Fans can get enlightened with new release
Chael Sonnen's debut book, "The Voice of Reason: A VIP Pass to Enlightenment," hits bookstore shelves Tuesday, as well as online book retailers. Finally – after weeks of Sonnen promoting it by saying it was already atop the New York Times best-seller list.
Sonnen gets his long-awaited rematch with Anderson Silva at UFC 148 for the middleweight title. And a win in two months might keep the book a hot commodity.
The book, according to a press release, is a "hybrid behind-the-scenes look into the sport of mixed martial arts, a personal memoir and a political manifesto on the way the world should be – all rolled into one."
"This book had to be written," Sonnen said in the release. "The world demanded it, and as the people’s unofficial leader, I felt compelled to bestow upon them the truth as they needed to see it ... through my own eyes. I know how the world works. I’ve been face-to-face with presidents, wardens, dignitaries, judges, kings and queens and athletic commissions and learned something from every one of them. Now it’s time to pass that knowledge along."
The book carries a list price of $24.95, but currently is available for at Amazon.com for $14.85.
Sonnen, apart from being the top contender to Silva's middleweight title – and the man who has come closest to beating him in the UFC – also has dabbled in politics and real estate, the latter of which found him pleading guilty to a money laundering charge in a mortgage fraud ring that lost him his license. The University of Oregon product also promises to touch on "the truth about history, politics, endangered species, cinema, terrorists, music, particle accelerators, diets, a culture of fear and his plans for creating a Chaelocracy, or as he calls it, 'a better earth.'"
Sonnen joins numerous other MMA standouts who have put their words into book form, including Forrest Griffin, Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Brock Lesnar and Tito Ortiz, all within the last several years.