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MUD-SLINGING POLITICIANS, IDEOLOGICAL FANATICS, AND APATHETIC NONVOTERS BEWARE: GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA'S GOT A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR YOU.... In his first controversial New York Times bestseller, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, ex-Navy SEAL and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura told the remarkable story of his climb up the Reform Party ladder to the governorship of Minnesota. N MUD-SLINGING POLITICIANS, IDEOLOGICAL FANATICS, AND APATHETIC NONVOTERS BEWARE: GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA'S GOT A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR YOU.... In his first controversial New York Times bestseller, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, ex-Navy SEAL and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura told the remarkable story of his climb up the Reform Party ladder to the governorship of Minnesota. Now, with jackhammer force and candor, Governor Ventura issues an urgent wake-up call to America -- a resounding indictment of our creeping national cynicism, and how our political system rewards mediocrity while turning a blind eye to accountability. In Do I Stand Alone? Ventura sternly warns against the danger of expecting too little from our elected officials. He decries the ease with which most Americans surrender their freedoms and apathetically accept a system of governance driven more by pork and patronage than by the best interests of the constituency. He also denounces an irresponsible media, taking them to task for too often confusing fame with notoriety, and for driving the news instead of simply reporting it. And he unabashedly speaks out on today's hot-button issues, including welfare, racism, youth violence, immigration, abortion, campaign finance reform, and gay rights. Giving us fascinating insights into the future of independent parties, Governor Ventura ushers us deep into the polished corridors of power, exposing the best -- and worst -- of our current crop of political personalities. He offers straightforward, uncompromising profiles of the current presidential candidates, and lays out a workable strategy for bringing our political system -- and its politicians -- back togreatness. In a forthright, razor-sharp, and entertaining critique, Governor Jesse Ventura has once again thrown down the gauntlet -- challenging today's politicians as well as a disenchanted public to transcend the tired rhetoric and defiantly reclaim the freedom and opportunity that is our American birthright.


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MUD-SLINGING POLITICIANS, IDEOLOGICAL FANATICS, AND APATHETIC NONVOTERS BEWARE: GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA'S GOT A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR YOU.... In his first controversial New York Times bestseller, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, ex-Navy SEAL and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura told the remarkable story of his climb up the Reform Party ladder to the governorship of Minnesota. N MUD-SLINGING POLITICIANS, IDEOLOGICAL FANATICS, AND APATHETIC NONVOTERS BEWARE: GOVERNOR JESSE VENTURA'S GOT A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR YOU.... In his first controversial New York Times bestseller, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, ex-Navy SEAL and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura told the remarkable story of his climb up the Reform Party ladder to the governorship of Minnesota. Now, with jackhammer force and candor, Governor Ventura issues an urgent wake-up call to America -- a resounding indictment of our creeping national cynicism, and how our political system rewards mediocrity while turning a blind eye to accountability. In Do I Stand Alone? Ventura sternly warns against the danger of expecting too little from our elected officials. He decries the ease with which most Americans surrender their freedoms and apathetically accept a system of governance driven more by pork and patronage than by the best interests of the constituency. He also denounces an irresponsible media, taking them to task for too often confusing fame with notoriety, and for driving the news instead of simply reporting it. And he unabashedly speaks out on today's hot-button issues, including welfare, racism, youth violence, immigration, abortion, campaign finance reform, and gay rights. Giving us fascinating insights into the future of independent parties, Governor Ventura ushers us deep into the polished corridors of power, exposing the best -- and worst -- of our current crop of political personalities. He offers straightforward, uncompromising profiles of the current presidential candidates, and lays out a workable strategy for bringing our political system -- and its politicians -- back togreatness. In a forthright, razor-sharp, and entertaining critique, Governor Jesse Ventura has once again thrown down the gauntlet -- challenging today's politicians as well as a disenchanted public to transcend the tired rhetoric and defiantly reclaim the freedom and opportunity that is our American birthright.

30 review for Do I Stand Alone?: Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madonna Analla

    This was a good book and it made me highly suspicious of everything I hear and read in the media. So I'm not sure if it was worth the read since it made me question everything I hear. I wasn't so sure about politicians and the government before I read this but now it makes me feel like we could do away with all of it. So it was great but it made me very frustrated. This was a good book and it made me highly suspicious of everything I hear and read in the media. So I'm not sure if it was worth the read since it made me question everything I hear. I wasn't so sure about politicians and the government before I read this but now it makes me feel like we could do away with all of it. So it was great but it made me very frustrated.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    I liked it. I agree with most of the politics in this book, which are of a centrist libertarian type. Ventura does a good job attacking the two party system and the media. He also explains the issues sensibly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lance Lumley

    As a wrestling fan, I knew of Jesse Ventura's career before he made it in politics. I followed his run in politics, and found this book at a library book sale. I have read his first book, and with the last Presidential election, where an "outsider" won , I thought I'd read this and compare it with today's politics. Ventura writes his views on how corrupt both parties are in Washington, along with his problems with the media, whom he states are just entertainers now (instead of just stating the ne As a wrestling fan, I knew of Jesse Ventura's career before he made it in politics. I followed his run in politics, and found this book at a library book sale. I have read his first book, and with the last Presidential election, where an "outsider" won , I thought I'd read this and compare it with today's politics. Ventura writes his views on how corrupt both parties are in Washington, along with his problems with the media, whom he states are just entertainers now (instead of just stating the news). The book has his thoughts on the apathy of voters to get involved even locally, to some of his interpretations on certain amendments in the Constitution. His opinion in the book on the education system, illegal immigration , and welfare are covered here. The last chapter deals with his opinions on the 2000 Presidential election. Also his take on his famous Playboy interview that got him heat in the news. A surprising part of the book is how he speaks of the Bush's, John McCain, and The Clintons (it may surprise the readers). Overall this is a neat book to read, whether or not you agree with his stance. I do not agree with a lot of his views now, but I still respect his writing in these early works. He may be controversial, but he has first hand experience in politics, and writes an entertaining book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike Hammer

    this book was dissappointing i read most of it and skimmed parts that were just marketing nonsense and skipped some stuff on the reform party which is barely around anymore since ross perot died ventura was an outsider, independent, non politician who got elected and i was hoping for his insights on the political process he got thrown into but it was a book of mostly self congratulatory bluster which ventura used to hype himself and only about 10 to 20 pages of insight on political processes sadly

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Belanger

    I enjoyed this even more than his first book. While his first book, I Ain't Got Time To Bleed, spends a lot of pages detailing Jesse Ventura's very interesting life so far, this book spends the majority of its pages discussing politics, the media, and all the problems inherent in both. I knew or suspected most of what he discusses, and still there are things in here that surprised me... and annoyed me... and disgusted me... This book is a well-written attack on most of what's wrong in our country I enjoyed this even more than his first book. While his first book, I Ain't Got Time To Bleed, spends a lot of pages detailing Jesse Ventura's very interesting life so far, this book spends the majority of its pages discussing politics, the media, and all the problems inherent in both. I knew or suspected most of what he discusses, and still there are things in here that surprised me... and annoyed me... and disgusted me... This book is a well-written attack on most of what's wrong in our country. Even being a few years out of date, I still think this book should be a must-read for every American. He presents many major issues and his commentary on each is a very centrist point of view. Basically, live and let live. Politics as usual is a pretty disgusting affair, and it's not a career path I think I could cope with. The mainstream media makes things much worse by trying to sensationalize everything. But I think Mr. Ventura is right. It will take all of us working together to effect real change. Does he stand alone? No, I don't believe so. There are very few people prepared to dive into the political system to help, and a vast army of opponents waiting to fight everything these few visionaries try to accomplish. Most of the rest of us are waiting in the wings, watching and hoping for candidates like Mr. Ventura. I can't tell you the last time I voted for someone; I usually vote against someone else instead. There are many like me--Mr. Ventura estimates 60% to 70% of the country is in this middle ground--and we need candidates like this man. You may not agree with everything he says, but there are two things you can count on with him: he cares enough to actually listen to your point of view, and he'll speak his mind regardless of the consequences. In today's political landscape, both these things are rare, and I for one find both admirable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carl Alves

    I was skeptical when I started reading this book. Knowing that Ventura's political career flamed out, I had my doubts, but I've always found Ventura to be an interesting and colorful character. What I found was that Jesse Ventura presented logical arguments in a clear and concise fashion. His viewpoints were well thought out and explained well. I even found myself agreeing with some of these points. Some I thought were out in left field, but even when I disagreed with him, he still put together I was skeptical when I started reading this book. Knowing that Ventura's political career flamed out, I had my doubts, but I've always found Ventura to be an interesting and colorful character. What I found was that Jesse Ventura presented logical arguments in a clear and concise fashion. His viewpoints were well thought out and explained well. I even found myself agreeing with some of these points. Some I thought were out in left field, but even when I disagreed with him, he still put together sound thoughts. The book was also entertaining. Even if you don't subscribe to former governor/wrestler's political ideas, you should still find this to be a good read. Carl Alves - author of Blood Street

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mark Van hout

    An OK book that showed the challenges Ventura had as a governor. He really did have a tough slog with the press hounding him at every opportunity. Not sure I would recommend this book, but I wouldn't advise against it either. An OK book that showed the challenges Ventura had as a governor. He really did have a tough slog with the press hounding him at every opportunity. Not sure I would recommend this book, but I wouldn't advise against it either.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gino Filicetti

    False

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tree

    This was a good book by a man that isnt afraid to say how it is. He also does what he says he is going to do!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Toesnorth's mom

    good, politics

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