JERUSALEM – On the heels of launching a new conservative grassroots organization, former Vice President Mike Pence announced he has signed a two-book deal with a major American publisher.
One of the books will be an autobiography of his journey from life as a young boy growing up in Indiana farm country to becoming the second most powerful person in the U.S. government.
The other will tell the story of Pence’s spiritual journey as an Evangelical Christian and why he describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican – in that order.”
In a phone call last week, Pence told me that his deep love for Israel and the Jewish people – and the Bible – will play a major role in both books, and in his new organization, Advancing American Freedom.
As I reported yesterday, David Friedman, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Trump-Pence administration, has agreed to serve on the organization’s advisory board.
“Former Vice President Mike Pence will publish his autobiography with Simon & Schuster,” noted a statement by the publisher. “This currently untitled book is the story of Pence’s faith and public service, covering his trajectory from Columbus, IN, to his time as the second-highest ranking official in the Trump administration. Pence will address the many pivotal moments of the administration, from the time he was selected to run as vice president through Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2021.”
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell the story of my life in public service to the American people, from serving in Congress, to the Indiana Governor’s office and as vice president of the United States,” Pence said. “I look forward to working with the outstanding team at Simon & Schuster to invite readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington, D.C.”
Dana Canedy, senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said that Pence's “life and work, his journey as a Christian, the challenges and triumphs he has faced, and the lessons he has learned, tells an American story of extraordinary public service during a time of unrivaled public interest in our government and politics. His revelatory autobiography will be the definitive book on one of the most consequential presidencies in American history.”
Pence served as the 48th vice president of the United States (2017 to 2021), 50th governor of Indiana (2013-2017), and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (2001-2013).
In a two-book deal, Simon & Schuster “acquired world rights, first serial rights, and audio rights from David Vigliano and Thomas Flannery of Vigliano Associates,” the publisher stated. “The first book is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2023.”
Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.