Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Forthcoming Memoir by Beloved Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

—Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has acquired publishing rights to longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's story, written with veteran author and journalist Jack Beatty. Mayor Menino will step down in January 2014, after serving a record five terms in office with approval ratings as high or higher than any politician in the country. The book will cover local history and politics, but its message is national: The Mayor who has personally met more than half the people who live in his city offers an antidote for the Washington-centered, hyper-partisan new era of politics.

Mayor Menino’s political career stretches from Boston’s busing crisis of the 1970s to the city’s extraordinary response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. HMH plans to publish the book in the spring of 2014. This book is as much about the man and how he grew in office as it is about the city that progressed with him. Boston is one of the youngest cities in the country and as urban areas are resurging, Boston has come back strongest: over the Mayor’s final term, Boston's economy grew faster than any other metro in the U.S.

Commented HMH Trade Publishing President Gary Gentel, “HMH has a longstanding relationship with Boston and we are continually impressed by the leadership of Mayor Menino and what he has meant to this city and its people. We are excited to publish such an important chronicle of Boston’s modern history.”

“I have always believed the purpose of government is to help improve people’s lives, and that’s what I’ve done here in Boston in the many years that I’ve served the city,” said Mayor Menino. “Boston can be a model for Washington, and for the nation. My book will show how, and Jack Beatty is the perfect collaborator.”

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