When a Wall Street banker talks about great investment opportunities in China, the forceful political crackdown on Chinese entrepreneurs notwithstanding, you say, “he is talking his book.”
That means he is putting profits for his clients and his bank ahead of the truth.
You can also call it suspension of disbelief, the intentional avoidance of critical thinking or logic.
When you experience a setback, layoff, or termination and begin to explain what happened, you are now talking “your book,” which means telling your story in the most favorable terms to preserve your career equity, your reputation.
The internet opens the flow of news at all levels. The autocratic shenanigans of Premier XI are visible. Everyone knows the risks to investors, but this open flow of information also means that what happened to you is known.
You cannot wait until an interview to decide what you will say about your departure.