Kerry signs memoir deal

Kerry signs memoir deal
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Former secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEquilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — Clean power repurposes dirty power No. 2 State Department official to travel to China amid tensions US and Germany launch climate partnership MORE has a book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster for a memoir covering his life and political career.

Kerry's book project, first reported by the Associated Press Thursday, has no release date.

"This is the first opportunity I've had in a long time to pause and look back, with an eye toward looking forward. I hope we can produce a good book that captures for readers not so much my story, but some of the lessons learned along the way, including lessons learned the hard way," Kerry wrote in a statement.

"I am grateful that Simon & Schuster is working with me to revisit meaningful moments lived at the intersection of history, and to help readers get to know some of the compelling people I've known, learned from, admired, and even debated with across my years," he added.

Kerry first came into the public spotlight as a Vietnam veteran in the early 1970s, gaining a name for himself as a spokesman for Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

Kerry regularly criticized U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

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"How do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" Kerry famously asked during one Senate hearing.

Kerry went on serve as a Democratic Massachussetts senator from 1985 to 2013.

He then tried to run for president in 2004, but lost to then-President George W. Bush.

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Kerry played a large role in some of the Obama administration’s keystone foreign policy agreements, including the Paris Agreement on global warming and the Iranian nuclear deal.

Kerry previously authored several other books, most recently “The New War: The Web of Crime That Threatens America's Security.”

He also teamed with biographer Douglas Brinkley to write "Tour of Duty,” which recounts his experience in Vietnam.

This new book deal, however, will be the first full memoir.

Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, praised the memoir deal because it will allow Kerry to tell his story in its entirety.

"This is a great American life, and what's exciting about John Kerry's memoir is that he's finally got the time and perspective to tell the full story, in all of its sweep," Karp said in a statement to the AP.

The AP reports that Kerry talked to several publishers before settling on Simon & Schuster.

It is unclear how much money Kerry will receive for the book deal.

Washington attorney Robert Barnett represented him in the deal, the AP reports. 

Barnett also recently represented former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden hits new low in Gallup poll Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work Obama, Springsteen releasing book based on their podcast MORE and Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Obama to adapt memoir 'Dreams From My Father' for young readers MORE for their book deal, which they signed with Penguin Random House publishers for $60 million.