Richland native and former boss at the Pentagon James Mattis will release a book July 16, but don't expect any dirt from the former Secretary of Defense to divulge or dish out.

If you're looking for a "tell-all" type of yarn, sorry, this is not a read for you.

"Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead" is co-written by Bing West and will span Jim Mattis' storied career, but only briefly addresses the events of the last couple of years in the Trump administration, as this "expansive account" was under contract before Mattis agreed to his cabinet post in early 2017.

The book covers conflicts from Afghanistan to Iraq and he uses those experiences for lessons on war and peace.

From the AP:

My purpose in writing this book is to convey some of the lessons I learned in 43 years of service for those who might benefit, whether in the military or in civilian life. I'm old-fashioned: I don’t write about sitting Presidents, so those looking for a tell-all will be disappointed. I want to pass on the lessons and experiences that prepared me for challenges I could not anticipate, not take up the hot political rhetoric of our day.”

This is Mattis' first public statement since resigning (effectively "fired" says the President) in December of 2018.

The book’s title comes from Mattis’ call sign “Chaos” while he led the 7th Marine Regiment in the mid-1990s.

(Trump had favored calling him “Mad Dog,” a nickname Mattis disdained. Chaos is an acronym for Colonel Has An Outstanding Solution.

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