Marion Barry's Autobiography Debuts Tuesday

So-called "mayor for life" Marion Barry is embracing the title as his autobiography gets ready to hit bookstands.

"Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." launches Tuesday. While it's not quite a "tell-all," according to the Washington Post, it's a "tell-enough."

A polarizing figure, Barry had served three terms as mayor when he was busted during a drug sting at a downtown hotel in 1990. He sat out a term, and was re-elected in 1994. He is now the councilmember for Ward 8.

In his book, Barry characterizes the bust as a "sideshow" to his efforts to kindle black political power in the district, the Post reports, although the book goes into considerable detail on the bust nonetheless.

Barry also wrote that he never considered himself addicted to anything.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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