PRESS RELEASE from Random House/Crown Publishers

Contact: Katie Wainwright
VP, Executive Director of Publicity


Monday, August 11, 2008 - New York, NY - Crown Publishers has acquired world rights to CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN: Barack Obama's Plan to Renew America's Promise.  The book will describe and explain how Senator Obama will change Washington and what that change will mean to the American people.  To be published by Crown's paperback imprint, Three Rivers Press, CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN will be written by the staff of Obama for America, with a foreword by Barack Obama. Publication is scheduled for September 9, 2008.

Random House Audio will release the audio version simultaneous to the book's release, and the e-book version will be released one day prior, on September 8, 2008.

In his foreword, Barack Obama will discuss his agenda for change and his views on the importance of this election. Part One of the book will offer bold and specific ideas about how to fix our ailing economy and strengthen the middle class, make healthcare affordable for all, achieve energy independence, and keep America safe in a dangerous world. Part Two of the book will include seven of the key speeches delivered by Obama in the course of this historic campaign, among them the declaration of his candidacy for President; his victory speech after the Iowa caucus; his speech on race in America, "A More Perfect Union"; and his address to the people of Berlin.

CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN will be the essential guide for anyone who wants to learn more about how Barack Obama will tackle our nation's most pressing

Barack Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee for President of the United States. He is the junior U.S. senator from Illinois and the author of Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father, both #1 bestsellers, which combined have more than four million copies in print.

Obama for America is the official campaign for Barack Obama's bid for the White House. With offices in fifty states, the campaign is the largest grassroots effort in American political history, with tens of thousands of active volunteers and more than five million supporters on their e-mail list.

Of the acquisition Crown President Jenny Frost said: "We are proud to have published two bestselling books by Barack Obama and are thrilled to have the
opportunity to continue to work with his campaign on such an important and inspiring book at this critical moment in our country."

Jenny Frost negotiated the deal with Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly. Crown acquired world, audio, and e-book rights. Executive editor Rachel Klayman will be the editor on the book.

Crown Publishers is a division of Random House, Inc.