Ron DeSantis will publish a new book in February as his popularity soars


Ron DeSantis has penned a new book chronicling his life in public service, as his popularity soars and speculation grows he will run for president in 2024.

The Republican Florida Governor, who this month won re-election by a landslide, will publish his new book in February. It is being seen by some political analysts as a manifesto, and another step towards his potential White House bid.

The autobiography, called ‘The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival’, is expected to cover key moments in DeSantis’s life.

The book will tell his story ‘growing up in a working-class family, playing in the Little League World Series, working his way through Yale University and Harvard Law School, volunteering for the Navy after 9/11 and serving in Iraq,’ Fox News said.

Ron DeSantis (pictured Nov. 19) has penned a new book chronicling his life in public service, as his popularity soars and speculation grows he will run for president in 2024

The Republican Florida Governor, who this month won re-election by a landslide, will publish his new book in February. It is being seen by some political analysts as a manifesto - but will also detail his marriage to former news and TV host Casey DeSantis, her battle with breast cancer, and the three children they share together. Pictured: The DeSantis family

The Republican Florida Governor, who this month won re-election by a landslide, will publish his new book in February. It is being seen by some political analysts as a manifesto – but will also detail his marriage to former news and TV host Casey DeSantis, her battle with breast cancer, and the three children they share together. Pictured: The DeSantis family

It will also shed new light on his marriage to former news and TV host Casey DeSantis, her battle with breast cancer, and the three children they share together.

DeSantis’ popularity has soared in the last two years. In a midterm election that saw results go worse than expected for Republicans, he was a stand-out winner.

He won re-election for a second term as Florida governor with a landslide, beating Democrat Charlie Crist with almost 60 percent of the vote – in further sign of Florida’s Republican wave.

Meanwhile, a poll earlier this month weighing up potential 2024 candidates found DeSantis is now seven points ahead of former president Donald Trump.

The autobiography, called 'The Courage to Be Free: Florida's Blueprint for America's Revival', will be published in February

The autobiography, called ‘The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival’, will be published in February

The YouGov poll was the first survey looking at the 2024 election cycle – as well as being the first since February 2016 to suggest that Trump’s dominance over the GOP is weakening. It found 42 percent of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents now prefer DeSantis over Trump to be the party’s 2024 standard-bearer.

DeSantis’s surge has been put down to his assault on what he calls ‘woke’ values. In his victory speech at his campaign’s headquarters, he declared: ‘Florida is where woke goes to die,’ saying Florida voters had ‘rewritten the political map’.

He has also supported Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law and Stop W.O.K.E. Act – both of which have proved controversial and have faced lawsuits, but have proved popular among Republicans, particularly those in Trump’s MAGA camp.

DeSantis’s autobiography will be his second book, and will be published on February 28 by Broadside, the conservative arm of HarperCollins Publishing – which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

In a statement shared via Fox News (which, like HarperCollins, falls under Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – albeit under different umbrella companies) – Broadside said the book will ‘enter on critical issues that brought [DeSantis] to the center of the debate over the future of our country. 

‘He shares his thinking from when he was fighting back against COVID mandates and restrictions, critical race theory, woke corporations’ and what Broadside describes as ‘the partisan legacy media.’ The statement added that the book will detail DeSantis’s ‘bold, substantial policy achievements.’

In a statement to Fox News, DeSantis said Florida has established ‘a blueprint for governance that has produced tangible results while serving as a rebuke to the entrenched elites who have driven our nation into the ground.’  

Many in the Republican party fear that should Trump and DeSantis (pictured together in 2019) go head-to-head in the 2024 presidential primaries, the party could tear itself apart

Many in the Republican party fear that should Trump and DeSantis (pictured together in 2019) go head-to-head in the 2024 presidential primaries, the party could tear itself apart

DeSantis is yet to make any formal announcement about a potential White House bid. He has previously discounted talk of a 2024 presidential run, instead focusing on his gubernatorial re-election, which will see him remain as Florida’s governor until 2026 – unless he chooses to step down.

Regardless, he has become a major face of the Republican party, and the possibility of him running has appeared to rattle Trump – who announced his own 2024 bid earlier this month. ‘He could hurt himself badly,’ Trump told reporters when asked about the possibility of going up against DeSantis for the Republican candidacy.

Many in the Republican party fear that should the pair go head-to-head in the 2024 presidential primaries, the party could tear itself apart.