A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck

A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck

by Trace Adkins
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A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck by Trace Adkins

Country music superstar Trace Adkins isn’t exactly known for holding back what’s on his mind. And if the millions of albums he’s sold are any indication, when Trace talks, people listen. Now, in A Personal Stand, Trace Adkins delivers his maverick manifesto on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself, hard work, and the way things oughta be.

In his inimitable pull-no-punches style, Trace gives us the state of the union as he sees it, from the lessons of his boyhood in small-town Louisiana to what he’s learned headlining concerts around the world. Trace has worked oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, been shot in the heart, been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and braved perhaps the greatest challenge of all: being the father of five daughters. And shaped by these experiences, he’s sounding off.

• I’m incredibly frustrated with the state of American politics. If there were a viable third party, I’d seriously consider joining it.
• If anybody wonders who the good guys are and who the bad guys are in this world, just look at the way we teach our children as opposed to the way the fundamentalist Muslims teach their children.
• Organized labor now exists for the sake of organized labor, and not for the workers it once protected.
• I believe the easiest way to solve the illegal immigration enforcement problem is to go after the employers who hire illegal aliens.
• As a society, we’re unwilling to sacrifice our luxuries and our conveniences in order to conserve. We won’t change until we’re forced to.
• The war on terror is like herpes. People can live with it, but it’ll flare up from time to time.

Brash, ballsy, persuasive, and controversial, A Personal Stand isn’t just the story of Trace Adkins’s life; it’s the story of what life can teach all of us.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345502124
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 410,632
File size: 413 KB

About the Author

Trace Adkins was born Tracy Darrell Adkins in Springhill, Louisiana. He learned to play guitar at an early age and eventually played with the New Commitments. In the early 1990s he performed solo in honky-tonks, and after gaining some fame he moved to Nashville and signed with Capitol Records. He has released seven albums. His most recent, Dangerous Man, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard country chart. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Trace Adkins has appeared on numerous television shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Hannity & Colmes, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. He lives in Nashville with his wife and five daughters.


From the Hardcover edition.

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Personal Stand 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me, A Personal Stand is two books entertwined: an editorial that voices the opinions of the average American, or at least the average American who is old enough to shave, and the autobiography of a man whose strength of mind and body are inspirational. There are few voices in the media, on television, the radio, or in print who speak for us and Trace does. He speaks the words others are afraid to voice because they are contrary to the opinions of ultra liberal owners of those media. My favorite parts of his book though, are the stories of his life. Trace has been beaten and battered, yet each time he is knocked down he has come back better and stronger than before. Believe the publisher's note: 'Brash, ballsy, persuasive, and controversial, A Personal Stand isn¿t just the story of Trace Adkins¿s life it¿s the story of what life can teach all of us.' A teaser for all the Trace fans who haven't read the book. In it you will find out... what happened in Trace's youth that made his decision to wear his hair long, so important to him...what he did to keep himself calm during a hurricane while trapped miles out at sea and hundreds of feet in the air on an oil derrick....the cause of him getting the worse beating of his life.....the real reason why he didn't press charges against the person who shot him through the heart. Okay, if that doesn't make you want to read it, I don't know what will.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Trace's book - made me think...somethings I agreed with and some I am not sure but it proved he is smart, knowledgeable, and thought provoking. Proves all Southerners are not dumb hicks! Way to go Trace!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trace Adkins' book 'A Personal Stand, Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck' is the most honest picture of the state of how things are that I have ever read. Trace's honesty and candor when discussing topics from politics to organized labor to illegal immigration is mostly likely the opinion of many. Unfortunately others that feel the same as Trace are too intimidated or shy to say how they feel. Trace shares his innermost thoughts and opinions on numerous topics and should be admired and appreciated for telling it like it is. This is a good read for anyone, especially those with strong opinions about the state of the nation and the need for change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked getting inside his head and feeling right at home with the way he thinks about things. I didn't want to put the book down because it was interesting reading. It was funny, sad, and enlightening. I may just read it again when I am done.
booksieCA More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be worth the read. I enjoy Trace Adkins music and from reading this book can say that I seem to think along the same lines as Trace which has now made me a bigger fan. I encourage people to read the overview before reading the book. This is not an autobiography but is not intended to be. This is simply one mans opinion on things that are happening and have happened in the country with some chapters reviewing personal experiences and allowing a window into his personal life.  I am not one to read this type of book often but did find this to be an enjoyable quick read and am glad that someone of his status took the time to share these thoughts as I believe a lot of us think along the same lines and its refreshing to hear it from the mouth of a public figure.  I would recommend this book.  
Tina2013Tina More than 1 year ago
I felt this book was full of too much politics and history. I did enjoy the stories about his life, just didn't care about the history and politics which was what a lot of the book was about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Give you a whole new respect for his music. What a life this man has lived, and still manages to make beautiful music!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like him as an entertainer this is agood read
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nice to know that all entertainers are not wacked out ultra liberals. Trace Adkins just opens up and tells it like it is! His background and life experiences have made him wise and wonderful! Interesting and honest reading. No big ego here...admits mistakes, gracious and grateful...and what a tallent, what a voice!
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Loved it
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I love Trace and I love this book. He tells it like it is and that is a great thing.
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5 stars
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Joanne McInnis More than 1 year ago
It was a great.book
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