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The 2010 candidate for Senate—and established political “troublemaker”*—voices the quiet anger in America today: where it comes from, what it’s asking for, and where it’s going from here

*Time Magazine

From the moment she upset a heavily-favored incumbent in the primary for the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden, Christine O’Donnell made headlines.  Though she didn't win the general election, O’Donnell did win ...

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Overview

The 2010 candidate for Senate—and established political “troublemaker”*—voices the quiet anger in America today: where it comes from, what it’s asking for, and where it’s going from here

*Time Magazine

From the moment she upset a heavily-favored incumbent in the primary for the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden, Christine O’Donnell made headlines.  Though she didn't win the general election, O’Donnell did win the designation of 2010’s Most Covered Candidate.  And what people were talking about wasn't just gossip: they responded to a fresh, unencumbered voice that appealed to voter frustration with politics—and politicians—as usual.

America’s strength lies in its government “by the people, for the people”, but too many of those people feel they are now just labeled featureless residents of “flyover country”, told what to think and what they can and cannot do by an entrenched, reigning class of elites.  O’Donnell’s candidacy gave hope that the voices of real people—the people—not only can be heard but can also become a force.  Part of this hope is invested in the nascent Tea Party, but most of it is invested in individual voters who are willing to work hard and make sacrifices for what they believe in, not what backroom dealing and a bloated federal government has mandated is good for them.

Trouble Maker is about where O’Donnell comes from—the Philadelphia suburbs with five kids to a room—and what she weathered in the 2010 election.  But the core of the book is a clear, straightforward discussion of an America that yearns to embrace freedom and opportunity through personal responsibility, and how it is hamstrung and stymied by excessive regulation, taxation, and the sanctimony of a “nanny state.”  And Trouble Maker will deliver an important, rousing message about what we do with the quiet anger in America today: where we can go, and how strong we can be, from here. Warning readers that challenging the status quo makes the political establishment push back, O'Donnell wants to build a movement that will continue to goad it.

It's practical, too, since O'Donnell believes in power through participation: it's not enough to grumble about how things are going; pitch in and try to change things if you care. O'Donnell details how she participated by running for high office as an everywoman, but also shows how attending town council meetings, organizing a petition drive, making an effort to meet a staffer in your local representative's office, or simply reading the minutes from your community board can make a difference.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312643058
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE O'DONNELL was a candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware, most recently in 2010 for the Senate seat vacated by Joe Biden.  She’s been dubbed the “Tea Party Darling”, “Troublemaker” by Time and a leader of the “Second American Revolution” by the foreign press.  She has appeared and continues to appear on and in a wide variety of media outlets, from Good Morning America to People, The Rush Limbaugh Show to Hannity and maintains a robust national speaking schedule. She lives in Delaware.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2011

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    making a difference

    "trouble maker" is very hard to put down.it is a very indepth memoir by a tough minded lady who took on two big names and the mass media and yet won the support of the people and her primery for the united states senate.christine o donnell stands for the constitution and in this amazing book gives the frustrated voter a step by step guide on how they can make a difference in their elections.this will make a difference in the 2012 election as well as a great gift idea for friends and family.

    11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Highly recommend it

    I picked the book up on Tuesday,and read it in one day.I hope she will tour the Chicago Suburbs,where I am sure she will be warmly received

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Listen to this principled youth - or - ignore and become irrelevant

    I feel this voice should be heard.

    Why?

    Because she adds to the conversation. Lets not drown her out because we might not disagree with her politics. She is interesting precisely because she is unconventional. She is the anti- Biden, or Obama, or Romney or Sharpton. She is young and fresh and we have a dearth of such voices in our "representative" democracy. If we want our youth to be represented, we need to give them a chance to speak. Maybe then they will get involved (beyond becoming a rock-throwing flash mob, as in Philadelphia or Liverpool). If they prove to be young, inexperienced, and not media-saavy, that is OK. They will learn.

    We already have enough slick career politicians representing us!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    A must read no matter what your idealogy if you are concerned about the demise of America.

    Christine's journey is a compelling account of how experiences shape ones character. She has chosen the very difficult path of a female conservative and is stalwart in her convictions. Her account of the barriers the so called elitist RINO and leftist politicians throw in her path is horrific. Shame on them! And congradulations to Christine and the other brave conservative women who prevail in politics today.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Flyweight drivel from a featherbrained diva

    Republican fourth string Sarah Palin wannabee, Christine O'Donnell, tries unsuccessfully to extend her 15 minutes of shock and awfulness. Best used as garden mulch for plants you don't particularly like.

    5 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Thoughtful, thought provoking, and inspiring. I hope we see more of Ms O'Donnell weather in govetnment,or influencing politics.

    Ms O'Donnell has a fresh voice to add to the political landscape. When you are not part of the club, the club doesn't want to let you through the door. They'll actually do a lot of unethical, immoral things to keep you out. Interesting, easy read. Thoughtful, thought provoking, and inspiring to get involved in our government, starting on local levels to change the world we live in. I really hope the big boys haven't dicouraged Ms. O'Donnell. I hope we see more of her, weather in govetnment,or influencing politics.She has an infectious enthusiasm for American politics that is refreshing. Also, how is it some of these other people whom, you can tell by their comments obviously haven't read this book,are permitted to post, and rate this book. If you like this book, and recommend it, consider rating it 5 star,to counter balance these 1 stars people who haven't read it.Amazing they are so committed to continue to hate this person.I call that contempt prior to investigation. These people who commented without reading,really disappointing. Reading this book, not diappointing

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    You know what, I really liked it !

    I don't mean to sound disrespectful; but even though I know better than to really believe the media,I suppose going on what I'd seen on t.v, and other media, I did take an impression, and really didn't think I'd enjoy a book by this author. In the airport book store, out of curiosity I picked it up off the shelf,and started reading. I bought it for the flight, and am glad I did. I'm a democrat, and although we don't agree with many political views, I found we do agree on some things, and I at least understand through her thought out explanations how she has come to her beliefs, and political feelings.She comes off as a funny, and interesting person, who is pretty honest about her shortcomings, and I thought pretty open about her life too. Reading this book taught me an old lesson. Never judge a book by it's cover, or a person by the way they are portrayed in the media. I would recommend this book definitely

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Highly Recommend This Book!

    This was the first "political" book that I have ever read. If there are other books like this, I will be reading a lot more of them! "Troublemaker" was a book that showed how a woman with strong convictions and a strong will pushed to get out the word of the Delaware people (and so many people across the nation) into the political realm. She got out there and talked to the people and learned that they wanted the same things that she did....."To Make America Great Again"! She pushed against the status quo of the entrenched Delaware Republican Party and brought their wrath down upon her. This did not deter her from trying to get the word out to her fellow Delawarians while listening all the smears and lies about her.
    In reading this book, she made me think about my own convictions. I read that she was saying all the things that I felt needed to be said and done to set our nation in the right direction. After reading Christine O'Donnell's book, I am determined to get more involved too.
    Thank you, Christine, for sharing your love of the Constitution and Bill of Rights with us! Thank you for fighting the hard fight against the entrenched Delaware Republican Party and (from what I see now) getting improvements made in it! Thank you for writting a book that was difficult to put down because it was so easy to read and held such truth and honesty!
    I highly recommend this book. It is a book that all Americans who feel the Constitution, Bill of Rights and our founding fathers' intentions for writing them have been subverted by the present Washington politicians!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    Christine has the ability to have the reader read her book nonstop. Her life story is very interesting and her words came directly from her heart. A must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    Family Values Shine Through

    Most people try to hide the fact that they are not perfect - especially politicians. Candidates are always trying to hide the skeletons in their closets. I found Christine's account of her own family trials with Alzheimer, breast cancer, and alcoholism refreshing. Forgiveness is a key theme in Troublemaker. The power of faith and forgiveness allows O'Donnell to embrace the problems in her family and cope with the betrayal of the entrenched RINOs. The left wing pundits will hate this book because family values drawn from the humility of her Catholic faith provide this woman on a mission to restore America's greatness with the character to rise above and lead by example.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2011

    A great story in itself but a must read for anyone who cares about the state of democracy in America and our future as a nation !!

    "Troublemaker" reads like a novel, a couragous woman fighting the established forces of both political parties and the power of the mainstream media wherein destruction and fear rule over the truth. Christine is Miss Smith goes to Washington, except here, in real life, she didn't. When Karl Rove, former close advisor to President Bush, repeated pointless and ridiculous myths on Fox and refused to support her, I lost all faith in him. Like the Delaware Republican party he would rather lose a seat in the Senate than see someone elected whom they did not annoint. It is not necessary to closly follow politics to enjoy this fast moving, easy to read book, whose story holds your interest as if it were fiction, but it is as real as the the sad state of the nation today. (I wonder, by the way, why a bookseller would print "reviews" by people who did not buy, let alone read her book.)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Are you kidding me?

    When REAL authors/writers have so much trouble getting published, this woman who walks out of interviews when asked questions about her own book gets published? Has it really come to this? Talk me down--has everything in this country been "dumbed down"?

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Please let the message die with her campaign.

    More evidence that people need to have a strong skill set, and qualifications for the positions for which they are applying.

    2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    To below

    Lets do it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Diamond

    Looks at Holmes. "How?" Puts her jacket on the chair

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    To holmes

    If u are bi go to res 5 plz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Amazine. People that gave a negative rating, critize the author:

    Amazine. People that gave a negative rating, critize the author: those that gave a positive rating, rated the content.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 23, 2011

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