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James Mattis says memoir will not be tell-all on Donald Trump, despite clashes

Carlo Muñoz The Washington TimesMay 28, 2019

Former Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, who clashed memorably with President Trump and his aides in a rocky two-year tenure, is penning a new memoir but says he will not use the book to settle scores.

“Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead” is slated to hit bookshelves in July. But the memoir, which will be co-written with former Pentagon official and military historian Bing West, will not be a “tell all” of Mr. Mattis’ tenure on the Trump national security team, according to the former Marine general.

“I’m old-fashioned: I don’t write about sitting presidents, so those looking for a tell-all will be disappointed,” Mr. Mattis told The Associated Press in a statement. “I want to pass on the lessons and experiences that prepared me for challenges I could not anticipate, not take up the hot political rhetoric of our day.”

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