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Eric Schmidt, Google's outgoing CEO, close to landing a book deal

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Google's outgoing chief executive, Eric Schmidt, is courting offers from several New York-based book publishers for a book about Technology and how it's used under authoritarian governments, a report says.

Schmidt, who is set to step down from running the tech giant in April, is currently holding an auction for book deals that is expected to end some time Tuesday, according to Crain's New York Business.

The book, which Crain's said is slated to be titled "Empire of the Mind: The Dawn of the Techno-Political Age," will be written by Schmidt and Jared Cohen, a 29-year-old author who directs the Google Ideas think tank and once worked for the U.S. State Department.

Schmidt and Cohen recently wrote an essay together called "The Digital Disruption" for Foreign Affairs magazine.

The book, Crain's reported, grew out of the essay. Given the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt over the last few weeks, such a book would be likely to grab attention.

Cohen has written two books, Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East and One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide.

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Photo: Eric Schmidt, chairman and outgoing chief executive of Google, participates in a session during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 28, 2011. The World Economic Forum in Davos will be attended by a record number of chief executives, with a total of 2,500 delegates attending the five-day meeting. Credit: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

 
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