6:58pm PT by Andy Lewis
Former White House Advisor Anthony Scaramucci Inks Book Deal
Anthony Scaramucci, the hedge fund advisor turned White House Communications Director to President Donald Trump (for just 10 days in July), has signed a book deal for The Blue Collar President: How Trump Is Reinventing the Aspirational Working Class, a spokesperson at publisher Hachette confirmed Wednesday to The Hollywood Reporter. The book will be published in September by the company’s Nashville-based Center Street imprint.
Scaramucci, known far and wide by the nickname “the Mooch,” told the New York Post that the book wasn’t a tell-all, but the story of “an entrepreneur writing about an entrepreneur who has now ascended into the presidency.” He added that the book examines “Trump as a strategist, as a communicator and why he probably doesn’t need a chief of staff but could rely on a core group of lieutenants like he did at the Trump Organization.”
This isn’t Scaramucci’s first effort at a book. He shopped around a proposal (tentative title: I Did It My Way) in the fall that would have been more of a tell-all, but found no takers and withdrew the proposal, which was leaked. The Post reports that Scaramucci was turned down a total of 39 times by publishers before striking a deal with Center Street.
Scaramucci, founder of asset management firm Skybridge Capital, co-owner of the Manhattan’s Hunt and Fish Club steakhouse and longtime friend of Trump, lasted just 10 days as White House Communications Director, undone by a famously quotable interview with Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker.
Financial terms of the book deal were not revealed.