Don't Start the Revolution without Me!

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Jesse Ventura has had many lives—as a Navy SEAL, as a star of pro wrestling, as an actor, and as the governor of Minnesota. His previous books, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed and Do I Stand Alone?, were both national bestsellers. Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! is the story of his controversial gubernatorial years and his life since deciding not to seek a second term as governor in 2002. Written with award-winning author Dick Russell at a secluded location on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Ventura's bestselling book...
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Overview


Jesse Ventura has had many lives—as a Navy SEAL, as a star of pro wrestling, as an actor, and as the governor of Minnesota. His previous books, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed and Do I Stand Alone?, were both national bestsellers. Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! is the story of his controversial gubernatorial years and his life since deciding not to seek a second term as governor in 2002. Written with award-winning author Dick Russell at a secluded location on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Ventura's bestselling book reveals for the first time why he left politics—and why he is now considering reentering the arena with a possible independent run for the presidency.

In a fast-paced and often humorous narrative, Ventura pulls no punches in discussing our corrupt two-party system, the disastrous war in Iraq, and what he suspects really happened on September 11. He provides personal insights into the Clinton and Bush presidencies, and elaborates on the ways in which third parties are rendered impotent by the country's two dominant parties. He reveals the illegal role of the CIA in states like Minnesota, sensitive and up-to-date information on the Blackwater security firm, the story of the American spies who shadowed him on a trade mission to Cuba, and what Fidel Castro told him about who really assassinated President John F. Kennedy. This unique political memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction that America will take.

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Former pro wrestler and Minnesota governor Ventura (Do I Stand Alone?) has been awakened out of semiretirement by his outrage over the grievous state of the country and his need to once again exercise his enormous ego by rehashing events from his life and political career. He holds forth in his typical blunt, anti-intellectual style on a range of topics including the Rolling Stones, Fidel Castro and 9/11 conspiracy theories. His diatribes are loosely linked to a travelogue as Ventura and his wife drive to Baja California in their truck-camper. Excerpts from interviews and his wife's diaries provide a welcome break from Ventura's boorish tone (although his anecdotes-particularly one involving the Dalai Lama and the film Caddyshack-are occasionally amusing). The book concludes with Ventura combining his three passions: wrestling, politics and self-adulation when he imagines running for President on a WWE ticket. Whether the reader will find that a horrifying fantasy or a hilarious one will largely determine how they feel about this book. (May)

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Those tired of reading about the 2008 presidential candidates may wish to turn to these books by U.S. politicians expressing varying degrees of separation-even alienation- from current party dogma. Hagel, senior Republican senator from Nebraska, is popular in his home state, but he has faced attacks from fellow Republicans for his outspoken objection to the Iraq War and the Bush administration's foreign policy. His book with eclectic journalist Kaminsky (American Waters: Flyfishing Journeys of a Native Son) is a thoughtful and provocative assessment of current U.S. policy and loss of stature in the eyes of our allies. Hagel evaluates U.S. diplomatic relations and stresses the need for consensus building and collaboration with other countries' leaders. He expresses dismay at the current divisive, partisan political climate and rejects the position that criticism of the Republican administration is disloyal or unpatriotic. A former business owner, he also discusses economic issues and tax policy, expressing a more conventional, business-oriented Republican philosophy.

Specter, the centrist Republican senator from Pennsylvania, ventures in his book with attorney Scaturro (The Supreme Court's Retreat from Reconstruction) to theorize that the stress he suffered as he fought with more conservative Republicans to obtain the Senate Judiciary chairmanship-his comments on the nomination process for Supreme Court justices were interpreted by some fellow party members as a challenge to Bush's authority-as well as the stress of strenuous primary and general election campaigns may have contributed to his contracting Hodgkin's disease. He details his determination to maintain anormal work (and workout) routine during his successful chemotherapy treatment and also provides extensive behind-the-scenes reports on the actual approval processes for Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

Former Minnesota governor Ventura is the ultimate political outsider, and he couldn't be happier in that role. His book, with environmental journalist Russell, is a combination memoir and call-to-rally as he and his wife travel across the West and down the Baja Peninsula. All his dislike for the two-party system and the media and his distrust of government, the CIA, and the military-industrial complex are displayed in an engaging, sometimes humorous, assessment of his experiences as governor. He reminisces about his trip to Cuba, where he met Castro, and he proposes solutions to environmental, economic, and foreign-policy problems facing the world today. In the epilog he holds out the possibility that he may open a third-party campaign for President this year. All three books offer insights and thoughtful perspectives on current U.S. political issues and are recommended for public libraries.
—Jill Ortner Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602397163
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 378,450
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jesse Ventura
Jesse Ventura is the former governor of Minnesota and author of four national bestsellers, including 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. Ventura is the host of the television show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV.

Dick Russell is a nationally respected activist, environmentalist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including, with Jesse Ventura, The New York Times bestsellers 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. He is also the author of On the Trail of the JFK Assassins and The Man Who Knew Too Much. Russell has been published in many of the nation's top magazines and has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Country at a Crossroads ix

1 The Need for a New Adventure 1

2 The Road to the Arena 25

3 Down That Texas Trail 47

4 Thinking Politics in Bush Country 65

5 Crossing Borders: A Curious Sense of Security 83

6 Breaking Down Barriers: China and Cuba 101

7 Transitions: Down Mexico Highway 5 123

8 Longing for Light Rail 143

9 Money, Sports, and Politics: A Universal Language 161

10 The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same 179

11 In the Eye of the Hurricane 199

12 At Conception Bay 215

13 Reflections on TV and Teaching 235

14 Thinking War in a Peaceful Place 257

15 Musing in Baja on Changing the System 275

16 A Character in Search of an Ending 291

Epilogue: Why I Didn't Run in 2008 (and Still Might Someday) 305

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2009

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    candidate jessie venturias blueprint for the white house

    "dont start the revolution with out me" is a very intresting book and very hard to put down. it is governor venturias vision for what he wants for a possible run for the white house. this bestseller has an exellent blue print for the voters for a blue print for a 3rd party. I got to read this recently and got to know this candidate and were he stands on the issues. I feel it is really great for everyone to get educated and one of the best ways is to read the candidates books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

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    Impossible to enjoy on a Nook

    The documents are not able to be enlarged on the Nook and the text is too small to read. Very much enjoyed the book, but when I am unable to read the documents I bought the book to read it renders this purchase almost pointless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Absorbing read

    Really interesting, hard to put down. I agree with most of his opinions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    Very Disappointing

    I don't think I have ever been more disappointed with a book than this one. Ventura's book is clearly an example of a man using his name recognition for the sole purpose of making money! This book is all about him and has nothing to do with saving our citizens from this "out of control" corrupt government as the title suggest. Given the sad state of recent Minnesota politics, I am beginning to understand how he got into the governor's office in the first place. This man is no savior of any kind; he is simply another liberal masquerading as an independent. He is just another self-serving politician interested only in fulfilling his own personal agenda. It is an incredibility-disappointing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    This is a fun book to read

    This is a fun and interesting book. I stayed up late a few nights just so I could read yet another chapter. Ventura tells you the story of his years as Govenor of Minnesota, and what he has done since that time. He is a very down to earth guy with a great sense of humor. I live in the neighboring State of Wisconsin, I wish we had a Govenor like Ventura instead of the clowns we have had. I very much agree with him on how useless this two party system of Democrats and Republicans is. He has it right on how slanted and skewed Fox News is. He hits the nail on the head about the Christian right, how phoney and corrupt they really are. The book is filled with interesting anecdotes from his Navy Seal days, wrestling days, time as Govenor, and his fellowship at Harvard. Ventura can think for himself. He doesn't buy the official line about Oswald acting alone in the JFK assasination. He questions what we have been told about the events of 911. From reading this book, it is clear that Ventura is an intelligent guy. Somebody who is always ready for the next challenge that life has. I agree with him on almost everything. The only area where Ventura and I part ways is where he buys into Al Gore's 'Global Warming' crusade. As skeptical and independently thinking as Ventura is I'm surprised he bought that. He ends the book with him thinking about running for President as an Independent in the 2008 race. I hope he does run for President. It would be great to have someone who can actually think in the White House.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Disappointing

    Man, I feel as if he's gotten off track of being truly independent and come more and more into the camp of the far left. The differences between this book and his first 'I Ain't Got Time To Bleed', which I loved, are so vastly different I feel as if he's just not the same person he used to be. I dont feel as if he can call himself an Independent any longer when 95% of his arguments are spent bashing just Republicans. It saddens me to say that he must give it up... he's no longer a fellow Independent, but simply just another Democrat in disguise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    Vote me as your next president and I'll bring Jesse to the White House!!!

    It was awesome and it's to bad the powers that be won't let Jesse be President or my vice President

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Stay with what you know.

    The things people do to get attention to something...'new book' read my book campaign, i'm running for office. I say stick to what you know...what is that? I know, selling books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Great read!

    Very interesting perspective on the state of politics, eye opening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2008

    So Inspiring! So Powerful!

    A great book! I was truly shocked reading about some of his encounters with other members of the U.S. Government. This guy is a true American,,, period. A true patriot. Keep speaking Jesse, people are waking up! Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Ventura for President of USA

    Outstanding work, couldn't be better!

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