Former First Lady Laura Bush did it. Political strategist Karl Rove did it. Former President George W. Bush is doing it. And now, so is former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Having spent the past year teaching at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Gonzales says he plans to publish a memoir about his years in Washington, D.C. He says he has a draft “60 percent completed” and he “intends to devote this summer to writing.” He says he “will open up” in the book adding, “I’m going to get into controversial issues.” He will devote a chapter or two to his Texas career, during which he served as secretary of state and as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court. But he will devote the balance of the book to discussions about his D.C. days. Gonzales says he hasn’t lined up an agent or publisher yet. Gonzales says he also has penned an article that will appear in an upcoming Texas Tech Law Review titled “Waging War With the Constitution.” The article discusses application of the Geneva Conventions and major terrorism cases recently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Gonzales says he and Texas Tech are negotiating the terms of his teaching agreement for the 2010-2011 academic year, but they are not finalized. He says he plans to teach undergraduates during the first semester and graduate students in the second semester, including a course on how the federal government works with state and local governments to combat terrorism. Chris Cook, a spokesman for the university, says Texas Tech expects Gonzales to teach next year.
-- Miriam Rozen