he publishing industry is betting on Barack Obama like no president in decades. Since Election Day alone, more than half a dozen book deals have been signed to exploit Obamania.
Two dozen books in the works range from the serious to the silly. There are retrospective ticktocks on how Obama won office and prospective looks at his first year in the White House. There is a biography on Obama's father, a compilation of essays on Obama and race, and others tilting toward the celebratory with photographic montages. There are children's books, of course, and a style guide on Michelle Obama, framing the down-to-earth future first lady as a latter-day Jackie Onassis.