“Governor Jennifer Granholm faced extraordinary challenges with grace, intelligence, and tenacity. In a weak economy, no state was hit harder than hers. She embraced the challenge of rebuilding Michigan’s economy for the 21st Century with new ideas, new jobs, and new businesses. In 2011, Michigan had the largest drop in unemployment in the U.S., thanks in large measure to her tireless effort. A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future is a remarkable narrative. Everyone who wants to revive the American economy and restore the American dream should read it.” —President Bill Clinton
“Jennifer Granholm spent eight years fighting for Michigan, and now the rest of the nation can benefit from the hard lessons she and her team learned as they positioned Michigan for recovery. A Governor’s Story offers a dramatic inside political story and an urgent call to recognize that our industry is competing not just with foreign companies but with the governments supporting them. It also offers a candid and moving personal story of a governor who is forced to devote her ‘all’ to turn around her state’s seemingly unyielding bad economy, with the resulting family pressures she faced as a loving wife and mother.” —U.S. Senator Carl Levin
“During her tenure as governor, Jennifer Granholm had to grapple with unprecedented economic crises that foreshadowed what other leaders around the world would eventually experience. A Governor’s Story is one leader’s recounting of what it’s like and what it takes to lead in the crucible of challenge and change. It is an engagingly personal, absolutely riveting, and completely honest story. As you walk in Jennifer Granholm’s shoes through the pages of this gripping narrative, you understand more fully the resilience, optimism, and grit it takes to lead in challenging times. Every executive, every politician, every student of leadership, and every citizen needs to read this book. There is hope here. A Governor’s Story gets my vote for the best leadership book of the year.” —Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and Credibility
“Governor Granholm is a passionate voice for manufacturing in America. During her time in office, she consistently put manufacturing front and center because it is so essential to the state's and the nation's economic vitality.” —Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company
“Governor Granholm has governed during some of the toughest times I can remember in Michigan and has never wavered in her commitment and love for our state. From wind and solar energy to advanced batteries, she has championed the development of clean energy in Michigan and laid the groundwork for Michigan”s economic recovery and world-wide leadership in alternative energy. She has been a strong partner with me in the fight to save our auto industry and American manufacturing.” —Senator Debbie Stabenow
“Now is the time to create the jobs of the future by growing industries, including a new clean energy economy. And Jennifer Granholm has been all on top of this as the governor of Michigan. . . . I want to applaud Governor Granholm…. The rest of the country should learn from the effort.” —President Barack Obama
“Jennifer Granholm … is the genuine article. She’s proved her mettle as governor on tough terrain.” —Senator John Kerry
Jennifer Granholm was elected governor of Michigan in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, grew up in California, and is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley, where she now teaches in the law and public policy schools, and Harvard Law School. She is a senior advisor to the Pew Charitable Trusts Clean Energy Program, a contributor to Meet the Press, and a regular guest on other national news programs.
Dan Mulhern is an honors graduate of both Yale University and Harvard Law School, teaches at the business and law schools at the University of California at Berkeley, and is an advisor to the Families and Work Institute. He is an author, talk show host, public speaker, and expert in leadership development and the changing roles of men and women. He is married to Jennifer Granholm.
Read the book and tell me if you still disagree with me after you finish reading it.
One is that clearly the citizens of the state are woefully uninformed (they should read the book) since they elected a Republican as her successor.
It is not dry, but rather, explains very simply the complications of governing and working with others and the process.
A compelling read about Jennifer Granholm's eight years as the chief exec of Michigan. Her first-hand account of working tirelessly to save the automotive industry in the face of... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Sara R.
Governor Granholm's book was a quick and informative read. She makes a strong case for government led economic planning and investment.Published 3 months ago by Nicholas Sturtevant
Really enjoyed read this book about Gov. Granholm's time as governor of Michigan. Having lived through her entire tenure as Gov. Read morePublished 15 months ago
How quickly we forget just how bad it was, and how uncertain any type of recovery looked as things continued to slide. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dean R. Peterson
I am a big fan of Jenifer Granholm. I used to watch her on MSNBC all the time. I was not disappointed in this book at all. I highly recommend it.Published 23 months ago by L. Reed
Gives you a femal govenors prospective on the economic downturn in a hard hit state. Great read. Worth a look.Published on April 11, 2013 by Stephanie Borgstrand
I really like politics so I foung this book very interesting.
Also, tells the story of a successful female in modern times.
Dr. Cassandra Massey
There are many opinions on how best to do economic development. A State is damned if they do and damned if they don't initiate activities that grows their economies. Read morePublished on February 14, 2013 by mcgeesiding
Loved her speech at the convention. Her story is inspiring and is a good book for young women to read.Published on January 26, 2013 by Henry J Bassman