The AP reports that Mark Dagostino, a ten-year veteran of People magazine who ghostwrote the Hulk Hogan memoir My Life Outside the Ring, partnered with Tim Pawlenty to write the book that is believed to be the Minnesota governor’s overture to the 2012 presidential campaign. Courage to Stand: An American Story is published by Tyndale House — a Christian imprint that makes the post-apocalyptic Left Behind books — and hits stores in January.
For this book, Gov. Pawlenty described Mr. Dagostino as a collaborator rather than a ghost writer, citing the fact that he contributed many passages himself and conducted “many, many hours” of interviews.
The book’s Amazon description can be found below.
Long before he was considered a top prospective presidential candidate for 2012-even before he landed on John McCain’s short list of potential running mates in 2008-Governor Tim Pawlenty had already earned legendary status in conservative circles. In his hard-left-leaning home state of Minnesota, the man known as “T-Paw” somehow erased a $4.8-billion budget deficit while simultaneously reforming health care, creating jobs, improving education, and supporting renewable energy reform–all without raising taxes.
In Courage to Stand, Pawlenty reveals, for the first time, how he found the resolve to get the job done, taking readers all the way back to the lessons he learned as a boy in the gritty meatpacking town of South St. Paul. From the devastating early death of his mother to the struggle to work his way through college and law school and his epic political battles as governor, Pawlenty opens up about his deepest beliefs and shares his vision for a better America.
Via The Hill.