Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge [NOOK Book]

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“Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservatives—and still win elections. Those who say we can’t don’t see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We don’t need to change our principles. What we need is more courage.”



In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry ...
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Overview

“Today, we can sound like conservatives and act like conservatives—and still win elections. Those who say we can’t don’t see what I see in Wisconsin and what my fellow governors in states all across America see. We don’t need to change our principles. What we need is more courage.”



In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s chances of staying in office looked bleak. Angry protesters—furious about his collective bargaining proposal—swarmed Madison, camped in the capitol, and attempted to block the passage of the governor’s reform legislation. Teachers unions accused him of sabotaging education. His approval numbers fell to the basement, and with the national media’s descent on Wisconsin, liberals denounced “Dead Man Walker.” He found himself fighting for his reforms, fielding death threats, and facing an unprecedented recall election.




But then something happened. Walker’s policies began to work. His constituents realized they were better off with his leadership, and in June 2012, he became the first governor in American history to survive a recall attempt, winning with a higher share of the vote than he had for his original election.




In Unintimidated, Governor Walker tells the story of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billion budget deficit while simultaneously improving the state’s schools and public infrastructure. He describes how he stood for his convictions against enormous political pressure and personal attacks. He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official.



Speaking from the perspective earned from his resounding victory, he outlines lessons conservatives on the national stage can learn from his success, such as:




• Change the polls, not your principles.


• Don’t accept the false choices presented to you.


• You can reform entitlements and survive.


• Austerity is not the answer.


• Never stop reforming.




Walker is living proof that conservatives need not move to the center to win. He argues that Republicans must offer Americans big, bold, positive solutions for our nation’s challenges—and have the courage to implement them. Walker has shown that even President Obama will back down when faced with reforms promoted with common sense and courage.
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What People Are Saying

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“Most books by incumbent politicians are not worth the paper they never should have been written on. If, however, enough voters read Walker’s nonfiction thriller, it will make him a—perhaps the—leading candidate for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.”
George F. Will, syndicated columnist

“With so many people already speculating as to who might be the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s new book may be especially worth reading. It shows a man of real depth, and with an impressive track record that ought to overshadow the rhetoric of others, especially among the Washington Republicans.”
Thomas Sowell, syndicated columnist

“Walker’s timely book clearly demonstrates the essentials of talent and character in the ranks of state executives.”
The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101636213
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 63,939
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

SCOTT WALKER is the governor of Wisconsin and a leader in the Republican Governors Association. He was previously the county executive of Milwaukee County and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Before that, he worked for the American Red Cross and IBM. He and his wife, Tonnette, have two sons and live in Wauwatosa.



MARC THIESSEN is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the author of Courting Disaster. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, and their four children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Great book! I wanted the "inside" story and this was i

    Great book! I wanted the "inside" story and this was it. Walker's rationale for Act 10 is solid. I found it hard to argue. I was also shocked by the behavior of the occupiers in our state Capitol. Death threats to the Walker and his family were given in vivid detail by some. The raw, hateful behavior of too many of the protesters revealed a real dark side that would leave anyone thinking twice about running for office.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    An excellent book. The governor gives the reader an inside  view

    An excellent book. The governor gives the reader an inside  view of what was happening during the protests, his thought process,
     conversations with Democrats and Republicans alike. How the protests effected his family and home life.
     He gives several examples of how the Unions had the people of Wisconsin paying through the nose for services and how ACT 10 helped
    that. He talks about things he wish he would have done different and his history with the union while working in Milwaukee County. 
    It's a good read. Very thorough, well written, answers many questions.

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    The book came out today... So I'm guessing the other review is f

    The book came out today... So I'm guessing the other review is from a Walker hater who hasn't even seen the book... Just an FYI. 

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    Scott Walker worked through a lot of resistance, to reform Wisco

    Scott Walker worked through a lot of resistance, to reform Wisconsin's financial structural issues. This book gives his unique perspective of how people respond when one actually follows through with their promises. Governors usually don’t make bold and necessary decisions to avoid the backlash, which ultimately leads to inaction and no change. This book shows the personal turmoil he went through

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Very interesting read. A lot of relatively unknown information,

    Very interesting read. A lot of relatively unknown information, including how his wife and sons were threatened by those disagreeing with his policies.  Truly a governor who does not back down to various pressures and threats.  Highly recommend!, no matter your political affiliation.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    best book i've ever read, walker 4 president

    best book i've ever read, walker 4 president

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I am not a conservative, so I was leery as to what I would think

    I am not a conservative, so I was leery as to what I would think of Unintimidated, but I found it very interesting. I wouldn’t vote for Walker, but I appreciate the honest account of his tenure as Governor of Wisconsin. It’s a book worth reading.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    He leaves a lot out of his account of events, such as the massiv

    He leaves a lot out of his account of events, such as the massive amount of out of state money that came in to help his recall effort.
    He may be the nation’s most divisive and mean-spirited governor. In the book he actually brags about getting laughs from his staff by telling them this joke:

    "Top Ten Ways to tell if you Might be a Member of a public sector union"
    10.) You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better.
    9.) On a snow day when they say “non-essential” people should stay home you know who they mean.
    8.) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work.
    7.) It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row.
    6.) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you.
    5.) You think the French are working themselves to death.
    4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.
    3.) You spend more time at protest marches than at church.
    2.) You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt.
    1.) You pay more in union dues than you do for your healthcare insurance.

    9 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Walker rocks

    Sad that Walker haters have to spew their crap here
    Not a true reflection of wisconsin values at all
    Sore losers

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    A great read! God Bless Walker!

    A great read! God Bless Walker!

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    I really liked reading this incredible story of courage and

    I really liked reading this incredible story of courage and standing by your principals to do what is right. Scott Walker is a great example of what needs to be done at all government levels. He took the high road and accomplished what seemed unsurmountable, but, the public unions thugs were always in the gutter. It should be total shame on them (the public union leaders especially) for their behavior, but, only the decent union people would admit to that. I am finding that the only ones critical of his book, did not really read his book, they oppose him politically, and they really do not want to admit to Scott Walker's successes and the truth.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Good read.  He pulled our state from the brink of bankruptcy 

    Good read.  He pulled our state from the brink of bankruptcy 

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    The truth

    The truth

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Keep innovating is the clear take away message of this book!

    A lot of repetition, something that is too reflective of campaign speeches. This book could have as effective at giving the reader the clear understanding of the reasons to decisions without the constant repeat of the same talking points. Short and to the point would have been appreciated by this reader. The stories written on the challenges and the decisions taken show how careful and astute Mr Walker and his team were during this power struggle. The differences between self interest and the interest of all is made evident and very pertinent to all of us beyond Wisconsin. The strategists on Mr Walker's team should help the GOP getting from under themselves and define effective strategies instead of the same overused and abused tactics of which all of us are tired to see and hear. The youthfulness and freshness of thinking of Mr Walker and his team are a delight to read. Keep innovating is the clear take away message of this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Appropriate Title-Unintimidated

    In this day and age it is very refreshing to see someone standing up for common sense and what is right. Sometimes we can't correct things as completely as we would like, but we have to start somewhere. Our founding fathers understood that greed and power unchecked could destroy a nation. They recognized the face of tyranny. They understood that we have been very blessed and had a chance to create something great. But just as easily it can be lost. I wonder if those that always want to get something for nothing and off the backs of those not afraid to work for what they have, understand they will lose in the end and be subservient to a tyrannical society. And in the end all lose, rich and poor alike. This country has its faults, we are not guiltless, but beating in the hearts of many Americans is the want to help those less fortunate. We need to give them a hand up to overcome their circumstances from their fellow Americans, not through a government handout. And if they fail after that (they need to take responsibility) they were at least given the opportunity and it was their choice to throw it away. Governor Scott Walker is a great leader and a great example for us not to be intimidated. We need to fight the good fight.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Blah

    Can't stand the man!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    I will tell the world. He is a liar. I live in Wi and he has des

    I will tell the world. He is a liar. I live in Wi and he has destroyed , divided state. He left out how he was going to stir up the protesters by having people go into the crowds and stir up trouble. He is only out for himself and under the KOCH brothers wings. If anyone believes a word of this book they are as delusional as he is.Just so people know, he is under investigation for having his staff when he was co exec spend their working time campaigning for him, same for recall.

    3 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Walker has been a disruption to the people of Wisconsin.  His ou

    Walker has been a disruption to the people of Wisconsin.  His out-of-state fund raising for his future national political plans is his main activity.  I'm supposing the Koch funds sent to Wisconsin would have gone to other similar causes, so maybe Wisconsin did the rest of the country a favor.

    3 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Great Book!

    This book was a great read, and was very well put together! Gov. Walker lays out the details of what happened in WI during the whole legislation process of Act 10 along with the death threats and recall elections that he and others faced during the first two years of office. It was great to read this book even though I was in college/graduate school in WI during this whole process. Highly recommend this book!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Scott Walker is a realistic intelligent man who cares about the

    Scott Walker is a realistic intelligent man who cares about the state of Wisconsin and does what he says. 
    This book is a road map to financial recovery for a state that was in a downward spiral. 
    This book puts out the facts but has a very positive tone. Great quick read. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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