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Jesse Ventura Tells It Like It Is: America's Most Outspoken Governor Speaks Out About Government
     

Jesse Ventura Tells It Like It Is: America's Most Outspoken Governor Speaks Out About Government

by Jesse Ventura
 
When Jesse Ventura entered the political arena and became governor of Minnesota, government instantly became more interesting -- even entertaining. His straight talk had inspired young voters to hit the polls and has helped him enjoy high approval ratings as governor. In his own words, Jesse Ventura reveals his secrets to governing ("I can govern with no strings

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When Jesse Ventura entered the political arena and became governor of Minnesota, government instantly became more interesting -- even entertaining. His straight talk had inspired young voters to hit the polls and has helped him enjoy high approval ratings as governor. In his own words, Jesse Ventura reveals his secrets to governing ("I can govern with no strings attached"), what government does ("The federal government rules because the Constitution says so"), and what kids can do ("Be involved"). This inside look from America's most famous governor offers rare insight that will appeal to both young fans of politics and those who think the electoral college has a football team.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Ventura offers his personal opinions in the guise of an explanation of the American political system. The self-congratulatory first chapter recounting his rise to political prominence sets the tone for the entire book. In an informal, conversational style laced with words such as "wanna" and "gonna," Minnesota's governor talks about the history of government in general and in the United States in particular. He discusses the Constitution, voting rights, lobbyists, and many other topics. Throughout, he makes clear his dislike of government and politicians. For example, he explains that the Second Amendment forbid laws against gun ownership and is designed to "protect you from too much government." He believes that "candidates are selling themselves to the highest bidder" and that the two major parties are manipulated by special interests. He talks at length about taxes, including the curious claim that when readers purchase items such as CDs, they are "helping to keep the U.S. government operating." The text is illustrated with reproductions of historical documents and paintings as well as contemporary full-color photos, many of them of Ventura. The annotated lists of books and Web sites include helpful, objective resources. Syl Sobel's How the U.S. Government Works (Barron's, 1999) and Betsy Maestro's The Voice of the People (Lothrop, 1996) are better, impartial introductions to the subject. Despite Ventura's announcement that he will not seek reelection, Minnesota libraries probably will want this volume. Librarians elsewhere can probably skip this highly opinionated survey.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822503859
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Lerner Photo Books
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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