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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062106392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062106391
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sometime after dark on March 27, 2010, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was found dead next to his four-wheeler on the grounds of his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border. Krentz and his dog, Blue, had been missing since that morning. They were last heard from when he radioed his brother to say that he’d found an illegal alien on the property and was going to offer him assistance. The man Krentz encountered that day shot and killed him and his dog, without warning, before escaping to Mexico.

It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Krentz’s death, which turned the issue of Arizona’s unsecured border—a crisis that the federal government had repeatedly ignored—into a national concern. As Arizona sheriff Larry Dever said in his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, “We cannot sit by while our citizens are terrorized, robbed, and murdered by ruthless and desperate people who enter our country illegally.” This momentum helped pass SB 1070, a bill that authorizes local law enforcement under certain conditions to question persons reasonably suspected of being illegal aliens, which Governor Jan Brewer and the state legislature had been working on for months. With the passage of this controversial bill, the state of Arizona became ground zero in the impassioned debate over illegal immigration. The Democrats and the media went into overdrive, denouncing the state and its governor as racists and Nazis.

Governor Brewer, a lifelong Arizona resident with deep ties to the community, was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1982, and hasn’t lost an election since. As a state official, she watched with increasing dismay as illegal immigration exploded across Arizona’s border, and noticed the devastating effect it was having on the state. Causing an escalation in violence, an influx of drugs, and prisons and hospitals to fill to overflowing, this problem was not only wreaking havoc on the moral fabric of the community but placing an even greater strain on Arizona’s beleaguered health, educational, and social welfare networks. Growing frustrated with the failure of the federal government to respond to her pleas for assistance, Governor Brewer led the state to action. Scorpions for Breakfast is Brewer’s commonsense account of her fight to secure our nation’s border in the face of persistent federal inaction. Her book is vital reading for all Americans interested in the real change that can happen when local leaders take the initiative to preserve our country and our laws.

About the Author

Jan Brewer became Arizona’s twenty-second governor in January 2009, upon the resignation of then-Governor Janet Napolitano, inheriting one of the worst fiscal crises in the country for any state. Born to a close-knit family during World War II, Governor Brewer aggressively confronts the trials of life and government with conservative common sense. Governor Brewer is now serving her second term, after winning a convincing 2010 election victory.

Few if any elected officials in Arizona have a broader range of productive experience in public service than Governor Jan Brewer. She was first elected to public office in 1982 to the Arizona House of Representatives and later to the State Senate. She also served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and was elected twice as Arizona’s secretary of state. A tough leader, Governor Brewer has always fought for her fellow citizens during her twenty-nine years of public service.

Governor Brewer and her husband, John, live in Glendale, Arizona, where they raised their three sons.

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158 of 207 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2012
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I found this book to be both eye opening and gut wrenching. I have long ago stopped watching the news channels. I am an Independent and have been closely following the GOP race and polls on the net. While browsing I came across a blog about the tarmac incident..... curious about the cause I bought the book. The book comes across as very authentic. If I had any doubts, the hateful personal attacks from those who obviously did not read the book proves just how true it is. What is gut wrenching is the president is now raising the stakes and repeating the same behavior, except it is at the national level and pitting Americans against each other. It is the same ploy.... point the finger at the 1%, it is their fault we don't have jobs, their fault the housing market is still falling with 4 million foreclosures this year (despite being put on hold due to fraud), their fault we have an anemic economy, and their fault the dollar is free falling. The reason for the financial crisis is corruption. Four years later no one has been convicted. But, billions and billions of bail outs, incentives, etc. have continued, without even forcing the primary players in the crisis out of their jobs. Not one person is sitting in jail for the biggest case of corruption, fraud, and insider trading between Washington and Wall Street ever. It started with Republicans and then continued with the Democrats. Instead of doing his job and doing the things I voted him in office to do, he is deliberately inciting class warfare (e.g., 1% predominantly white republican race warfare) by blaming others. I believe history will judge this president harshly. That is if the America I know and love survives his presidency. I have been a swing voter and 100% of the presidents I have voted for have been elected.Read more ›
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233 of 312 people found the following review helpful By David Fiedler on January 25, 2012
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This book is an outstanding description of the challenges faced by border states and the denial of federal politicians anxious to corner the hispanic vote. Reviews for this book obviously fall along party lines but the despicable motivations of those on the left intent on rupturing the rule of law re immigration in the name of gaining or maintaining power will leave you numb. Immigration is great as long as it's legal. 5 stars for courage and leadership Governor!
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216 of 294 people found the following review helpful By One With The Planet on November 27, 2011
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This book is well worth the read. The truth of a very serious issue in this country told by the women in the center of bringing some law back to Arizona and this country. The media has really unfairly treated and brain washed the truth away.

Governor Jan Brewer was able to tell the story through her book..

To all of you not living in Arizona and who do not know the ranchers on the border or the illegal aliens who are friends to many of us here have no clue what we as a state have to go through.

God Bless Jan for having the guts to do what other politicains have not been able to do..
Please give it a read before placing judgement on those who see the whole picture and not just one problem in the fight to make the Arizona people and the innocent illegals safe from the war at the border..

Laws are made for reasons..not breaking..Old laws need to be reinforced not ignored..MEXICO clean up your country!!! Time for the blame game to STOP!! Thank You Jan Brewer
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164 of 223 people found the following review helpful By mark beidleman on January 25, 2012
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Honest and insightful.

We are bombarded with the medias take on events in AZ and one sides negative portrait of those in AZ who live on the front lines.

If you believe people in AZ who are against illegal immigration are racist then you should read this book. At least then you can say you honestly listened to the other side.
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70 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 27, 2012
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Just thought it was worth mentioning that out all 34 one star "reviews" that currently exist for this book, not a single one of them is a verified Amazon purchase.

Does that mean that none of them got a copy of this book from anywhere else? Of course not. One of them claims to have checked out a copy from a library, and that could be true. Could be, but it's much more likely that the overwhelming majority of them are simply lying about having read the book because they disagree with Jan Brewer's political beliefs (enforcing the law) and they want to try to retard the sales of her book by posting phony reviews.

Gov. Brewer is a hero for doing the right thing even when it's the most difficult thing to do. She's a patriot for trying to enforce the rule of law and protect her citizens while fighting off the attacks from Obama and his administration. Obama swore to uphold the constitution and our laws but instead he's mocking and attacking those who do. This book is a well written must-read if you want the real scoop on that battle.
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This is really a great book about Arizona, the Governor of Arizona, the politics and the residents of both Arizona and Mexico. It's nice that Jan Brewer took the time to get her word out there. After the media and political agenda groups have distorted the issue of illegal immigrant with legal immigration it is difficult to get unbiased information about illegal immigration and the SB1070 bill. Anyone can be a journalist and/or a blogger now a days and just about publish anything they want to with out worrying about credibility or explaining their own agenda(s). I am glad that the Governor finally got to speak and I am really glad that I took time to read what she had to say.

After all this time and all that has been written and broad-casted, I still learned a lot about the illegal immigration issues from this book. She really understood the issues, but did not seem to realize the amount of emotions SB1070 would instigate. The founded and unfounded emotions generated were obvious a surprise when one state tried to regain control of a growing problem.

I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone that you know who tends to cry racism when illegal immigration is mentioned to them. It is so much better to get information from both sides of any issue, which all journalists and bloggers could learn by reading this book.
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