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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Book about Kwame disgrace to help charity

Kwame Kilpatrick will spend the holidays behind bars, but you can still share his words of wisdom with your family and friends.

Hizzoner's unforgettable utterances – ranging from the romantic to the profane – are captured in "The Kwame Sutra: Musings on Lust, Life and Leadership from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick." The handy little volume captures some of Kilpatrick's most unforgettable (and regrettable) quotations, text messages and even some private remarks made before, during and after the infamous text message scandal that made worldwide headlines. Kilpatrick's indiscretions first came to light in 2008, when the Detroit Free Press obtained nearly 14,000 text messages proving that the then-mayor lied under oath in a civil lawsuit when he denied having an affair with his chief of staff and testified that he did not try to fire the deputy police chief investigating him. Kilpatrick's remarks range from the arrogant to the offensive to the downright hilarious. "The Kwame Sutra" even contains never-before published comments and photos.

The book is the work of M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer – the Pulitzer Prize winners who brought Kilpatrick down. Their reporting exposed corruption and led to the mayor's resignation and incarceration.

While Kilpatrick put self service before public service, The Kwame Sutra has so far raised money for journalism scholarships, anti-domestic violence efforts, a laid-off worker battling leukemia and school tuition for an autistic child. This month, 20 copies will be shipped to troops stationed in Afghanistan. The book's main charity partner is Eagle Sports Club, a faith-based non-profit that saved one of Detroit's largest parks and which is dedicated to providing positive role models through sports and tutoring. Elrick and Schaefer are both former Eagle Sports baseball coaches. They hope to use publicity generated by the book to increase awareness and support for Eagle Sports Club's noble mission.

"We're using a book about a man who did bad to do some good," Elrick said.

Named "The Perfect Detroit Souvenir" by Time Magazine, The Kwame Sutra captures the essence of the "Hip-Hop Mayor" and the saga that was his political and criminal career. It tells the tale of bribery and betrayal in Kilpatrick's own uproarious words. You'll laugh, you'll cry … you'll delete your messages.

The Kwame Sutra has a retail price of $7.99 and is available at and major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble, Borders and


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