The buzz continues to grow around O: A Presidential Novel, the anonymously written speculative account of President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Everyone is speculating about the identity of the author, who according to publisher Simon and Schuster, “is someone who has been in the room with Barack Obama and knows his world intimately.” While everyone is guessing who that could be, publisher Jonathan Karp made a unique request of journalists on Tuesday. He sent out a message that said:

You may be asked to comment on whether or not you are the author. If so, it would be great if you refrained from commenting, in solidarity with the principle that a book should be judged on its content and not on the perceived ideology of its author.

Joe Klein, author of Primary Colors, did not comply with this request and has denied he is the author. The latest rumor, according to the New York Post, is that the author is Mark Salter, John McCain’s speechwriter during his 2008 presidential campaign. They say Salter’s “adjective-filled style is similar to the ‘O’ author’s.”

The book will be released on January 25, 2011.

If all these tantalizing details have piqued your interest, you can read an excerpt from O: A Presidential Novel here and watch the book trailer below.

Synopsis of O: A Presidential Novel by Anonymous:

The truth only fiction can tell.

This is a novel about aspiration and delusion, set during the presidential election of 2012 and written by an anonymous author who has spent years observing politics and the fraught relationship between public image and self-regard.

The novel includes revealing and insightful portraits of many prominent figures in the political world—some invented and some real.

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