Fmr. Minneapolis mayor to tell all about his time in office in 'Pothole Confidential'


Having served as its mayor for 12 years, R.T. Rybak arguably wrote the book on the modern Minneapolis.

But the 59-year-old will have literally written the book on Minnesota's largest city when he releases his memoir, "Pothole Confidential: My Life as Mayor of Minneapolis," this coming spring.


According to its publisher, the University of Minnesota Press, the former mayor's book will offer his personal take on the "challenges and crises" that emerged during his three terms in office, including the collapse of the I-35W bridge in 2007, the rise of "youth violence," and the fight over gay marriage.

The publisher says Rybak, a Democrat, approaches his story with "refreshing candor and insight," but adds that the book is also an "often funny depiction" of what it's like to be the mayor of a major American city.

But you know what they say about politicians who release books.

The Star Tribune says "Pothole Confidential" is "sure to stoke speculation about Rybak's political ambitions." The paper points out he ran for governor in 2010 and that he has indicated an interest in running for office in the future.

Similarly, many wondered whether U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar might have her eyes on the Oval Office itself when she released her memoir, "The Senator Next Door," earlier this year. The Democratic senator has not indicated what her long-term goals are, however.

Speculation aside, Rybak's book comes out in April and will be available in both hardcover and e-book formats for $24.95, the University of Minnesota Press says.

Rybak served as mayor from 2002 to 2014. He is currently the executive director of Generation Next, a non-profit education group.

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