Former US Attorney Preet Bharara signs book deal, writing on integrity

Former Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by President Donald Trump in March, has signed a book deal with publisher Alfred A Knopf.

Former US Attorney Preet Bharara
Former US Attorney Preet Bharara. Photo courtesy: Twitter

As yet untitled, the book is about “the search for justice, not just in criminal cases but in life and society in general,” Knopf said in a statement yesterday. Publication is expected in January 2019.

Bharara said his book would be about the law, “integrity, leadership, decision making, and moral reasoning”.

“It addresses what it means to do the right thing, how to avoid doing the wrong thing, and the role of thoughtfulness in making the best choice,” Bharara said in a statement.

Knopf spokesman Paul Bogaards said yesterday that Bharara “addresses the circumstances of his firing in the book proposal.” Whether the book itself goes into the details of Bharara’s firing “remains an open question,” Bogaards said.

“Preet Bharara's life experience, coupled with his standing as a US Attorney and the cases he tried as a prosecutor, makes him uniquely qualified to write this book,” said Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief for Knopf, which is a division of Penguin Random House.

In 2009, former US President Barack Obama appointed Bharara to serve as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, which includes Manhattan. During seven-and-a-half years as the chief federal prosecutor in that region, Bharara oversaw several notable corruption and white-collar criminal cases, as well as prosecutions of terrorism suspects.

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Bharara, now a distinguished scholar in residence at New York University's law school, was unexpectedly fired by Trump on March 11 after refusing to step down. He had been among 46 US attorneys who were told a day earlier to submit their resignations.