Herman Cain to release a memoir in October

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain speaks at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Friday, June 17, 2011. Tough talk from the candidates vying for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination has escalated in recent weeks into a game of one-upsmanship at a thousands-strong Republican gathering.
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Herman Cain speaks during a press conference by the Tea Party Express at the National Press Club Aug. 4, 2010 in Washington, DC.
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In what seems to be a right of passage for all potential and actual presidential candidates, Herman Cain has signed a book deal.

The book will be titled "Who is Herman Cain?" and will be a memoir released in October by Threshold Editions, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, The New York Times reports. (Editor's note: Simon & Schuster is a division of CBS.)

Cain, a Tea Party favorite, will write about his professional successes as a mathematician for the Department of the Navy, a talk show host and a chief executive of Godfather's Pizza, the Times reports. The book will also discuss Cain's conservative social values.

Most of Cain's competitors, from former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, already have books out, and an announcement is expected soon for a book by Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Associated Press reports.

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Cain has made a relatively strong showing in the early GOP presidential nomination race, coming in third in a recent Iowa straw poll, behind Romney and Bachmann.

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.