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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (January 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414345720
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414345727
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Traditio on February 12, 2011
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I liked this book alot. Pawlenty was a guy from a working class background. He worked in the stock yards in the crud as a kid. Heand his wife went to law school. They worked hard, and he went to the state house. He guided Minnesota, a blue state, with great ideas and low taxes. He writes a very clear message of great ideas and working with other people. He would be a good President.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Champ on July 2, 2011
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This book is pure PR garbage; a combination of light fluff and deception.

Here's a fun list of things that happened while Minnesota was comfortably under the blanket of T-paw's "no new taxes" pledge:
1. Property Taxes more than doubled
2. Tuition for public colleges nearly doubled (a tax on higher education)
3. State fees rose by 25%
4. Local taxes rose by 25%

Aside from that, his "heroic" budget balancing involved a lot of easy outs, accounting tricks, can-kicking, and very few actual tough decisions. He wrote a $1.9 billion IOU to Minnesota public schools that still hasn't been repaid. He raided the state's tobacco settlement fund. He took several billion dollars of one-time federal stimulus dollars while at the same time condemning Obama's stimulus in the media. He unilaterally slashed budget items in a procedure later ruled to be an egregious abuse of his unallotment power as described by the MN State Constitution. He defaulted on state obligations to local municipalities by making enormous cuts to local government aid, which is used to fund police and fire departments among other things. That last item caused the state's credit rating to be downgraded.

The legacy of Tim Pawlenty has very little to do with the contents of this book. We in Minnesota cannot ignore it, being two days into a government shutdown. He will not win his home state.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Olson on June 13, 2011
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There seems to be some unwritten rule that if you're going to run for President of the United States, you need to publish an auto-biography. And I can understand why: Each reader is a captive audience, allowing the candidate to speak about himself and his platform uninterrupted for hundreds of pages. But I think it's a great way to learn as much as you can about a candidate. Tim Pawlenty's book accomplishes the goal of familiarizing the reader with who this guy is and what his priorities are. Having said that, the writing style is a bit "vanilla" (sorry Tim, I had to make that joke again after your appearance on FOX), much like his style of speaking. There are some cute stories in there, and an occasional eye-rolling joke, but there were also some unnecessary redundancies (I mean, how many times must you tell us the exact statistics of how you slowed down government spending in Minnesota?). Ultimately, if you're looking for a way to become better acquainted with the current Republican Presidential candidates, this will do the trick for Pawlenty.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Evenstad on November 14, 2013
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[...] TPAW IS A COURAGELESS FRAUD WHO KILLED DRU SJODIN WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT IN MN TO SAVE MSOP, AND THEN HAS LIED TO DRU SJODIN'S MOM ABOUT WHAT HE KNEW AND WHEN HE KNEW IT AND THEN SAID DRU SJODIN BROUGHT THE PUBLIC SAFETY "CONCERNS TO LIGHT" KNOWING I HAD BROUGHT THEM TO HIM AND THE REST OF THE MN GOVT ON 1-30-03 WHILE DRU SJODIN WAS VERY MUCH ALIVE. Thanks TPAW for all your "courage" you cowardly killer via patsy RODRIGUEZ!!!
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By firemanxx on January 18, 2014
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ever wonder where a 2016 presidential candidate built & based many of his views thoughts & ideals off of this book takes you inside governor tim pawlenty's head & shows you where & how his morals & beliefs are based off great read cover to cover!
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By L. Capria on December 4, 2012
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Lots of personal info, maybe too much for me, but enough red meat political inside stuff to keep me reading.
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By angelals922 on November 25, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book. He led a very interesting life and has done some great things both for Minnesota and for America.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pilgrim on April 8, 2011
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I read this as a humble story of Tim Pawlenty's life. The myriad of challenges he faced were presented not as needing sympathy, but as challenges to meet and beat. Coming from a hard-working family with low socio-econmic means, courage and the American spirit of enterprise led to greater opportunities. Giving God the glory for his many accomplishments keeps him in great stead with me.
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