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This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House [Kindle Edition]

Herman Cain
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Book Description

When Herman Cain speaks, people listen. When he debates, he wins.

If you care about the future of America, you have heard of the down-to-earth political newcomer running for president, the straight-talking man of the people with blunt assessments of what America needs. Originally overlooked by mainstream politicos and media, Herman Cain is truly a candidate from “outside the Beltway,” but no longer one who is being ignored.


While Herman Cain has been the host of a popular conservative Atlanta-area radio talk show called The Herman Cain Show, a different name originally captured American interest. As CEO, Herman Cain transformed Godfather’s Pizza from a company teetering on the verge of bankruptcy into a household word. Cain—as those with an interest in commonsense solutions to political problems will remember—is also famous for using the language and logic of everyday business to expose the fallacies inherent in Clinton assumptions about “Hillarycare” during a 1994 televised town hall meeting.


Herman Cain’s rise is the embodiment of the American dream. His parents, Luther and Lenora Cain, made a living the only way black people could in the ’40s and ’50s. Luther held down three jobs, including being a chauffeur; Lenora cleaned houses. They had two big dreams: to buy a house and to see their sons graduate from college. With dedication and hard work, they made both these dreams come true. In this thrilling memoir, Herman Cain describes his past and present . . . and the future he is determined to create, a future that will put our country back on track. His message resonates because he describes the American reality, and his down-to-earth personal tale of hope and hard work is both unforgettable and inspirational.


What is it in my DNA that years ago prompted me to forgo the ease of cruise control and take on the enormous challenge of doing my part toward making America a better place for my granddaughter and the generations to come?

Why do I, a son of the segregated South, refuse to think of myself as a “victim” of racism?

What is it that motivates me to insist on defining my identity in terms of “ABC”—as being American first, black second, and Conservative third?

Just who is Herman Cain? And how did I get this way?

Just a hint: it may have had something to do with lessons learned from my parents, Lenora and Luther Cain, Jr.

—From This Is Herman

Editorial Reviews


"A characteristically defiant memoir." --Politico

About the Author

Herman Cain was raised in an impoverished family in segregated Georgia. Inspired by the work ethic and character of his parents, Herman attended Morehouse College and then earned his Master’s from Purdue University. He returned to Atlanta to work for the Coca-Cola Company, then Pillsbury, where he soon became vice president. From there, he served as Vice President for Burger King and then went on to become the CEO of the near-bankrupt Godfather’s Pizza chain, which he returned to solvency in just fourteen months. Herman also served as CEO and President of the National Restaurant Association. He was the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and most recently hosted a radio talk show, The Herman Cain Show, which he gave up to pursue the presidency.

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  • File Size: 2962 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1451666136
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00570ALR0
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279 of 338 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A character of extraordinary competence and integrity October 4, 2011
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Until recently the conventional wisdom has been that businesspeople do not make good elected officials, perhaps because the temperaments between the two professions are so different. However, the professional politicians have made such an awful mess of our state, local, and federal governments that we are now turning to the tough-minded discipline of business leaders to restore fiscal responsibility.

In 2010 we elected many businesspersons as governors, congresspersons, and senators. They seem to be succeeding in reforming state governments to operate within their budgets. Now Herman Cain is running for President as a businessperson pledging to restore our national economy.

Of course, it isn't just the government that's broken. Big business has also tarnished its reputation by becoming greedy and predatory. Big business has destroyed its workers jobs, poisoned the housing market with toxic mortgage derivatives, turned Wall Street into a den of thieves, and encouraged CEO's to treat companies as their own personal piggy banks. Does Cain possess the extraordinary competence and integrity required to recover our economy that has been debilitated by both the failures of government AND business?

Cain begins to answer that question in the first paragraph:

I didn't grow up wanting to be president of the United States. I grew up po', which is even worse than being poor. My American dream entailed working hard and making $20,000 a year, but I surpassed that goal and became a corporate CEO, a regional chairman of the Federal Reserve, a president of the Restaurant Association, an author, and an Atlanta talk show host before retiring at sixty-five on cruise control. And then I became a presidential aspirant.
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132 of 168 people found the following review helpful
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Many people don't know the story of how Herman Cain grew up in the Jim Crow south, only later going on to become a very successful business man. It is very inspirational and this book captures the character, and achievement of Herman perfectly. The forward is just ok but when you get into the actual story Herman will have you laughing your head off while simultaneously making you feel inspired. This book is obviously going to be a favorite for those who know Herman or who listened to his radio show, but I would also urge people to read it who are simply interested in the inspirational story of a civil rights era businessman. His personal trial with racism, his service in the navy, and his multiple turnaround stories are quite enamoring. Great read and must if you want to be an informed voter in the Republican Primary.

If you would like to see Herman's character for yourself try watching this video and then see if you still want to read the book.[...]
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120 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to get to know Herman Cain - Must Read! October 4, 2011
When I read about the time he and his brother tasted the "white water" from the other water fountain (that their mother told them NOT to drink from) I laughed and cried at the same time. This book told me so much about Herman that I never knew and I've been following him on Atlanta's WSB radio station for years. We spend so much time in these @#$%&* debates trying to get to know people in 60 second sound bytes - I love it that this book allows us to know where he comes from and what his values are. I would love to meet him in person, but for the time being, this book has been the next best thing. A must read!
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63 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A primer on Herman Cain for President October 6, 2011
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This review is about the book -- not a review about Herman Cain.

The book is a fast and easy read, written in the first person by Mr. Cain to answer the question "Who is Herman Cain?" that so many people are asking due to his sudden rise as a Presidential Candidate for 2012.

The first third of the book is a quick background of his youth; his parents, his family, how he was raised, what influenced him, and why and how he went to school. An interesting read about what gave him his foundation, and some context on his "formative" years.

A larger third of the book discussed his professional life, how he went from a GS13-14 as a mathematician and government employee with the Department of the Navy, to Pillsbury VP, to Burger King President, and as CEO of Godfathers. This was interesting and informative, as this background provides perspective of how he might "run" the country.

The last part of the book (including appendices) is EXACTLY what you are looking for, and EXACTLY what we wish all candidates would deliver. A checklist of exactly where he stands on the hot issues, and a specific stand on how he would approach problems. No empty rhetoric, no pablum, no double-speak. If EVERY candidate were to publish something like this -- it would go far in helping Americans learn about the candidates directly, without having positions spun positively or negatively by the media. This book is helpful for any voter to learn about Herman Cain, whether one is Republican or Democrat, and whether you fundamentally support or oppose his views.

This is a must read book for every voter, and we can only wish that EVERY candidate will quickly publish a similar primer.
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review from October 11, 2011
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Book Review: This Is Herman Cain! 10/11/2011
by Bill Frezza

Like many Americans, I am starting to pay attention to the implausible black pizza man who insists he is running for president. Until now, the preposterousness of his candidacy had caused me to focus on the rest of the circus troop clamoring to represent the Republican Party in its attempt to spare the country another term of Barack Obama.

The press insists that the race has come down to Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Yet Herman Cain continues to insist that he's running. And, oddly enough, as Romney stalls in the polls and Perry staggers, Cain continues to rise.

Sporadically tuning in to the debates, I keep waiting for Cain to self-destruct. But he insists on saying sensible things. He wants to reform Social Security using the Chilean model? Politicians and the press have been avoiding this example for years, despite the fact that by every measure Chile's approach to social security privatization has been a huge success.

Cain wants to simplify and flatten the tax code, replacing taxes on income and investment with taxes on consumption? He wants to reign in regulatory excess and restore the plain meaning of the Constitution? He claims no secret plan to get us out of Afghanistan but believes that, upon becoming president, he would have to study the issue using the full resources of that office before deciding on a course of action?

Wait a minute. Who is this guy?

So, like many others, I went out and bought his book. I was surprised by the words that flowed across my iPad.

First, Cain writes like he speaks, in plain language. No fifty cent words when nickel words will do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Would have made a great Pres.
Published 1 month ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Antal Gaspar
5.0 out of 5 stars No disappointment whatsoever.
Having me Mr. Cain twice, I was enthused to read about the journey. No disappointment whatsoever.
Published 4 months ago by Earl Harshberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read - wish everyone would to be more informed of how the country should work!
Published 4 months ago by Viv in Texas
3.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into this book. It didn't grab ...
Just couldn't get into this book. It didn't grab me right away. I guess it is just OK, I didn't finish it.
Published 5 months ago by Ann S. Prather Speck
4.0 out of 5 stars easy read with alot of information
very interesting story. easy read with alot of information.
Published 6 months ago by MissiinTexas
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely by the man who should have been president! ...
Definitely by the man who should have been president! But. alas, Joseph's story all over again, and the public bought it!
Published 6 months ago by Marvyle Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gift for my son
Published 8 months ago by Janice Rosa
5.0 out of 5 stars A bumpy ride!
Go get 'em ! Sorry you had such a rough trip that last time. Politics isn't ever pretty.
Published 9 months ago by Sandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but the author has lost his luster as a political force
Herman Cain's life journey, as portrayed in this
autobiography, is impressive and inspiring.

However, It needs to be retitled and repackaged,
as personal... Read more
Published 15 months ago by jlvickerysr
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