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Moore signs US soldier book deal
Michael Moore
Moore's film is seen as a polemic against Bush
Documentary maker Michael Moore is to release a book of letters sent by US troops in Iraq.

Moore also plans to release the Official Fahrenheit 9-11 Reader, a companion to the DVD of his film attacking President George Bush.

Publisher Simon & Schuster said they hoped both would be in shops in time for the US elections on 2 November.

Moore's collection of soldiers' letters will be entitled Will They Ever Trust Us Again?.

The documentary has made $115m (62.5m) in US cinemas since it opened in June.

Moore has also written bestsellers including Dude, Where's My Country, Stupid White Men and Downsize This.

But Fahrenheit 9/11 has generated the most controversy of any of his work to date.

Miramax's parent firm Disney refused to distribute the film, which also criticises President Bush's response to the 11 September attacks on the US.

And despite being a documentary, it was given an R rating, meaning those under the age of 17 cannot see it in US cinemas without an accompanying adult.

But some political analysts believe it may have an influence on the US elections and it is well known Moore intend to have the documentary released on video and DVD close to election day, in the hope of damaging President Bush.

The DVD and video will feature a number of extras, including deleted footage from outside Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where seven US soldiers have been charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners.


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