Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden and an ongoing target for Republican supporters, has announced that his memoir, Beautiful Things, will be published in April.
The book will centre on the lawyer and former lobbyist’s struggles with drug addiction and his path to sobriety. It takes its title from an expression he and his brother Beau would use after Beau’s fatal diagnosis with brain cancer, to emphasise what was important in life.
In a brief extract released with the announcement, Hunter Biden writes: “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”
The book has already received glowing advance praise from Stephen King and Dave Eggers.
“In his harrowing and compulsively readable memoir, Hunter Biden proves again that anybody, even the son of a United States president can take a ride on the pink horse down nightmare alley,” King wrote. “Biden remembers it all and tells it all with a bravery that is both heartbreaking and quite gorgeous. He starts with a question: Where’s Hunter? The answer is he’s in this book, the good, the bad and the beautiful.”
Eggers called Beautiful Things “an astonishingly candid and brave book about loss, human frailty, wayward souls and hard-fought redemption.”
Acquired back in 2019 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the deal was kept secret even as Hunter Biden’s business dealings became a fixation of then-president Donald Trump and other Republicans during the election, and as his finances were investigated by the justice department.
Hunter Biden, who was 51 on Thursday, is the oldest surviving child of the president, who lost his first wife and one-year-old daughter, Naomi, in a 1972 car accident, and son Beau Biden to brain cancer in 2015.
Hunter Biden joined the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in 2014, around the time his father, then vice president, was helping conduct the Obama administration’s foreign policy in that region. Trump and others insisted that he was exploiting his father’s position in his business, and they raised unsubstantiated charges of corruption. In June 2020, Ukrainian prosecutors announced they had found no evidence of wrongdoing by Biden during an audit of Burisma.
The House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump in 2019 after learning that he had pressured Ukraine’s president to announce it was investigating the Bidens. Trump was acquitted by the Senate.
In December, Hunter Biden confirmed that the justice department was looking into his tax affairs. The Associated Press subsequently reported that he had received a subpoena asking about his interactions with numerous business entities. While Trump made clear that he wanted a special counsel to handle the investigation of the Bidens, then-attorney general William Barr did not appoint one. Hunter Biden has denied any wrongdoing.
Books by presidential family members are nothing new. During Trump’s presidency, his son Donald Trump Jr released two books, Triggered and Liberal Privilege.
Simon & Schuster has previously released books by Trump and conservative commentator Sean Hannity, alongside anti-Trump bestsellers such as former national security adviser John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened and Too Much and Never Enough by the former president’s niece Mary Trump.
The publisher was lined up to publish a book by vocal Trump supporter and Missouri senator Josh Hawley, but dropped him in the wake of his encouragement of the violent siege of the US Capitol by Trump supporters on 6 January.
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