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The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis Paperback – May 29, 2013
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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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good entertaining book that had some good life tips in it. The book doesnt drag on with unnecessary a good readPublished on December 26, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Interesting read. I would recommend for anyone whose career is in the public eye. The honest review of human failure can be constructive to avoid similar pitfalls.Published on August 24, 2013 by The Sculptor's Edge
I am prejudiced because one of my friends is one of the authors of the book, but fundamentally I believe in the second chance, and I believe in healing and I believe in... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Robert Duffy
I started this book with the intention of only reading one author's chapter. As I read into the book, I quickly realized I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Austin J. Bollinger
Each author as much to contribute. Enjoyed the read, will read it again and again. A must read for everyone.Published on July 30, 2013 by Linda Sinclair
A truly heartfelt and sincere book. An insightful read with many valuable lessons. Would certainly recommend it, not just for politicians.Published on July 29, 2013 by David B.
This book uses the personal stories of folks who faced a variety of crises, often as a result of their own mistakes. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by B. Peters
I found this book insightful and helpful in learning of the pitfalls of success and how none of us are immune. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Eric Brooks
I loved the book. It was a great read. I especially loved the way the chapters were set up so I can easily re-read the portions that are the most useful. Read morePublished on July 11, 2013 by Scott R. Faughn