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Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America Hardcover – November 18, 2008

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About the Author

Mike Huckabee won eight states and more than four million votes during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries. He served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993 to 1996. Before politics, he worked in broadcasting and advertising and spent twelve years as a pastor and denominational leader. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. They have three grown children, three dogs, and at least that many friends!

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel; 1st edition (November 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230546
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Huckabee served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993-96. Before entering politics, he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and worked for twelve years as a full time pastor. He recently started a political action committee, HuckPAC, to extend his grassroots movement. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas; they have three grown children.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Neikirk on November 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have come to find Mike Huckabee to be an honest and hopeful voice in the GOP and this book confirms that once again.

Mike makes a strong case for the connection between morality and economics which is very important as there is a clear divide between social conservatives and fiscal conservatives. The truth is that both are necessary and a clear and consistent morality needs to be the foundation.

I particularly appreciated the chapter entitled Politically Homeless. There is plenty in that chapter that will ruffle some feathers but in my opinion it needed to be said. People can dismiss Mike as a populist but they dismiss more than one man, they dismiss a large portion of the population. There is an ARMY of people who got behind Mike because he understood them and is one of them. Trucker Randy and others capture the essence of this grassroots movement that took Mike from an overlooked candidate to a serious contendor.

The chapter on Faux-Cons will stir some up as well, but once again it is a matter of calling a spade a spade.

Beyond this, there is a lot of optimism for the future of our country. The distinction between horizontal vs vertical politics is spot on and Mike has a long track record of getting positive things done for the people of Arkansas.

Especially helpful are the sections on the Fair Tax (real change we can believe in and the mother of all reforms), healthcare, and energy independence, among other things.

There are also a number of touching stories of individuals who made significant sacrifices for Mike, as well as the country. I appreciated learning the story of the couple that took a train across the country to New Hampshire and then drove a cheap, old car to Florida before returning home through Little Rock.
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64 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Parks on November 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
First I would like to tackle the negatives because there are a few. I noticed about 6-8 grammatical errors, if not more, in the book. I found a couple of spelling errors as well such as "he" instead of "the". There is a reference to "Naaman" that should actually be "Nathan". I guess ultimately, the editor is responsible for those but either way, they are mildly disappointing.

Before I was finished reading the book, I kept hearing a lot about the Huckabee vs Romney feud being the major focus of this book. IT IS NOT! There are several references to Romney and they are not pleasant but they are not hateful either. I viewed most as fair criticism based on what happened during the Primaries because their feud was indeed the major story. Some of the criticisms or "jabs", as some have called them, were meant as humor and they are easy to differentiate from the others. There were also a couple of references that I did view as whiny but they were limited.

The focus of the book is about half reflection and half future. Mike talks about and gives praise to the many people who helped him defy all odds and media bias to eventually finish 2nd in the 2008 GOP Primaries. He talks of the struggle of having no money and no name recognition and how they overcame it. He praises the many volunteers and even names a lot of them. He tells of some very touching stories that are absolutely amazing, and they were not even mentioned in the media. The book is worth the price just for those stories alone.

Mike goes into detailed policy on several ideas for our future. He talks about Preventative Healthcare, FairTax, Veterans Bill of Rights, and a few others.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Kissane on December 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you want to learn about how to dance around an issue so that it will actually never be solved, this is NOT the book for you. Do The Right Thing is a roadmap to where we should take, not only the GOP but the country, and how to get there. If you are not used to a politician to be straightforward and honest, then you may be left in disbelief while reading this book. Nothing is said in here about other candidates that others, probably yourself included, had not already thought about. All in all, Governor Huckabee offers common sense approaches to fixing the nation, and one that will revolutionize our taxes and our economy called the Fairtax ( A great read even if you are not particularly a fan of Gov. Huckabee. Just remember to keep an open mind!
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Format: Hardcover
This book expresses the frustration than most middle class Christians had during the campaign. We are not rich but we are intelligent enough to see that McCain and Obama were NOT the two best choices to lead our nation BUT most of us supported McCain/Palin. Huckaee spoke for many of us but only now is his message if being heard by the public. This book is not about party loyalty but loyalty to biblical principles and America!! It is time the elite GOP reach out for diversity. Even Michael Steele, a black Republican leader, said the GOP has a country club, cocktail party leadership style that is hurting and shrinking the party. The book gives excellent ideas on how to make the GOP competitive again. Please read all of it before you past judgement on this relative, insightful, enjoyable read.
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