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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: #1,948,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. on June 15, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. FitzGerald on June 28, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Slotnick on June 28, 2013
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Experts from all walks of life come together to give advice on crisis, politics and relationships- a must have for anyone in a position of power who wants to be more effective!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham Talang on June 25, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pwbiz on June 15, 2013
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First, I am related to one of the writers featured in The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step Program to Survive Crisis, and was aware of that person's journey through the crisis.

These stories of men and women who 'learned from experience' have valuable messages for all of us. We'll all make mistakes, or be affected by someone else's adverse actions. Our reactions when these situations become known will help determine their ultimate influence on our lives.

The Recovering Politician's Twelve Step guidelines give insight into how the authors' reactions helped them reclaim (in the eyes of others and in their own eyes) the positive qualities which were damaged during the crisis situation.

It is a good read, and the stories of these men and women offer insights into the 'what were they thinking?' questions, followed by the careful thinking that did follow as they 'survived.' I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Brooks on July 13, 2013
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I found this book insightful and helpful in learning of the pitfalls of success and how none of us are immune. We have countless books about successful people or scandalous events, but this is a rare gem from those who have fallen from success and taken the opportunity to reflect on what went wrong. With the common distain that we often find toward our politicians, I found this book uplifting to see these individuals not only own up to their mistake but also use the opportunity to help others with their experience. Anyone aiming to succeed in the public sphere would glean great concepts from the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin Casas on June 25, 2013
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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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