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‘This Is Herman Cain!’ Cain’s New Memoir Tops

Steve Pope/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not only is Herman Cain climbing in the polls, his memoir is climbing up the list, landing in the top 10 Best Sellers. Tuesday, Herman Cain’s memoir, This Is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House, hit bookshelves. Kicking off his book tour Monday night on the Sean Hannity Show, Cain will, in the middle of his campaign for the White House, spend two weeks promoting his book.

The book chronicles the pizza CEO’s rise from rags to riches. It details his early life in the segregated South, meeting his wife, Gloria, and his battle with stage 4 liver and colon cancer. He also gives an in-depth view of his many years in business, moving from the Coca-Cola Co. to Pillsbury to Burger King and then to Godfather’s Pizza. Cain isn’t shy about portraying what the first 90 days of a Cain administration would look like.

He recounts his first moment on the national stage, confronting President Clinton during a televised town hall about his proposed health care bill.

“While I was not the first person who tried to point out to the president and members of his administration how his proposed plan would affect jobs and the economy, my ‘four minutes of notoriety’ would serve as a lightning rod, and would become, in the words of Newt Gingrich, one of my worthy opponents of the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2012, ‘the turning point of the debate’.”

He also talks about his motivation to run for office and the birth of his granddaughter as the defining moment that led him to run for president.

“My first grandchild! I didn’t think: How do I give her a good start in life? How do I make sure she gets a good education? The first thought that went through my mind was: What do I do to make this a better world and a better nation?”

Other interesting tidbits -- his Secret Service name would be “Cornbread.”  Apparently, he can’t get enough of the stuff. He also talks about how he measures up against the rest of the GOP field. He’s not particularly worried by his competitors and writes "least of all Ron Paul, whose campaign sends one of its ‘Paulites’ everywhere I show up. Clearly, the intent is to agitate, not to educate.”

Cain is the author of several other books on topics of business and public speaking. This is Herman Cain! was published by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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