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

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When he left the navy SEALs to become a pro wrestler, the fans knew him as "Jesse, the Body."

When he hosted his hard-hitting KFAN radio talk show, he became "Jesse, the Mouth."

And now that this body-slamming, straight-talking, charismatic hero is masterminding Minnesota's gubernatorial decisions, you'd better start calling him "Jesse, the Mind."


When he left the navy SEALs to become a pro wrestler, the fans knew him as "Jesse, the Body."

When he hosted his hard-hitting KFAN radio talk show, he became "Jesse, the Mouth."

And now that this body-slamming, straight-talking, charismatic hero is masterminding Minnesota's gubernatorial decisions, you'd better start calling him "Jesse, the Mind."

In I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, Jesse Ventura reveals the secret of his landslide electoral success—with record voter turnout—and maps his innovative strategies for pioneering a new era in American government. In his own inimitable words, he takes on bloated government, career politicians, and apathetic voters, and tells the wildly colorful story of his days as a navy SEAL, his nights in the pro-wrestling ring, and his experiences on radio and in films like Predator and Batman and Robin .

I Ain't Got Time to Bleed is Rocky meets Mr. Smith Goes to Washington—a book that will challenge readers' ideas of traditional government as it introduces them to one of American politics' most ferocious new heroes.

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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Our final big push came seventy-two hours before the election. We rented some RVs, set up a live Internet feed, and headed out on a thirty-four-stop trip around the state, straight through, no sleep. But I knew from my background that I could do it-it was less than half of Hell Week!

As those all-important last hours ticked down, we stole all the thunder from the other two campaigns. The press jumped on board with us, because we were having all the fun. We invited people, "Come along! Jump in your cars and come with us for as long as you want to go!" We had times when we were going down the highway with twenty-five cars tooting their horns, waving banners and flags. We came into cities in a whirlwind of noise. Later, people rushed home and jumped on the Internet to see if they could see pictures of themselves. There was running commentary, "Jesse's now left for Hutchinson. . . ." We literally stole all the publicity and all the momentum that weekend. That's when I started to believe we had a shot at winning. I always knew we had an outside chance, but that's the first time the possibility really began to seem real to me.

Even Terry started to feel it. She went on the seventy-two-hour blitz with us. It was her first real involvement in the campaign. I had told her from the start that I didn't expect her to be part of it unless she wanted to be. She could be as little or as much involved as she liked.

It was during that blitz that my confrontation with Hillary Clinton took place. It was on Saturday-I think we were in Rochester that morning-that Hillary had come into town to stump for Humphrey. One of the press guys came up to me and said, "Did you hear what Hillary Clinton said about you? She said it's time to end the carnival sideshow act that's going on here and get down to the business of electing Skip Humphrey. How do you feel about Hillary Clinton calling you a carnival sideshow act?"

I said, "It seems to me, rather than being concerned about Minnesota politics, Hillary should be more concerned about leaving Bill home alone. He seems to get into a lot of mischief whenever she leaves him." You wanna start the fight, the Klingon's gonna draw the line in the sand. Strike us, and you make us stronger.

From the Hardcover edition.

What People are saying about this

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

Meet the Author

Jesse Ventura the Governor of Minnesota, lives with his wife and their teenaged son and daughter in Saint Paul.

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I enjoyed this book for the most part and some of his political ideas. However I did feel like I was with him when he was describing his trials through being a Navy SEAL, a pro-wrestler, an actor, so on and so forth. I would like to see Minnesota have the educational improvements in its system that Mr. Ventura had suggested. Mr. Ventura seems very blunt, honest, and opinionated and is what Minnesota needed at the time he was elected. Mr. Ventura would do a good job if he did decide to run and if he was elected into the White House. He doesn¿t let special interest groups or businesses own him. I would recommend this book to people who think that little people can make a big difference if they put their mind to what they want to accomplish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a college course I took on elections and campaigns. I have never been so interested in a book in my life. This book was entertaining, inspirational and just absolutely wonderful. I do hope Mr. Ventura runs for President some day. I strongly believe he is exactly what we need in the White House
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to think Jesse Ventura was obnoxious and had a big mouth. But after reading his biography, I found it a heart-warming story about a guy who had set many goals for himself and how he obtained them all. I'm a big wrestling fan (my days go back to watching Johnny Valentine, Dick The Bruiser, Pat O'Connor and Lou Thesz). I didn't realize about all the politics that went into the wrestling world. After reading this book, I felt I grew up with Mr Ventura and his family. He has come a long way in his life and he worked hard to get where he is today. I have a lot more respect for him now after reading this book, and I hope he carries his political career one step further - all the way to the President of the United States. He would definitely have my vote.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ventura's book is a surprisingly solid political statement as well as a nice little autobiography. I must admit that although I wasn't a particularly big fan of his in the beginning, the more I read about him the more I like him. Granted, he does occasionally go overboard, but even his most vocal detractors can't deny the fact he's honest with himself and consistent. Hopefully he's a harbinger in that respect, feather boa notwithstanding. The writing style does have a tendency to be a bit repetitive, but that's a minor issue and the fault of Ventura's editors more than anything else. Overall, this is a quick read and worth your while if you're interested in the current state of American poltiics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never been the type of person to pick up a book and read it for a leisure activity. Hell, I have enough reading to do from my school studies. But once I picked up this book I could not put it down until I had read every word in it! If only Sports Medicine books were this interesting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will simply say that I loved it and have read it a second time... Im a member of the reform party and I truly hope Jessie runs for pres some day, we need someone like him involved to get ahold of the goverment once again instead of it holdin us by our throats and our wallets