March 10th, 2010
10:27 AM ET
12 years ago

Scott Brown finalizes book deal

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/20/art.brownshake0120.gi.jpg caption ="Sen. Scott Brown has finalized a book deal with HarperCollins."](CNN) - Sen. Scott Brown will reflect on "his family background, his early career and his ascent to the office of Massachusetts senator" in a new memoir, the publisher HarperCollins announced Wednesday.

Brown's office said last month that the Republican star was in the process of landing a book deal and had hired Washington attorney Bob Barnett to help navigate the process.

HarperCollins, which also published former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's best-selling memoir "Going Rogue," acquired the rights to the Brown book and will publish it in early 2011. The publisher called Brown's win in January's Massachusetts special Senate election "one of the biggest political coups of the decade."

"I am humbled to have the opportunity to share my personal story in hopes to inform, encourage and inspire others," Brown said in a statement.

The publisher said Brown will submit his deal to the Senate Ethics Committee for approval.

"Scott Brown's remarkable rise to the US Senate is merely one part of a life spent fighting for the values he believes in," said HarperCollins Senior Vice President Jonathan Burnham. "His own story is one of extraordinary courage, persistence, and hope - it is full of surprises and will make for a vitally important book that will inspire others to follow Senator Brown's footsteps."


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  1. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    Okay, the conservatives loudly and angrily bellowed that he was a "RINO" – republican in name only, and a "traitor". Liberals just won't like him anyway.

    So who is supposed to be buying the book?

    March 10, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Minnesota gal

    You gotta be kidding. Does he have one of his nudeo pictures on each page. Isn't it odd that the publishing company are publishing and promoting all those republicans books. Who in Hades reads them except other republicans, and I don't think many of them know really how to read.

    March 10, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Shayne in NH

    "one of the biggest political coups of the decade."

    Just so you know we are only three month into the decade. Wow, what a coup!!

    March 10, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. AndyBlue

    Why bother. Yesterdays comments werent even posted yet. Cant CNN afford one person to run the ticker regularly?

    That person must be busy watching what Fox news is doing.

    March 10, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Rival Church

    Just like Palin, strike while the money is hot. He fits right in for the Fox news website which looks more like a porn site than a news site.

    March 10, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Will it contain a centerfold of Brown? Whatever. Just like the death of journalism as a result of the unhholy union of the "news" media and the advertising industry, these kinds of books aren't really about sharing information and honest ideas to promote discussion anymore. When it comes to these politicians, it's just about lining their pockets by pushing ideological masturbation, revisionist history and fabricated, misleading, nonsensensical "interpretations" of what are really cold hard facts they'd like to deny or explain away. Honestly, it's like putting Pollack and Rorshach in the same room with a few buckets of paints, a giant canvas and a sheet of LSD: whatever you wind up with doesn't really have any meaning or make any sense whatsoever, but some paid-to-say-it jerkwad is most certainly going to give you an expansive explanation of its cosmic importance.

    March 10, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Laverne

    You better watch it Mr. Brown, the republicans will build you up and tear you down if you don't cooperate with him.

    March 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. kd

    Hardly a 'remarkable rise.' He's a fluke. But he's all the right has to attach themselves to at the moment. In today's climate, he's more Dem than Repub. Repubs won't want to hear about that, they just want to use his image and mythologize the moment – like they do everything else.

    March 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. stop the nonsense

    Must be planning a run for President.
    Why do politicians need to write a book before running for the job? More importnatly, why do we bother buying them? What makes them ( Brown in the case) think we would care about his past? Ddi he do anything intereting when younger? Was he responsible for anything that noteworthy?
    I doubt it.

    March 10, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What does he have to offer that is so much different from anyone else?

    March 10, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Gee,maybe Scott can inspire us and tell us where that cool half a million dollars came from in the last six days of his campaign?Lets all 300 million of us write a book,and boost our own pocket books and help the economy while were at it.His book should be titled,"How United Health Systems Inspired My Life and Filled My Bag With Cash.

    March 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. .....

    It's all about book deals, deals, making money..etc. And screw the reason why people voted you into office! I'm sick of these people becoming opportunists...only going into office for their own selfish reasons!

    March 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. hongli

    Scott Brown is the biggest clown in Boston.

    March 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Sam

    A book deal, good grief! Is it possible for him to start doing his job? And since he's forgotten that would be help the state of Massachusetts get out from under the mess Romney made. And less on his private life. This guy has been every where but behind his desk helping his constituents stay a float.

    I wonder how great they ( his constituents )feel about electing him now.

    March 10, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. JMF

    LOL: Humbled, give me a break, this guy lives for publicity. Whether you voted for him or not you can't pretend this guy and his family are not all about how many times they can get their faces in front of a camera. I have zero interest in reading his book or most political books. They are usually pretty self-serving.
    Joker!
    The media & talking heads say "The biggest political coup in decades, give me a break, Kennedy held the office for a billion years who knows how many dems or repubs could have filled that seat. MA has had many republican gov's.
    Most people are so gullible that if you say something enough times they believe it.

    March 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Carole

    From a guy who said he is a history buff and his family visited the Museum of Natural History in DC.....yeah right! Anyone can write a book now. I will be glad when it gets figured out his opponent ran a lousy campaign.

    March 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Luke Brown

    Does he have any more nude pics of himself out there?

    March 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. jane

    Listen. We just had someone like Sarah Palin get way too close for comfort to the Presidency, not to mention that it will take us generations to recover from the Bush administration.

    I cannot imagine that this country could seriously consider a former nude model as the next President of the U.S. I mean, apparently, that's what he has his eye on; hence, the book.

    March 10, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. A True Centrist

    The man came into office as a moderate Republican, and has been everything he promised to be by voting with both the Republicans (on healthcare) and Democrats (on the jobs bill) in his short term in office. Even though he has kept his campaign promises and worked with members from both parties, I'm sure the crazies from both the right and the left will have negative things to say about him...they always do.

    As a MA resident, I can finally be proud of one of my Senators and I'm thankful for that.

    March 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    Politics sells!

    March 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. buckwheat

    It is like the old days hearing someone willing to work for a living and not waiting for the mail man. If he is trying supporting himself and not breaking laws its an A+.

    March 10, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Ben in Texas

    Will his book contain a center fold? Will he use Sarah Palin's ghostwriter? Will it come with a box of Crayolas? These are things CNN needs to investigate!

    March 10, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. pkb

    He obviously needs mon ey and this is also a way for the GOP to pay off his political debts. The GOP will buy up ALL of them. What a racquet! This is why so many political hacks "write" books.

    March 10, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. Indy

    And now we need a law that prevents publicly paid, elected officials from ever writing books while in office. This is just sick and what makes it worse is people that are stupid enough to pay for his book that he writes while he is suppose to be working for the people that elected him. It proves that politics is at an all time low, and so far off base and out of touch with what the country needs. In these times elected people should have nothing on their plates but working for the people who elected them.There are far too many problems that need to be solved before writing a freeking book !!!!!

    March 10, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Wisconsonite - Rush Wants to Move to Costa Rica - Where They HAVE Socialized Medicine!

    Nice that the people of MA elected him to the US Senate so he can write a book! Hey, Scott . . . . how about if you just do your JOB!

    March 10, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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