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Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America [NOOK Book]

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When Governor Mike Huckabee entered the Republican presidential race, he was the ultimate dark horse, with almost no money, no consultants, and no name recognition beyond Arkansas. The so-called experts were highly amused by this former small state governor from blue-collar roots who also played bass in a rock band. He wouldn’t have a prayer against the well-connected and financially wired pros like Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred ...
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When Governor Mike Huckabee entered the Republican presidential race, he was the ultimate dark horse, with almost no money, no consultants, and no name recognition beyond Arkansas. The so-called experts were highly amused by this former small state governor from blue-collar roots who also played bass in a rock band. He wouldn’t have a prayer against the well-connected and financially wired pros like Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson.

But Huckabee had one big advantage: a common sense message that connected with millions of people, and not just his fellow evangelical Christians. He spoke about family values, fair taxes, and helping hard-working, middle-class Americans in a tough economy. And to the dismay of some Republicans, he talked about fighting Wall Street greed and K Street corruption.

Huckabee shocked the country by winning the all-important Iowa caucuses and seven other states, while spending far less than the other major candidates. He created an army of passionate volunteers and small donors, transforming his campaign into a true movement that will endure long after Election Day.

Do The Right Thing is Huckabee’s amazing story, in his own words—from making commercials with Chuck Norris to meeting a Michigan woman who insisted on donating her wedding ring. But this is more than just a campaign memoir. It’s a vision for a smarter, fairer type of politics—“vertical politics”—that focuses on common sense solutions for education, health care, the economy, and many other issues. It’s not about right versus left; it’s about taking America up rather than down.
Huckabee also shows how the Republican Party can heal its divisions—between social and fiscal conservatives, the wealthy and the middle class, the religious and the secular—and become a true majority party again.


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"I'm from Hope, Arkansas, you may have heard of it. All I'm asking is, give us one more chance." Governor Mike Huckabee was relatively unknown when he announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in January 2007. His run for the White House lasted a scant 13 months, but this ordained Baptist minister and public speaker won the goodwill of even those who opposed him. In Do the Right Thing, he describes the back-to-basics movement that he hopes is bringing common sense back to America.
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A rehashing of old-if successful-ground from his 2001 book Getting Things Done, Allen revisits his simple yet comprehensive system of organizing every aspect of one's life for career, professional and personal development-even addressing how to plan a vacation, choose a babysitter or arrange eldercare for a parent. The author's inarguable premise is that a complete and current inventory of commitments organized and reviewed in a systematic way can sharpen focus and allow for wiser decision making. Allen cautions that the book does not provide answers to tricky life choices; its methods will aid in developing the self-assurance to trust one's own solutions. Readers are guided through the process of obtaining control and perspective, organizing tasks and goals to reach the "Getting Things Done" (GTD) "holy grail" of an empty in-basket and e-mail inbox. Although the book purports to expand on the principles of GTD, there's very little new material in this latest offering, which serves more as a sales tool for the first one than for a project all on its own. Those seeking organizational nirvana would do best to invest in the original and give this one a pass. (Dec.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440631139
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/18/2008
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 853,319
  • File size: 363 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee won eight states and more than four million votes during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993 to 1996. Before politics, he worked in broadcasting and advertising and spent twelve years as a pastor and denominational leader. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children, three dogs, and at least that many friends!
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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    Praise From Texas

    As a former lifelong resident of Arkansas (now in Texas), I have met Mike several times in the past. Usually at business related celebrations. The last time, we swapped books. <BR/><BR/>I said this to say that what you get in the book is what you get in real life. He is a very honest, truthful, spiritual person. I have always enjoyed his humor and his overall view of life. I was afraid that big-time politics would change him but very clearly, they have not. <BR/><BR/>The book is one of common sense and a call for unity and clarity in our party. We have lost our way and Mike Huckabee is giving us a valuable roadmap in his latest book. I am sure you will enjoy itas it will stimulate old and new ideas. Several passages in the book will make you pause and wonder 'Why we don't..." or 'Why do we...? <BR/><BR/>I hope you find this review helpful. <BR/><BR/>Michael L. Gooch, SPHR - Author of Wingtips with Spurs

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

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    A great read by a former pastor, governor, and presidential candidate.

    This is a great book to read. If you don't know Mike Huckabee personally, this is a great way to understand who he is, and why he should be our next president. Once done with the book, please share it with your family and friends.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Enjoyable and thought provoking read

    This book is a combination of essays on various issues that are important for our country interspersed with recollections from Gov. Huckabee's presidential bid campaign. As the book says on its cover, it is about common sense and I think Gov. Huckabee communicated well the basics of what makes a healthy society, what is at the root of each problem, be it in economics, healthcare or education. I appreciated him just bringing in the open and thinking through all the issues that we all hoped to hear in all the presidential debates during the election year, but never did.
    His campaign recollections read like an adventure story in many instances.
    By no means is he the man with all the solutions - for example in healthcare chapter he does not go in depth about specifics of what measures will help to improve healthcare around the country, however he correctly points out the specific problems that need to be solved, which is half the solution. He also does not miss an opportunity to highlight the errancy of gov. Romney :)
    Overall a good thought-provoking book that brings common sence to what we can do to make America greater

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

    Huckabee Who??

    Deftly not Obama fever. Mike Hukcabee did a good job with the book. He lectured a great deal. Some good ideas to think about, but very optimistic. <BR/>It will make people of all political parties think about how things should be done in government. Perhaps if enough people read this book Mike Huckabee will be our 45th President.<BR/><BR/>A Good book to read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Loved it!

    You don't need to love Mike Huckabee to enjoy this book. For anyone who is frustrated with today's politics and wondering what happened to good family values and a hard work ethic you will enjoy Mike Huckabee's perspective and his personal and political insight. I even purchased the book twice, after my original was lost on vacation....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    Needed Imperative

    Written following the presidential campaign, it is enlightening regarding not only Gov. Huckabee's conduct of the campaign but opponents also. Highlights values to be encouraged--frugality, loyalty, dedication to country. What a shame he felt it necessary to withdraw!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2009

    Excellent book

    Mike's story was enlightening to every one who reads it. It is a pity he went into the presidential election as such an unknown. He would have gone farther in the polls if the book was written before the election.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

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    Unexpected Yet Average

    I purchased this book as it was on the New York Times Best Sellers List and out of curiosity of the politician who had emerged on the scene during the 2008 Presidential Election nearly out of nowhere. Although interesting at times and there were some great points, I was hoping for more treatment of Mike Huckabee¿s background and experience, more of a biography. There is some of this, however most of the book is an accounting of his campaign and challenges he and his team encountered, which is valuable - if this is what you are looking for. The audio version is read by Mike Huckabee himself, which adds a nice personal touch. A good read if you are curious and it is a pretty quick read, however it could have used more depth in my opinion.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    These books went over very well as Christmas gifts.

    I order several online for a friend who has no online access, and she said her friends loved them.. prompting me to place my own order.<BR/>Thank you so much for carrying great reading.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    Must reading for everyone regardless of their politics

    Huckabee is candid and makes a great case for people taking responsibility as well as what that looks like. Put away your reconceived beliefs about religion or politics and look closely at the concept of personal responsibility.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Huckabee is the Right Thing.

    Mike Huckabee's grassroots movement is an inspiration to read. This book tells how a group of dedicated people backed the man they all believed in to upset the Iowa Caucus. What a wonderful journey of discovery. It shows how each person can make a difference. Read how Mike Huckabee wants to "change" Washington. It will make people of all political parties think about how things should be done in government. Perhaps if enough people read this book Mike Huckabee will be our 45th President.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    Commonsense is the key

    First I would like to tackle the negatives because there are a few. I noticed about 6-8 grammatical errors, if not more, in the book. I found a couple of spelling errors as well such as "he" instead of "the". There is a reference to "Naaman" that should actually be "Nathan". I guess ultimately, the editor is responsible for those but either way, they are mildly disappointing.<BR/><BR/>Before I was finished reading the book, I kept hearing a lot about the Huckabee vs Romney feud being the major focus of this book. IT IS NOT! There are several references to Romney and they are not pleasant but they are not hateful either. I viewed most as fair criticism based on what happened during the Primaries because their feud was indeed the major story. Some of the criticisms or "jabs", as some have called them, were meant as humor and they are easy to differentiate from the others. There were also a couple of references that I did view as whiny but they were limited.<BR/><BR/>The focus of the book is about half reflection and half future. Mike talks about and gives praise to the many people who helped him defy all odds and media bias to eventually finish 2nd in the 2008 GOP Primaries. He talks of the struggle of having no money and no name recognition and how they overcame it. He praises the many volunteers and even names a lot of them. He tells of some very touching stories that are absolutely amazing, and they were not even mentioned in the media. The book is worth the price just for those stories alone.<BR/><BR/>Mike goes into detailed policy on several ideas for our future. He talks about Preventative Healthcare, FairTax, Veterans Bill of Rights, and a few others. He emphasizes how Self-Government is the best Government and how a moral society plays a very important role in reducing the size of Government. He brings up the concept of Civil Service and how it not only benefits our Nation but ultimately, benefits our young Americans. He definitely puts forth some bold and fresh ideas that we should at least think about, all under the concept of Vertical Politics.<BR/><BR/>In the APPENDIX section of the book, he specifically addresses his own record as Governor in regards to Tax Cuts, Tax Increases and Why, and Spending. These are noted as being rebuttals to attacks levied by the Club for Growth and the Cato Institute.<BR/><BR/>Overall, I found the book to be insightful and bold which makes it fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys politics or just enjoys hearing about inspirational stories. This was indeed a journey and not just a group of events.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2008

    a fasinating memoir of the 2008 election

    "do the right thing" is a intresting indepth look at the 2008 election by governor mike huckabee who gave a fasinating behind the scenes account of life on the campaign trail and what it was like planning for the debaits this book also gives the american voter a blue print what they can do to change american values and make a difference in who we plan for with the voting process. mike huckabees books would make a great gift for your familys and friends :character is the issue by mike huckabee,from hope to higher ground,quit digging your grave with a knife and fork by mike huckabee,living beyound your lifetime by mike huckabee, kids who kill by mike huckabee

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Better on tape

    Mike did a good job with the book, but it was way too long. He lectured a great deal. Some good ideas to think about, but very optomistic.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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