Former Sen. Fred Thompson's (R-Tenn.) memoir "Teaching the Pig to Dance" isn't long on juicy political or celebrity gossip, but there are a few exceptions.
The actor-turned-politician-turned-actor writes mostly about growing up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and his early years. His time in Hollywood and Washington barely get mentioned.
There are a few interesting tidbits, however:
-- Thompson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were born at the same hospital exactly one year apart.
-- He was recruited to run for the Tennessee state house by Hal Carter, the brother of actress Dixie Carter. Hal Carter was the Republican leader in the state Senate.
-- And his advice to would-be lawmakers: "I often tell aspiring candidates, half in jest, that the most brilliant politicians are the ones whose daddy left them a fortune or who run for office in a year when their party is sweeping everything." Thompson took his advice to heart. He was elected to the Senate in 1994, which proved to be a banner year for Republicans.
To purchase the book, visit the website here. The release date is May 18.