ABC’s Jake Whitman Reports: A new book based on hours of tape-recorded conversations between then-President Clinton and historian Taylor Branch are reportedly being turned into a new book.
Simon & Schuster will publish "Wrestling History: The Bill Clinton Tapes" at the end of 2008, a source familiar with the project told The Associated Press.
"I’m not calling this a biography of Clinton or a history of the administration," Branch told The New York Times, which first reported the deal. "It is what it was like to live through it that way, sitting alone with him, talking about the presidency as he saw it, right in the moment."
The interviews took place in the White House not long after Clinton was first elected, in 1992, and continued throughout his two terms.
Simon & Schuster publisher David Rosenthal said the conversations covered a wide range of subjects, but noted the friendship between Branch and the former president.
"I think he will accurately depict what was said," Rosenthal told the Times. "But they’re old friends and I think they have an affectionate relationship, to say the least. So I think this is not so much in any way to discover any deep, nasty skeletons in Bill Clinton’s closet. Nor do I think it’s meant to polish the apple."