Former Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick has written a biographical book summarizing his life with a focus on the past decade, from political wunderkind, to the people’s-appointed hip-hop mayor, to reluctant martyr. To be sure, the book is as controversial as the man himself. While many passionately support his vision, just as many cry foul by the mis-steps he has made. Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick seems to be the only way to hear the truth directly from Mayor Kilpatrick’s mouth.
Yes, the truth actually. While the message is not all positive, nor all negative it appears he speaks candidly. At times you expect him to side-step, and instead he takes the situation head-on.
As a nation watching CNN these past few weeks, we can relate to others who have similar career arcs. Global and national men who are hungry, powerful and acclaimed for their charisma, leadership and insight. They use their resources with (hopefully) the intention to do good, but their appetites ultimately take them off-course. As has been said on those news shows and many other arenas, these men are surely not the exception. They just got caught.
Mayor Kilpatrick tries to explain his ways over a nearly 200 page journey. No doubt, his supporters will struggle on certain pages as he explains his misconduct. No doubt his attackers will revel on those same pages, and then find themselves struggling to continue with angst as he explains his family and values, his unquestionable triumphs and the good intentions he wasn’t able to bring to fruition. Whether Mayor Kilpatrick was a strong leader, a good force for a city he loves, or a despised man condemned by his own city, his voice is that of an intelligent, educated human being who tried his best to make it all work; and has now paid his dues and seems hungry to give back.
The overall theme serves as a lesson. Maybe it’s maturity or the time he’s had to reflect on his actions, possibly it’s the strength he finds in his belief system which he often refers to throughout the pages. But Kwame Kilpatrick’s recollection as depicted in the pages of his book brings an unflinching honesty to his actions, good and bad.
Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick is a strong read on it’s own and possibly an educational tool for politicians, lawmakers and students aspiring toward those avenues and others. As we are all now witnessing, it’s also a potential supplement for today’s breaking headlines.
Surrendered: The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick is available for pre-order now for a late July release.
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