Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Inks Book Deal

Outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is writing a book.

Emanuel's book, entitled "The Nation City: Why Mayors Run the World," will be released in the spring of 2020, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday.

The book will focus on "effective governing in a time of historic gridlock," a statement from the publisher said, adding that Emanuel will show that "cities are increasingly the places where things are getting done, reforms are being addressed, and grand projects are being realized."

"Cities are now the hubs of innovations and ideas, the places that drive the economic, intellectual and cultural energy of the world and mayors are leading the way," Emanuel said in a statement.

"We acknowledge and address climate change. We deal with immigration and infrastructure. We grapple with education, disparities in wealth, health, housing, terrorism, crime and gun violence," he continued. 

The announcement of Emanuel's book came exactly two weeks after he unexpectedly announced that he would not seek a third term in office, sparking a frenzy of speculation and several candidates' names floated as potential successors.

"The Nation City" will make the case that municipal entities are more effective than their federal counterparts when it comes to governing, in part due to proximity to their citizens and the demand to deliver results, Emanuel said.

He will also take aim at "partisan rancor" that he claims is leaving citizens "increasingly frustrated" - a message he has shared countless times in escalating criticisms of President Donald Trump's administration. 

The book is the first glimpse Emanuel has revealed of his plans for the future after he leaves office in May 2019.

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