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Presidential Hopefuls Publishing Books

Other potential candidates with books in the works:

_John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator and 2004 Democratic running mate, said he is editing a collection of essays on prescriptions for alleviating poverty, due out in 2007. His coffee table meditation, "Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives," was published in November. About 9,000 copies have sold.

Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, is the author of a well-received book released in September, "Saving Graces," about her battle with breast cancer. About 68,000 copies have sold.

_McCain, the presumptive GOP front-runner, and his longtime administrative assistant, Mark Salter, are working on their fifth nonfiction book, timed for a late August 2007 release. The book will describe historically significant decisions.

_Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic nominee, and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, are co-writing a book on environmental issues that's due out this spring.

Kerry was laying the groundwork for a 2008 bid until just before the midterm election in November, when an off-the-cuff joke went awry. He has said he is still considering his options.

_Former Vice President Al Gore, the 2000 Democratic nominee, has a book due out from Penguin Press in May 2007, "The Assault on Reason," which contains a less-than-flattering assessment of the Bush administration. About 236,000 copies of Gore's global-warming tome, "An Inconvenient Truth," have been sold, and his documentary by the same name is in the running for an Oscar nomination.

Gore has said he has no plans to run in 2008, but he has been careful not to rule out the possibility.

_Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who is eyeing a bid for the Democratic nomination, has a book, "American Son" (Palgrave Macmillan) slated for a fall 2007 released. Clark, a former NATO commander, is also the author of two books on modern warfare.

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream," released in October, was on The New York Times best-seller list for several weeks, with more than 339,000 copies sold. His book signings have drawn long lines in some parts of the country.

Obama won a Grammy last February for his readings of the autobiographical "Dreams From My Father," which was published in 1995 but became a best-seller as Obama became a rising political star.

Ever since former Minnesota Gov. Harold E. Stassen wrote "Where I Stand" in 1948, books by candidates outlining their views have been a staple of presidential campaigns, said Ashbel Green, a senior editor at publisher Alfred A. Knopf.

"It's become a political mantra for candidates," Green said. "They think they may use the book for fundraising or they think they'll get a lot of book reviews, which can transmit their ideas."

Obama has "struck a nerve" with his books, but few candidates are a commercial success as authors, Green said.

Associated Press Writer Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.

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