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PEOPLE: Woodward's book called 'Obama's Wars'

Woodward’s book called ‘Obama’s Wars’

NEW YORK — Less than three weeks before publication, Bob Woodward’s new book finally has a cover design and a title: ‘‘Obama’s Wars.’’

And the focus will not be on the economy — the top issue of the fall elections — but on foreign policy.

Woodward’s latest investigative work will run 441 pages (Amazon.com had been listing the count at 464 pages) and show Obama ‘‘making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret war in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism,’’ Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday.

Walters and Letterman talk heart surgery

NEW YORK — Barbara Walters is feeling wonderful after heart surgery in May — and has practically no scar, she added proudly Tuesday as she returned to active duty on ‘‘The View’’ after taking the summer off for recovery.

‘‘I would like to say, once and for all, to all the people who say, ‘How are you?’: I’m FINE!’’ she told viewers as the audience gave her a rousing welcome.

Joining the welcome party was David Letterman in his first visit. The ‘‘Late Show’’ host had open-heart surgery a decade ago, and he and Walters spent much of his appearance gratefully comparing notes.

‘‘It’s plumbing, really. You’re talking about pipes, valves and pumps,’’ said Letterman, who underwent an emergency quintuple bypass in January 2000. When the surgeons go to work, he marveled, ‘‘amazing things are accomplished.’’

‘‘It’s more than a miracle,’’ he said.

Letterman recalled when he got the post-surgery good news from the doctor.

‘‘He puts his hand on my shoulder and he said, ‘Everything went great.’ And that was the best part of the whole thing — that and, later, the sponge bath,’’ he cracked.