by Kevin Allman
Writing a prescriptive memoir is a rite of passage for aspiring politicos from Barack Obama to Sarah Palin, and now Gov. Bobby Jindal is joining the publication pack. His book, On Solid Ground: Returning to America's Core Values, will be published in July.
A publishers description indicates it will be part-memoir of Jindals growing up in Louisiana and conversion to Christianity, along with a dose of policy-pundit talk. The book is co-written with author Peter Schweizer, author of the 2008 manifesto-mouthful Makers and Takers: Why Conservatives Work Harder, Feel Happier, Have Closer Families, Take Fewer Drugs, Give More Generously, Value Honesty More, Are Less Materialistic and Envious, Whine Less ... And Even Hug Their Children More Than Liberals.
Jindals memoir will be published by Regnery, a Washington, D.C.-based press that describes itself as the leading conservative publisher in America, and has published books by Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter, among others.
Jindal continues to insist he has no aspirations for national office, but the magazine American Prospect once referred to Regnery as the lifestyle press for conservatives [and] preferred printer of presidential hopefuls, and the publishers description of Jindals manuscript says it promises to lay out how Americans can fundamentally reshape Washington. Louisiana, meanwhile, goes unmentioned.