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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nikki Haley was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 2004 and reelected in 2006 and 2008. She was elected governor in 2010. She and her husband, Michael, an officer in the South Carolina National Guard, have two young children.

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Easy, quick read and very inspirational.
Anne H Bull
My political views are moderate, and I do not vote along party lines, although I do lean to the conservative side.
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Nikki Haley is truly an American success story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lillie McGougan on October 6, 2012
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This book gives your clear. Understanding of what formed the person Nikie Haley is today. She is candid about her past and where she is in her thinking today. The fact that she is a woman I think gives her a nurturing outlook for her job as Governor and a careing for the people she serves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L Neff on September 6, 2013
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I did not know that Governor Haley was from an immigrant family. I have a great respect for her and her service to her country the USA.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on December 20, 2012
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I opted to read this book because I needed to read a biography/autobiography on a policymaker for a class I was enrolled in but, boy, am I glad that I did! Nikki paints a vivid picture of her entire life, making it seem almost as if she is sitting next to you, reading the story aloud. She is very candid and does not skimp on the truth when exposing the 'bad' side of politics. I particularly loved how she talked about how she was able to overcome financial disadvantages in her campaign as that is something that people do not typically talk about. Overall, a great read that I highly recommend for anyone who is at all interested in politics or reading about a strong female leader's journey.
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By E. A. Lynch on December 29, 2013
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I teach at a women's liberal arts university, and I think that if Nikki Haley were a liberal, my colleagues would be building a statue to her on Front Quad! Her is a woman who overcame prejudice and obscurity, who took on the male-dominated political machines in her town and her state, who held her family together while her husband was deployed, and who imprinted her state government with her view of what's right.

Haley tells her life story with the proper mix of humility and pride, and provides more detail on her policies and political work that I find in most political autobiographies. She treats her enemies with respect (more than they showed her, certainly), and permits the researcher to easily verify the truth of what she writes. This book would make an excellent supplemental text for my college course on State and Local Politics.
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By nancyjoan on December 4, 2013
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Very good book. I enjoyed it.
They did a great job with service.
The packing was also very good
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GrammaAnde on December 21, 2012
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This book was very interesting and informative. I very much enjoyed it. I'm thrilled with the price and quick shipping. Thanks so much!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Patterson on August 13, 2012
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This book is an informative, fast read about the rise of Nikki Haley and also about what's wrong with our political system today. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Nikki Haley isn't our first woman President. She would definitely have my vote.
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I didn't know too much about South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley before starting this book. My political views are moderate, and I do not vote along party lines, although I do lean to the conservative side. Even though I am always a little guarded when approaching political autobiographies due to the obvious bias, I was hoping to come away from Haley's book with a better understanding of the woman who will very likely one day be a frontrunner for the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee. The buzz-phrase title makes it fairly clear what direction the book will take. Much like "Impossible is Nothing" and "he Audacity of Hope," the phrase is a bit ridiculous and not practical, but it sets the tone that this will be a book about overcoming adversity, so I was eager to read about the difficult journey Haley must have gone through in her forty years to become the first female and minority governor in such a conservative state.

Originally, I had started out breaking down each chapter and discussing it, but it became obvious after the fifth chapter that I was writing the same thing over and over. Every chapter follows the same format:

1. Describe problem Haley faced
2. Describe how Haley overcame problem.
3. Describe how that problem shaped her ideals and values today.
4. (optional) Work that problem/value into what she is doing today as governor.

The first chapter (which you can read for free) is very representative of the rest of the book.
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