Da Hillary Code How Many Books Can One Flamboyant Junior Senator Sell? Regneryâs Superstar, Van Natta-Gerth Million-Dollar SubjectâDozen More Set in 2006-7; Carl Bernstein Still a Mystery By: Ben Smith Date: 3/13/2006 Page: 1 Back in the autumn of 2002, as pundits were portraying Hillary Clinton as a surprisingly moderate U.S. Senator, Carl Limbacher got an unexpected call. It was from an editor at a division of Crown Publishing. He wanted a book about Hillary Clinton from Mr. Limbacher, an Oyster Bay printer who moonlights as a writer for the fiercely right-wing Web site NewsMax. âCrown came to meâit wasnât my idea to write a book,â Mr. Limbacher said. The following spring, Hillaryâs Scheme appeared under Random Houseâowned Crown Publishingâs new conservative imprint, Crown Forum. Addressed to conservatives, the bookâs central argument was: Be very afraid. Its sourcing was drawn from a rich field of existing anti-Hillary literature, stretching back to the early 1990âs, and whose Boswell is Clinton apostate Dick Morris. Like the growing stack of biographies and polemics on Mrs. Clinton, the bookâs driving force was the fact that attacks on New Yorkâs junior Senator sellâregardless of reviews. âThereâs an endless fascination with Hillary,â said Jed Donahue, Mr. Limbacherâs editor at Crown Forum. Mr. Donahue was lured to New Yorkâs corporate publishing world from the conservative Regnery Publishing. âShe is someone who people on the right take very seriously.â Mrs. Clinton is the subject of about 30 volumes already. About a dozen more will be written, researched or set in type between now and the fall of 2007âwhen the 2008 Presidential race will be in full swing. This yearâs crop is slender and unabashedly conservative: Crown Forum has two more, John Podhoretzâs Can She Be Stopped: Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next President of the United States Unless â¦ (due out in May), and conservative media critic Brent Bozellâs Whitewash (out this fall) on the mediaâs coverage of Mrs. Clinton. A book by David Horowitz and Richard Poe, The Shadow Party: How Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and the Sixties Left Took Over the Democratic Party, is set for release in August by the Christian publishing house Thomas Nelson. And Dick Morrisâfresh off Regan Booksâ release of Condi vs. Hillary (Mr. Morris likes Condi; Mr. Podhoretzâs Hillary-killer is Rudy Giuliani)âhas contributed his name and a short introduction to âIâve Always Been a Yankees Fanâ: Hillary Clinton in Her Own Words, which World Ahead Publishing, a California company, will publish next month. The quote book, like many of the more recent volumes, builds on the growing body of Hillary lit: Many of its quotes are questionably sourced lines from, among others, Ed Kleinâs widely criticized The Truth About Hillary. For relatively solid grounding, this universe has critical but reality-based tomes like Dick Morrisâ earlier book, Behind the Oval Office; Gail Sheehyâs psychobiography, Hillaryâs Choice; and Peggy Noonanâs best-selling essay, The Case Against Hillary. At the other end are the questionably researched attacks, like David Brockâs The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, since disowned by its author but still frequently footnoted, and Mr. Kleinâs, with its prurient speculation about Mrs. Clintonâs sexuality. Itâs a universe in which Vince Fosterâs death remains an open question, and Mrs. Clintonâs true, liberal core is taken for granted. It has its own stars, like Mr. Limbacher (whose NewsMax is its newspaper of record), and even its own Joe Klein. Across the cover of âIâve Always Been a Yankees Fanâ is the following blurb: âA great collectionâthis could be Hillaryâs Unfit for Command. â Joe Klein.â Joe Klein? âJoe Klein is the FrontPage Magazine contributor and author of Global Deception,â says World Ahead Publishing marketing director Judy Abarbanel. Oh, that Joe Klein! On the horizon is a second, thicker batch of Hillary books: New York Times investigative reporter Don Van Natta and his former colleague Jeff Gerthâchronicler of the Clintonsâ Arkansas business dealingsâ have a biography due out from Little, Brown in the fall of 2007, for which they reportedly received a $1 million advance. Washington society biographer Sally Bedell Smith, author of the Kennedy chronicle Grace and Power, is writing a book about Bill and Hillary as President and First Ladyâ âa portrait of them in those years,â she told The Observer. âThe point of it is to deepen peopleâs understandingâand thatâs important to me, and readers have responded to my books,â Ms. Bedell Smith said. âI think there is a market for it.â Finally, thereâs the mysterious Carl Bernstein biography of Mrs. Clinton, which the Watergate icon reportedly sold to Knopf in 1999 and which, according to the biography posted on his speaking agencyâs Web site, was supposed to appear in 2003. It is still unreleased, and a spokesman for Knopf, Nicholas Latimer, tersely declined to offer a timetable for publication. âThe book has not been delivered,â he said. Mr. Bernstein didnât respond to a message left with him at Vanity Fair, where he is a contributing editor. Another nonpartisan volume is due out this fall from Washington Post political editor John Harris, author of a recent biography of Bill Clinton, and the chief of ABC Newsâ political operation, Mark Halperin. Published by Random House, its subject is American politics and the two dominant political families, the Bushes and the Clintons, according to a person familiar with the book.