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David Axelrod writing autobiography

April 09, 2013|By Kim Geiger
  • David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, announced Tuesday that he will be writing a memoir.
David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, announced Tuesday… (Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press )

The architect of President Obama’s political narrative has a new story to tell: His own.

David Axelrod, Obama’s longtime confidant and former strategist, will write a “personal biography of his professional life,” according to publisher Penguin Press, which announced the deal Tuesday.

The memoir will reflect on Axelrod’s decades of political experience, from his days as a young newspaperman at the Chicago Tribune to his time as the president’s senior advisor. In addition to dishing on his 20-year friendship with Obama, the book is expected to include tales about a range of other political figures, from Hillary Rodham Clinton and Deval Patrick to John Edwards and Rod Blagojevich.

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“I have taken an extraordinary journey, filled with rich history and unforgettable characters,” Axelrod said in a statement. “In this book, I look forward to sharing them, and reflecting on the enormous change I’ve seen over a lifetime in journalism and politics.”

Axelrod has said that the Obama campaign was his last. He is now a television commentator and inaugural director of the University of Chicago’s new Institute of Politics. Publication of the memoir is expected in the fall of 2014.

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