Mark Salter Revealed as Anonymous Author of ‘O: A Presidential Novel’


By Jason Boog Comment

Time Magazine reported that it has “confirmed by sources” that author and John McCain speechwriter Mark Salter wrote O: A Presidential Novel.

Salter has also written a number of nonfiction books with McCain (including Faith Of My Fathers and Worth the Fighting For).  Simon & Schuster had stoked speculation among journalists over the anonymously written novel about the Barack Obama White House–releasing hints, a web video, and excerpts from the forthcoming novel.

Time Magazine has more about the clues: “(Flashback: Page Six touted Salter.) Simon and Schuster topper Jonathan Karp was Salter’s editor on books he did with Senator McCain.-Salter has been holed up in Maine since leaving his job in the Senate. The descriptions that Karp has given of the author matched Salter.”