Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Perino's Book: Not Another McClellan

(from usatoday.com
by David Jackson)

(Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP)

Don't expect Dana Perino's book to be anywhere near as critical of the George W. Bush administration as the one written by one of her predecessors, press secretary Scott McClellan.

Just consider Perino's working title: And The Good News Is ...

Perino — Bush's press secretary from 2007 to 2009 and now a co-host on the Fox News chat show The Five — will focus on "the lessons that have successfully guided her through a life of challenges and achievement," according to her publisher.

Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, said the book is set for release next May.

The publisher also pledges "stories from behind the scenes at the White House."

Maybe they will include reactions to McClellan's 2008 book What Happened, which rocked the Bush administration with its many criticisms, particularly over the Iraq War.

That book's critics included — and still include — Perino, who would later tell interviewers she felt personally betrayed by McClellan.

Sean Desmond, editorial director at Twelve, said in the book announcement that Perino's memoir will be about her "unlikely start, her best stories from her days as a witness to historic events and now television, and a compendium of all the hard-earned life lessons she picked up along the way."

Desmond said he's "thrilled" to work with Perino, who he says is "someone who always knows the best thing to say, and how and when to say it."