I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up

I Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Reworking the Body Politic from the Bottom Up

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by Jesse Ventura, Ventura
     
 

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May 1999

Earlier this year, Jesse Ventura shocked the political world when he was unexpectedly elected governor of Minnesota. In I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, Ventura reveals the secrets of his remarkable electoral upset while mapping his political strategies for a new era in American government. Ventura tells the colorful story of his life,

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May 1999

Earlier this year, Jesse Ventura shocked the political world when he was unexpectedly elected governor of Minnesota. In I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, Ventura reveals the secrets of his remarkable electoral upset while mapping his political strategies for a new era in American government. Ventura tells the colorful story of his life, from his experiences with the Navy SEALS to his stint in Hollywood and ultimately -- having taken on apathetic voters, career politicians, and bloated government -- to his political climb to become governor of Minnesota. Get a taste of Ventura's no-holds-barred memoir by reading the excerpt below.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura describes his politics and his life with a simplicity that his supporters will cheer as fist-shaking bolts of truth and that his detractors will pan as loud, flippant and glib. The text first outlines Ventura's political platform ("less government is more" just about sums it up), then tracks his life through roles as blue-collar bad boy, Navy Seal, pro wrestler, wrestling commentator, film star, mayor, talk-radio host and, finally, campaigner and governor. Ventura likes to play the angry man in the bar complaining about the bums in office. Like most Reform Party candidates, he doesn't believe government can do much anyway. Eighty percent of the book is autobiography, a series of American success stories about the man who doesn't believe in the word can't. His ego appears to play such a large role in his persona that even his claim that he doesn't want to be called upon to be president exudes a scent of sham modesty. Ventura fan or not, any reader can appreciate the story of this man's desire to unseat "the old boy network" and engage the people. But the chapters on his entertainment years, and Ventura's incessant name-dropping, ultimately undermine his premise--that he isn't a politician, just a private-sector Joe. At times, Ventura is so entertaining that readers might forget, temporarily, that he's a celebrity politician employing the advantage of his fame. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The packaging for this audio describes it as half "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." Mr. Smith wanted to channel federal dollars to fund a visionary national boys camp; Ventura wants to take funds away from government programs to give tax cuts to individuals. This three-hour whining session contains not one other shred of real policy--just complaints about unfair government practices. It's the sad story of a frat house-style rebellion on Minnesota campuses that reeled horribly out of control and for which now the people of that state must suffer through the inane antics and ignorant thought processes of Ventura for the next few years. The hardest part is the governor's gloating about how the election was the result of his "plan," and how (who knows?) the next stop may be the presidency of the United States. Definitely not recommended.--Mark Pumphrey, Polk Cty. P.L., Columbus, NC Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375503320
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/18/1999
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.82(d)

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The jewel in the crown of this year was my meeting with Muhammed Ali. He was one of my heroes when I was growing up, and it was a thrill and an honor to meet him. He's got this gorgeous multi-acre place bordered on three sides by rivers. It was once owned by Al Capone. Ali showed me the tunnel that leads from the house down to the river, which Capone had built in case he needed to make a quick getaway.

The day I went to meet Ali, I had my two security troopers with me, and we were joined by a trooper from Indiana and another from Michigan. The five of us were standing in Ali's kitchen with him and his assistant. The assistant said, "Mohammed, do you feel strong enough to levitate today?" Ali smiled, closed his eyes, and slowly raised himself two or three inches off the kitchen floor.

I was looking at the troopers to make sure they were seeing the same thing I was seeing. I truly don't know how he did it. If it's a trick, he does it well. But then again he did always say that he could "float like a butterfly, and sting like a bee.

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Jesse Ventura
"I have nothing to hide; I am who I am. I got elected governor just by being who I am, so I owe it to the people who voted for me to keep on being me. I come from working-class origins, and my values reflect that. I believe in simplicity, hard work, and independence. I love a challenge. I love living life to the fullest. I've worked hard for everything I've achieved. I've taken risks along the way, and I have very few regrets. The story of how I got there is bigger than me; it's bigger than any one person. If you want to understand where I'm coming from, read on." --Jesse Ventura

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