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KURT’S QUICK TURN: Kurt Andersen's late March cover story in the magazine, “The End of Excess: Is This Crisis Good for America?” has already been turned into a book, to be published by Random House. The book, “Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America,” is now available for preorder, with a July release date. Tom Brokaw is contributing a foreword.
Let it not be said the publishing industry is not nimble: Andersen told WWD late last week he was approached after the story appeared with the suggestion of expanding on it, and that he had put the finishing touches on the manuscript “10 minutes ago.” He said the book would be slightly more forward-looking and hopeful than the story, which compared Americans to “substance abusers coming off a long bender, hitting bottom (we can only hope) and taking the messes we’ve made as a sobering wake-up call.”
Random House describes “Reset” as “a small book with hopes as big as the country it explains, scolds and celebrates” that is “bound to be on night tables and Kindles, in backpacks and purses.” It’s 96 pages — a departure for Andersen: both of his most recent books, the novels “Turn of the Century” and “Heyday,” were more than 600 pages each and published eight years apart. — I.C.