“I’m ready to talk about everything. Carlita, my wife. My former mistress. Detroit. The job. Everything. People think they know me, and they don’t. They think they know what happened with
the job and the city, but they have no idea.”
In Surrendered! The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick explores the many elements, both professional and personal, that contributed to the ‘perfect storm’ of controversy and conspiracy that culminated in his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his long-time friend and chief of staff. He was unfaithful to his wife, but many men are and perhaps even more politicians are. Most are not in prison.
But, does anyone want to hear the truth about this and all the other alleged crimes and bad behavior that Kilpatrick supposedly committed as Mayor of Detroit.
Surrendered! The Rise, Fall and Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick provides insight into the many triumphs and disappointments of Kwame Kilpatrick. He made national headlines when he became mayor at the age of 31 and numerous others when his leadership brought new development to the city, including hosting the Super Bowl. City operations, development and safety had never experienced a better performance level than when Kilpatrick was mayor. However, his sense of compassion for people in need clashed with his most glaring fault, immaturity – professional and personal. His willingness to enforce checks and balances threatened the wrong peoples’ bottom lines and his single-minded devotion to his job threatened his family.
In a process of awesome revelation Kilpatrick is able to take a vividly intimate, unashamed and honest look at the mental, physical and spiritual mettle required to hold steadfast in the midst of the personal hell that often accompanies public humiliation and private damnation. Through the loss of his mayoral position and his freedom he finds inspiration to fuel a story of redemption, love and re-dedication.