David Axelrod

Former senior adviser to President Barack Obama David Axelrod takes the stage at Chicago Live! (Marina Makropoulos, for the Chicago Tribune / July 28, 2011)

The architect of President Barack Obama's political narrative has a new story to tell: His own.

David Axelrod, Obama's longtime confidant and former strategist, will pen a "personal biography of his professional life," according to publisher Penguin Press, which announced the deal on Tuesday.

The memoir will reflect on Axelrod's decades of political experience, from his days as a young newspaperman at the Chicago Tribune to his time as the president's senior adviser. In addition to dishing on his 20-year friendship with Obama, the book is expected to include tales about a range of other political figures, from Hillary Clinton and Deval Patrick to John Edwards and Rod Blagojevich.

"I have taken an extraordinary journey, filled with rich history and unforgettable characters," Axelrod said in a statement. "In this book, I look forward to sharing them, and reflecting on the enormous change I've seen over a lifetime in journalism and politics."

Axelrod has said that the Obama campaign was his last. He is now a television commentator and inaugural director of the University of Chicago's new Institute of Politics. Publication of the memoir is expected in the fall of 2014.

kgeiger@tribune.com