05/18/2010 11:26 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Fred Thompson On His Small Town Childhood: New Book, 'Teaching The Pig To Dance' Out Today (VIDEO)

Former senator (and former presidential hopeful) Fred Thompson has a new book out today, "Teaching the Pig to Dance," in which he muses about his small-town Tennessee upbringing and details his journey to Washington and Hollywood. On "Good Morning America" this morning, Thompson talked about the differences between his childhood and the generation growing up today -- it's the first generation, he said, where parents can't be sure that their kids will have a better life than they did.

In the book, Thompson talks about his own childhood, and how important his family was to him, offering support even when he almost flunked out of high school. It was "an economy where you could do whatever you wanted to," he said.

You can read an excerpt from "Teaching the Pig to Dance" at the "Good Morning America" website.