ISI Books is looking for a handsome, eye-catching cover design for the latest book by New York Times bestselling author Paul Kengor, author of *A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century* (more than 30,000 copies sold).
The book is THE DIVINE PLAN: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War.
A documentary film of the same name will be released around the time of the book. You can find information on the film at https://thedivineplanmovie.com/.
It probably makes sense to have the book cover and the film art look similar. But if you have other ideas, please let us know. The book should stand alone, not be presented as a "movie tie-in edition."
We want a cover that conveys that this is a serious, important work of history.
THE BOOK IN ONE SENTENCE: Drawing on exclusive interviews with renowned historians, scholars, journalists, and church officials, this eye-opening work of history reveals how Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, shot by would-be assassins mere weeks apart, believed that they survived as part of "The Divine Plan" to defeat Soviet communism.
For the follow-up to his acclaimed bestseller A Pope and a President, author Paul Kengor teams up with writer-director Robert Orlando to dive deeper into the pivotal bond between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan. Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, the pope and the president took bullets from would-be assassins. Surviving strikingly similar near-death experiences, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism.
It was all part of the Divine Plan, they said.
To tell this remarkable story, THE DIVINE PLAN draws on exclusive interviews with renowned historians, scholars, journalists, and church officials, including:
Richard V. Allen, Reagan's close adviser
Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Bishop Robert Barron
H. W. Brands, award-winning historian
Douglas Brinkley, award-winning historian
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Polish-American historian
Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Monika Jablonska, biographer of Pope John Paul II
Stephen Kotkin, historian, Princeton University
John O’Sullivan, author of *The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister*
Craig Shirley, Reagan biographer
George Weigel, biographer of Pope John Paul II
*Final cover files should b'e delivered in Adobe InDesign.*
TITLE: The Divine Plan
SUBTITLE: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War
AUTHORS: Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando
AUTHOR LINES (to go in smaller type below their names):
[Kengor] <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author <i>A Pope and a President</i>
[Orlando] Director of the documentary film <i>The Divine Plan</i>
TRIM SIZE: 6.25” x 9.25” (plus at least 0.125" bleed)
Our instinct is that the book cover should have a similar look and feel to the art for the documentary film. See https://thedivineplanmovie.com/.
See also some images the documentary filmmaker has provided, which I have attached. The images are low-resolution, but if they are promising, we can get hi-res copies.
See some other potential cover images:
--The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: https://www.amazon.com/President-Po…59698550X/
--Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher: https://www.amazon.com/Ronald-Reaga…595230475/
--The End and the Beginning: https://www.amazon.com/End-Beginnin…038552479X
AUTHOR'S PREVIOUS TITLES:
--A Pope and a President: https://www.amazon.com/Pope-Preside…610171438/
--God and Ronald Reagan: https://www.amazon.com/God-Ronald-R…006057142X
--The Crusader: https://www.amazon.com/Crusader-Ron…0061189243