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Gingrichs to Hold Book Signing in Annapolis Saturday

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich are each promoting their own historical books.

Former House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista Gingrich will be in Annapolis on Saturday signing their new books as part of a national tour.

"After a long and contentious election, we want to remind the American people that we have a great country," Callista Gingrich said. "This book is a pro-American book. It's not meant to be a Republican book or a conservative book. It's about the patriotic values of our nation."

The signing will take place at Sam's Club at 2100 Generals Hwy. starting at 11 a.m. People hoping to meet the Gingrichs do not need to be members of the club, and both books will be available for purchase.

Callista Gingrich's book is called "Land of the Pilgrim's Pride," and follows an elephant named Ellis as he time travels to each of America's original 13 colonies. It's the second book in the Ellis series, which are history books geared towards children ages 4 to 8.

Her husband's book "Victory at Yorktown" is history for adults. It's the third and final volume in a series about George Washington that Newt Gingrich co-wrote with William Forstchen. The books chronicle Washington's military life during the Revolutionary War.

"Annapolis has played a very key role in American history," Newt Gingrich said. "We thought Ellis and George ought to visit Annapolis on our book tour."

Annapolis' Statehouse is where George Washington resigned his commission of the Continental Army at the end of the Revolutionary War and where the first discussions about revamping the Articles of Confederation took place.

Gingrich noted that Annapolis played a role in shaping America's modern political history as well.

"The Contract with America was first discussed at a Senate Republican retreat in Annapolis in 1994," Gingrich said. "It's a historic city in its own right."

Gingrich said his latest book offers readers "a better sense of how much moral courage it took" and "how big the gambles were" for Washington and his army.

The former speaker also thinks his three-volume series could offer some insight on governance for today's political leaders.

"At a time when our country is trying to sort out a host of different problems, Washington is a good person to study to see what real leadership is about," Gingrich said. "Washington was very good in remembering first principles and doing the right thing even when it was very painful. I wish we had more leadership in the Washington tradition."

As to whether he sees himself as being a part of that leadership in the future, the former speaker said it's possible.

"Over the last decade we've produced seven documentaries and published more than two dozen books. I think we will continue doing both," Newt Gingrich said. "That doesn't automatically rule out a future run for office."

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