson who ruled when her husband Woodrow Wilson had a massive stroke in 1919. It is an empowering look at what a woman was able to do under very difficult circumstances. Apparently being recommended in the New York Times was too much for somebody. I wonder who?

Lets see the First Woman President brings up all sorts of possiblities. What kind of pushback came along that after 12 hours that this article was suddenly changed? Now my old publisher Regnery cut their ties with the New York Times over differences about how the NY Times Bestseller List is compiled. This happened last year. Did someone suddenly discover my title was from Regnery and out of spite tossed out my book? Regnery is a conservative publisher but I am not and neither is my book. In fact Regnery went against the grain by publishing Madam President right before the election last year. It is a book that looks favorably upon our First Woman President.

If this is the case then someone shot themselves in the foot. The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson could only help in these very misogynistic times  by showing a woman can run the country.  Maybe Sarah Vowell decided a last minute rewrite was in order and my book ended up on the chopping block. Still, after 12 hours of the article being published that seems odd. No I have to go with someone pushed back and decided that the NY Times recommending a book about our First Woman President was not a good thing.

Again. I wonder who?

Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson

Books by William Hazelgrove