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Jonathan Miller, the editor and co-author, is the former Kentucky State Treasurer and author of The Compassionate Community: Ten Values to Unite America (2006). Miller today publishes The Recovering Politician.com and practices law in Lexington, Kentucky with Frost Brown Todd, as a crisis management attorney. Miller co-founded No Labels, a national grassroots reform movement; played straight man on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; reached the final table of the World Series of Poker; and with his summer camp sweetheart, raised two remarkable teenage daughters.
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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: The Recovering Politician (May 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615819044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615819044
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,139,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The title of this book does it a bit of a disservice, I think, as it not really a manual or a program, and I doubt it would be used by many in that manner. Colleagues of mine were laid off yesterday, and their futures have been occupying my thoughts. With this book fresh in my mind, when I speak with them shortly, I'm going to rely on some experiences and lessons from this book, such as Jeff Smith's tale of redemption and Loranne Ausley's admonition against the bearing of grudges; even a chapter such as Steve Levy's -- nominally about crisis strategy -- actually turns out to in part be about preparing for life's next chapter. While I'm certain that this book would appeal to anyone who reads political memoirs -- and most of the essays are far more honest than what readers of that genre expect -- I think this book would appeal equally to those interested in books about personal improvement in general, or (my own liking) about human nature. I may in fact recommend this book to my former colleagues dealing with their own (non-political) life crises. There is enough here that I think different essays and insights will resonate with different readers in ways that not even the authors could predict.
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It was great to share in the personal experiences of the various authors. Truly inspiring examples of how to work through difficult times with grace. It is nice to see that good character has allowed them to move forward into the next exciting stages of their lives. This book draws you into the authors lives and makes you feel like an invited guest.
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This book is not just good for failed politicians, but for everyone interested in political pitfalls and how to put the pieces back together. These essays are written in compelling, fluid language that reduces potentially painful experiences into poignant but often funny tales. It's useful, informative, and a pleasure to read.
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Most times, people are unbelievably afraid to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. We wear a collection of masks and disguises and brave the opinions of others, wincing at their sometimes misinformed and downright hateful judgements. To make the decision of a career in public service comes with much more than your average kit of appearance-altering strategies. We expect them to be super-human. After all, we elect them to represent us, the masses - and all of our opinions, ideals, ethics...and yes, sometimes judgement.

It takes a strong, sound mind and sense of self to stand up and represent us and boy, does it take a special coat of armor. Even then, they don't always get it right. They make mistakes. They say the wrong things. They wear the wrong clothes (or sometimes get caught with their pants down) and that gives us all a great laugh. We feel so entitled to scoff at their mistakes, saying "there's NO WAY I would ever do that". Yet, we do. We just don't pay nearly half the price and chances are, would probably wilt under the overwhelming pressure and contempt the public would cast upon us.

This book is not just an explanation of situational crisis. It is a humbling, vulnerable insight into what our representatives have faced in their public careers. They take the masks, disguises, and power suits of armor off and describe their journeys - prison, addiction, sex scandals, abuse of power - you name it. They've faced it. And they are telling us what life is like on the other side. Who would not want to read this book?

And who knows...you might realize that the grass really isn't greener for the reds and the blues. You might find they are people too - just like you and me. And just maybe, you might find their insight valuable and applicable to your own life. And if you don't? Well you get to sit on your entitled high horse and have a laugh at their expense. Like I said: Who wouldn't want to read this book?
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This book is less about how to survive a political crisis and tips for future politico's to avoid them and more about how to be a better person.

Those that decide to enter the political arena will find no other kind of scrutinity in any other profession. Every piece of your life is subject to criticism and the smallest of issues can be properly spun out of control, ending your career. Hell, it happened to me, though my career is far from over.

The authors in this book are unusaully candid, giving you the sense of relief to finally get all this off their chests. There is a tone of relaxation in the pages of the book almost as you are meeting the authors at a bar and trading stories. What you get from these chapters is a step by step recount of some of the hardest moments in the lives of these politicians and how they survived to become better people outside of the political arena.

Living in St. Louis, MO I saw first hand the ordeal Jeff Smith went through, and read it along with many other admirers in the news paper. However, the lessons that Jeff has learned from his experience isn't something you hear about after the dust has settled. Like the other authors in this book you get the perspective of learning lessons and accepting humility. Coming from a politician this is something you don't hear much about, and it's refreshing.

As someone who has faced adversity both within the political arena and outside of it, the advice given was very sound and practical- you'll use it no matter if you are seeking public office or the corner office.
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