Due out in November-around the time Gingrich will make up his mind about entering the presidential race-the book is cowritten with Terry Maple, former director of Zoo Atlanta. "Terry and I wrote A Contract With the Earth to push conservatives back to their environmental roots vis-a-vis Teddy Roosevelt," Gingrich tells us.
Like his 1994 Contract With America, Gingrich's book will highlight a 10-point plan that the publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press, says "promotes ingenuity over rhetoric" and calls for a "bipartisan environmentalism." It's already received endorsements from Nature Conservancy President Steve McCormick and Wildlife Society Executive Director Michael Hutchins.
A source at the publishing house says Newt fans shouldn't be surprised to learn he's a tree-hugger: "For quite a while, Gingrich has been concerned that the U.S. has not been a leader in environmental issues."
By Paul Bedard