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the headlines. My theory is that you can get into the
headlines with good books. We've never gone into those
competitions. The only time that we lost great money on a
public figure was on Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom I actually
worshipped. That was another story. He was the President
of our country, too!
Churchill worked out spectacularly of course, but he
was one in one million.
And he could write.
He was a fine writer. But all of these memoirs--they
usually sell for much more than they're worth. Furthermore,
the value is diluted by the fact that the highlights are
published first in The New York Times and in fifty other
newspapers as well as in Life or Look.
Have you ever had an editor come to you with a certain
such proposal and you said, “Well, look it, this just isn't
Very often. These things are put up for bidding, you
see; and some of these gullible publishers fall for wily
No, they're getting the best for their author.
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