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Thursday, March 29, 2007 10:18 am
…and the midlist authors wept.
Posted by: Keir Graff

Now, I love Andre Agassi as much as anyone — well, not as much as Steffi Graf, though probably more than Brooke Shields – but this has got to stop. From the New York Post (“Agassi Book Aces $5M,” by Keith J. Kelly):

Although terms were not disclosed, the $5 million that insiders say Agassi scored catapults him into an exclusive memoir club that includes former President Clinton, who got an estimated $12 million, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, who scored more than $8.5 million from Penguin Press, Hillary Clinton, who landed $8 million from Simon & Schuster, and Jack Welch, who got $7.1 million from TimeWarner Books (now a part of Hachette Books).

My favorite part?

President Clinton, who also published with Knopf, was said to have urged Agassi to go with his imprint.

I sure would have loved to hear that phone call. Perhaps Harry Shearer could re-create it for his wonderful Le Show. I love his “reenactments” of phone calls between G.W. and H.W. Bush.


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