I heard Sen. McCain on the radio being interviewed about his new book, Hard Call:Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them.
Online I found this interview with the NY Times magazine:
Well, maybe you will strike it rich with your coming book, “Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them.” How did you have time to write a 450-page look at history?
Mark Salter, my co-writer, did it. What we usually do is use a tape recorder and we talk back and forth, and then 90 percent of the hard work is done by him.
Why bother to bring out a book if you’re not going to write it yourself? Well, we had an editor, Jonathan Karp, and it was his suggestion and idea.
But he didn’t mention this in the radio interview so I guess the publisher got to him and explained that he is not supposed to credit the ghost author or admit that he had just rented out his name to boost sales of a book that was only 10% his.
The book does sound interesting, though.