Illinois state Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat who sponsored a state law requiring Blagojevich to surrender book profits if he's convicted, says the memoir is filled with lies. "His legacy is one of corruption, it's one of scandal, it's one of shame," Franks says.
Blagojevich says critics will be proved wrong when hours of wiretapped conversations are heard at his trial. "I'm the anti-Nixon here," he says. "This is the anti-Watergate scandal. I'm not trying to hide anything."
The former governor's bravado fades a bit when he's asked whether he is prepared to go to prison. "I would be lying if I didn't say there's times in the middle of the night sometimes, in the witching hour, where some thoughts cross my mind and I feel fear. Of course I do," he says.
He describes the months since his arrest as "the wilderness period" and "the nightmare."
At Annie's kindergarten graduation, Blagojevich says, he thought about events he might miss if he's convicted and imprisoned. His wife has talked to Amy, their 13-year-old, about what might happen, he says.
In the book, Blagojevich recounts a conversation with his since-deceased mother, Mila, after he won a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 1992. She made him promise to always be honest.
Asked whether he believes he kept that promise, he says, "Very much so. Absolutely."