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Accused of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated senate seat, impeached as governor of Illinois, and abused as a national joke, Blagojevich recounts his political life in this desperate, unsuccessful bid for redemption. While steadfastly maintaining his belief that he's the victim of a vicious conspiracy (headed by members of his own Democratic party), Blagojevich focuses on his humble roots and the good works he has done for the citizens of Illinois. Surprisingly candid about the shady inner workings of local Chicago politics, Blagojevich holds himself aloof from the fray of corruption and glad-handing, faking an almost willful naivety; his absolute refusal to admit wrongdoing rings particularly hollow in combination with his canny insider observations. Blagojevich tries to paper over his disingenuity with incessant repetition and grandiose comparisons to figures like Roosevelt and Shakespeare (a memorable leftover from his earlier cable-news charm offense). Rather than provide any answers, Blogojevich stokes the fires of suspicion, inspiring another, more specific round of questions.
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About the Author

Democrat Rod Blagojevich served as the 40th Governor of Illinois. Son of a Serbian immigrant, he attended Northwestern and earned a law degree from Pepperdine University. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 5th District in 1996, he was elected governor in 2002, re-elected in 2006, and forced from office in 2009.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; First Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597776467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597776462
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part of this motion included removing Blagojevich's power to appoint the next U.S. Senator to the vacant senate seat.
O. Rios
I can't believe how this man is so far removed from reality that he doesn't even realize it, or how he has the audacity to just lie, lie, lie.
Paul Allaer
I would recommend this book for high school and college students who have interests in learning about our "government."
J. C. Barfield

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tvtv3 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm from downstate Illinois. For over five years Rod Blagojevich was our governor. The only reason he was initially elected as Illinois Governor was because of the downstate vote. After he was elected it was clear he didn't really seem to care much for downstate Illinois: he refused to move into the Governor's mansion in Springfield, he tried to close several state operations in the downstate area (prisons, historical sites, etc.), and none of his top cabinet officials originated from anywhere south of Peoria. He was re-elected-but not without scandal-by a narrow margin because basically no one was running against him (the Republican nominee at the time was a female who basically shared almost all of his political ideology and who was also from the Chicago suburbs). When he was arrested, no one was surprised. Everyone where I lived saw it coming long ago and agreed that it was about time.

Despite all of this, I decided to give our former governor a chance and I read his book. I thought that perhaps it might provide some insight or at least some juicy information. Since his arrest, Blagojevich has claimed to be innocent of the crimes for which he was arrested and were eventually impeached, so I thought if nothing else the book would give a few scraps of actually why he was innocent. Even if the book didn't provide any of that, I thought that it would at least be well written. I wasn't even close because THE GOVERNOR doesn't reveal anything really new and the writing is so bad that it makes Blagojevich the Governor seem like a superhero compared to Blagojevich the Author.

The book starts of by telling Blagojevich's version of what happened on Dec. 8, 2008 when he was arrested at his own home. This is one of the few parts of the book that a person can relate to.
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In The Governor, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich demonstrates the character flaws that hypercharged his rise as a tough prosecutor and ended his political career in spectacular fashion. He was indicted on political corruption charges and unanimously removed from office by the Illinois legislature.

He lets us know he's not going to be silenced but then his book doesn't reveal any political facts, missing a perfect opportunity for everybody. Where are the insider deal-making accounts that would have defined this chapter in Illinois history and provided entertainment on an international scale? While I was naturally inclined to get the other side of the story, I felt disappointed.

The Governor doesn't spotlight previously undisclosed corruption. There are no political paybacks from now-impeached Governor Blagojevich, no salacious stories, no juicy details - just a rehash of strident denials and protestations of innocence from his national media tour served with histrionics. The Governor did not reveal a shadow world of Illinois politics as its prerelease promotion implied.

Blagojevich as a Governor and author is a "wedge creator," someone who invokes a big cause (like increased health care coverage for the poor), creates a bad guy (typically for Blagojevich, the Illinois state legislature controlled by his own political party), and positions himself as the hero. This framework allows Blagojevich to suggest that ends justify means. In the former Governor's narcissistic mind, his super-charged, pay-to-play fundraising and his disregard for constitutional and legal technicalities are necessary sacrifices for some greater good. Blagojevich's ramblings about his big causes (259 pages) are superficial and dull.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By O. Rios on October 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
you have to admit that Rod Blaojevich is pretty convincing. He's been on every tv show from here to Timbuktu.

His own personally written book, "The Governor" is about this arrest, his life, and the allegations being brought against him by United States Government.

The books starts off as a page turner, recollecting the day he was arrested to the whole process of the day.

then he gets into the roots of his childhood and you begin to lose interest because you really want to know about the allegations more than anything, since that is what he's been denying the entire time.

So here is his official story, and it's been told time and again.

When Barack Obama won the Presidency, his Illinois Senate seat became vacant and it was up to Governor Blagojevich to fill that seat.

He reminds readers that he actually could have filled that seat himself, but rather, he chose the daughter of his biggest political nemises.

He chose Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in political favor that her father and Blagojevich's biggest nemises, Illinois Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Madigan, would help pass a job's bill to create some 500,000 new jobs as well as a bill to not pass a new income tax bill.

All the while, he was already under investigation for political corruption, and it didn't help that his conversations were taped and included some pretty incriminating statements such as "this is a valuable just don't give it away for nothing". (saying this isn't criminal by the way and proves nothing)

In his book, Governor Blagojevich says that he had already made the decision to appoint Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the U.S.
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