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It's easy to forget that politicians are people too, so Ford Jr.'s account of his life from four to 40 is a welcome read. As a young man, Ford Jr. worked on his father's campaigns for Congress, learning skills that would help him win his father's seat in 1996. Ford Jr. credits grassroots strategies for returning him to the House five times, strategies he refused to abandon even after they failed to send him to the Senate in 2006. In a candid chronological examination of what made him the man and the politician that he is, Ford Jr. shares many personal moments, including bracing experiences of racial discrimination. Facing Goliaths in both the House and the media, Ford Jr. believes he exhibited the same valuable traits that his father possessed: honesty, integrity, and determination. Although his account remains largely personal and bipartisan, trafficking in solid American values that readers of all affiliations will sympathize with, one can't help but wonder about the next phase of the still young man's career; this is politics after all.
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About the Author

Harold Ford, Jr., is an executive vice chairman at Bank of America in New York. In addition, he teaches public policy at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and chairs the Democratic Leadership Council. He and his wife, Emily, live in Manhattan.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307408388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307408389
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harold Ford Jr, has written a fast paced, clear thinking rant on all his thoughts, findings and feeings of the political scene, and in the end you're left wishing more of the ruling class had an open minded sense of the highway such as Harold has. He's truly a breath of fresh air, and this book is what everyone in the center spectrum of this countries political journey would benefit to read. We need more David's than Goliaths's and more leaders than ideologues. This guy is the real deal. Really first class book.

Mike Binder
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By Mtull on August 13, 2010
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This is a really good book. Congressman Ford has a great understanding of his political lineage. He literally had ancestors "out of slavery" being elected to municipal positions
in the late 1880's. This is quite impressive. One of the best lines I've ever heard in a long time was uttered by Cong. Ford: "Your mind goes to unwholesome places when your opponent abandons all morality."

Mossi Tull
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Harold Ford Jr. is a different type politician and he does an excellent job describing his early life and the influences that led him to his vision. As a constituent of his District 9 I was aware of the reputation of him and his father prior to meeting him. The quickest way to see Ford's intellect is to view a video of his debate for Senator against Current Senator Bob Corker. It was like watching a baby seal being clubbed. His command of the issues and quick thinking during the debate inspires confidence that this is the type leader you want representing you.

The book discusses his upbringing and quickly enters the era of his father campaigning and serving in Congress for a number of years. Jr. was involved in the campaign and at the office from a very young age. Sr. won an upset victory in the 70s on the taint of Watergate to a Nixon supporter. As the first black representative that wouldn't be overrun or intimidated he was not popular in the white conservative community in Memphis, TN. But this book accurately describes his relentless service to his constituents. If you called his office for help, you received attention. Jr. learned from this and patterned his campaigns and service around relentless service and grassroots campaigning. With his intellect, it's a lethal combination of talent.

The next big section covers his education at St. Albans and Univ. of Penn. followed later by Michigan Law School. A great debate history at Albans as well as a diversity of students led him to challenge his father's liberal philosophy and leading to his career as a Blue Dog Democrat. This is fascinating listening to him modifying his views culminating in his unsuccessful run against Pelosi as Democratic leader.
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Great book to read! Very informative and character revealing. Illustrates the path he travelled to where he's at now, his background, the influences and motivators in his life with even a few humorous vignettes along the way.
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