The White House staffer who wrote an anonymous opinion piece for the New York Times last year, in which he declared himself to be "part of the resistance," is publishing a book. The still-unnamed author's A Warning was acquired by Twelve's Sean Desmond who bought world English rights plus translation rights to France and Spain. The book will be released November 19.
The op-ed, titled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," became one of the earlier talking points of the Trump presidency, as the author described working in a job where his goal was to limit, and at times thwart, his boss. The author proclaimed himself among a cohort of administration staffers "working diligently from within to frustrate parts of [President Trump's] agenda and his worst inclinations."
Twelve described the book as "an unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency" that "offers a shocking, first-hand account of President Trump and his record." The publisher also confirmed that the author's identity will remain a secret and that the nameless scribe will not be earning any money from the book. Twelve explained that "Anonymous did not take an advance to write A Warning" and any royalties the book brings in will be donated to nonprofits that focus on government accountability.
Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn at Javelin represented the author in the deal. And, in a letter announcing the book to insiders, which PW obtained, the agents called the work "explosive and unprecedented," adding that it was "written under extreme secrecy by someone in the room with the President and other senior administration officials on multiple occasions." The agents, whose firm is based in Washington, D.C., added, confidently, that the book will be "the publishing event of the year."