Skip to comments.Fred Thompson to Publish Memoir
Posted on 12/28/2009 3:11:33 PM PST by Maelstorm
Memphis Daily News...Fred Thompson, the former Tennessee senator and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has penned his memoir and given it a title that reflects his early days in small-town Tennessee. The 67-year-old former politician, actor and avuncular radio host who graduated from the University of Memphis titled his book Notes from a Country Lawyer. Its scheduled for release in May. Amazon.com already is selling pre-orders of the book, the cover of which shows a smiling Thompson wearing a suit and seated on a brick front porch. The title is a label no doubt intended to hearken back to the days long before Thompson dabbled in presidential politics, eventually throwing his support last year behind longtime friend and Arizona Sen. John McCain. The country lawyer label also predates one of his better-known acting roles as New York Dist. Atty. Arthur Branch, which Thompson played on the long-running NBC drama Law & Order.
Steady Eddie Raised in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. also the hometown of current Shelby County Commissioner Mike Carpenter Thompson prosecuted bank robbers and moonshiners as an assistant U.S. attorney in the late 1960s and early 70s. Stumping before a crowd of several hundred people in Lawrenceburgs town square in late 2007, Thompson evoked flashes of the country lawyer he used to be. He strolled here and there, gesturing to landmarks that reminded him of his early days and places long gone. The gathering was in support of Thompsons presidential bid. He pointed to where a courthouse once stood, where he tried his first lawsuit while dodging buckets set out to catch rainwater as he paced in front of the jury. Jerry Hughes, the proprietor of a gift shop on the town square called Thompson Station, told The Daily NewsLawrenceburg still appreciates the former senators style. Hes laid back. Its just his nature, Hughes said. Hes a steady Eddie.
Exit, stage right Meanwhile, Thompson isnt the only politician with a Memphis connection who has a memoir coming out in 2010. Harold Ford Jr., the former U.S. representative for the 9th Congressional District that generally encompasses Memphis, is coming out in September with More Davids Than Goliaths: A Political Education. Fords 320-page book will reflect on what hes learned on the campaign trail, as well as from his place in one of the citys most prominent political families. Ford, the 9th District congressman from 1997 to 2007, won the seat after it had been held by his father, Harold Ford Sr., for 22 years. The younger Ford came within 50,000 votes and 3 percentage points of winning in 2006 the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Bill Frist. Former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker won that race in a hard-fought campaign that proved to be Fords second act on the national political stage.
I just ran onto this. It will certainly be a book I'd buy.
Precious picture. : )
I want to read the Lori Morgan chapter.
It’s a quick read, he got off three pages and fell asleep.
I wonder if he’s going to include the part where I sent him $500 for his campaign, and he dropped out of the race two days later.
Fred is a good man. Hard to say this about any public figure these days.
He is. Too bad he was so unprepared when he jumped into the Race.
I feel your pain. Same thing here but not for as much money. He does have a smart and very cute wife and great kids. That's about all I can say about Fred.
I’ll bet cash money that the Lura Bainbridge episode would be a much hotter stoary.
I’ll bet cash money that the Lura Bainbridge episode would be a much hotter story.
I like Fred. I don’t like the title. Reminds me of Sam Ervin.
I still have a Fred hat.
I wish he were President today. He dropped out before I could even vote for him.
Maybe he will explain the whole Fire in the Belly thing. SNL kind of pegged him.
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