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Aug 22nd, 2006, 05:41 PM
Mailer and Obama back new Katrina book

Mon Aug 21, 4:41 PM ET

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has contributed a foreword and Norman Mailer a blurb to "It Takes a Nation," a first-person history of Hurricane Katrina compiled by the liberal activist organization MoveOn.org.

Published by Earth Aware Editions, based in San Rafael, Calif., "It Takes a Nation" includes letters, photographs and conversations featuring 29 MoveOn "host families" and the displaced hurricane victims who stayed with them.

A first printing of 20,000 will be released Aug. 29, Katrina's one-year anniversary. Profits from the $24.95 book will be donated to the New Orleans division of ACORN (The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now).

"America is a profoundly divided nation and the two halves have dangerously little in common," writes Mailer, author of "The Naked and the Dead," "The Armies of the Night" and many other books.

"(T)he letters in `It Takes a Nation' are evidence of the overpowering truth that despite every stone-cold vice, vicissitude, and greedy-grab, every distortion of our national ideals, there remains a heart in America that still believes in compassion as the first of the virtues."