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Hillary Clinton has written a three-page foreword to "Off the Sidelines," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's first book due out on Sept. 9. 

And by doing so, Clinton may have guaranteed that Gillibrand -- her successor as junior Democratic senator from New York -- will actually sell enough copies to actually make some money.

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According to Maggie Haberman at Politico, Clinton praised Gillibrand as a "great senator" and a "great friend," and effectively describes Gillibrand as the personal embodiment of the book's theme of women getting off the sideline and into politics.

"The first time I shook Kirsten Gillibrand’s hand, she looked me square in the eye and said, 'How can I help?'" Clinton writes, Haberman says. "I was running for Senate in New York and Kirsten wanted to do everything she could for the campaign. But there was more to it than that. Kirsten has built her whole life around the question 'How can I help?'"

But there's more, according to Haberman.

"Wherever there is a problem to solve, a wrong to right, or a person in need, Kirsten rolls up her sleeves and gets to work," Clinton writes. "Staying on the sidelines just isn't in her DNA. That's been the story of her entire career -- as a lawyer, then as a member of the U.S. House, and now as a U.S. senator -- and it's the story of this book."

Gillibrand has poised herself to tap into the excitement among all voters, but particularly women, about the possible Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016 through her Off the Sidelines leadership PAC. Gillibrand was appointed to take Clinton's place in the Senate in 2009, when President Barack Obama named Clintonr as his first secretary of state. Clinton served from 2000 to 2009. 

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Meanwhile, the Random House webpage for Gillibrand's book includes testimonial blurbs from nine well-known women, in the order they are listed: publisher and author Arianna Huffington, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, executive Sheryl Sandberg, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, former tennis star Billie Jean King, "Orange is the New Black" author Piper Kerman, actor and singer Connie Britton, Xerox Corp. chairwoman and CEO Ursula Burns, and Oxygen Media and Kandu founder Geraldine Laybourne.