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Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge Hardcover – November 19, 2013

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“This guy Walker is one of the gutsiest, toughest, strongest, [most] committed guys I have seen in Republican politics in a long time.”

Rush Limbaugh


“Governor Walker’s principled leadership and common-sense reforms are moving Wisconsin in the right direction.”

Paul Ryan


“He had the courage to take it on, even when it got ugly, and he never stopped.”

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina


“Results matter. And that, more than anything else, explains why Scott Walker won.”

Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard

"Most books by incumbent politicians are not worth the paper they never should have been written on. If, however, enough voters read Walker’s nonfiction thriller, it will make him a — perhaps the — leading candidate for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination."
The Washington Post

About the Author

SCOTT WALKER is the governor of Wisconsin and a leader in the Republican Governors Association. He was previously the county executive of Milwaukee County and a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Before that, he worked for the American Red Cross and IBM. He and his wife, Tonnette, have two sons and live in Wauwatosa.


MARC THIESSEN is the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the author of Courting Disaster. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, and their four children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595231072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595231079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (954 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Union electrician here, I *will* be BUYING this book RIGHT NOW & will edit my post later.

Heard nothing but lies and garbage about Walker from day ONE from my Local, but I havent heard any command to do this from my Union (but they did illegally threaten me to sign the recall petition, AND left all around work on breakroom tables and work benches, using company email to tell us to sign it - which was also against company policy. Upon NOT signing it, I was followed around after ALL work I did, and reported to Human Resources for a "safety violation" which NEVER HAPPENED, and was almost fired while I was an apprentice. Who is the one causing people to lose jobs now? I pay Union dues for this?

I've voted for Walker AND voted for him again in the recall. All I hear is how the Union says we'll be a "right to work state" and we'll all be part-time employees. What a crock of horse apples.

I will be donating a dollar to Scott Walker for EVERY negative and fake review of this book, so please, KEEP IT UP.
IBEW Southeast Wisconsin.
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Format: Paperback
One of the greatest satirical memoirs ever written on the false bravado of a man who professes love for his state workers from a tunnel. A great journey along the billionaire byways of America by a man who couldn't finish college and climbed his way to the top, bribe by bribe. Great tips for aspiring politicians on how to co-ordinate between dark money pacs and campaigns without getting caught. If you are a politician this book is a great practical step by step guide on how to sell out your constituency while avoiding grand jury charges by offering up lesser minions of your administration for arrest and jail while making millions of dollars personally. A personal story of success while overcoming standard morality and fair play by simply ignoring starvation and homelessness you personally cause. I give it 5 stars………...
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Format: Hardcover
Most books written by politicians are horrible. They are often written by someone considering a run for the presidency. They follow a standard bio format that runs toward self-hagiography. Usually these kind of books are virtually unreadable. This is different.

First, Walker has a co-author (Marc Theissen) with real writing chops. This book is readable. Those who have struggled through the dreck of politicians' books know how rare that is.

Second, it is interesting. Since it focusses almost entirely on the events surrounding the budget/union battles in Wisconsin, there is actual action and activity. Even those who strongly oppose Walker would find this insiders account interesting (though probably infuriating).

As a result, this is a book that is worthwhile.

Two things will annoy most any reader (but not surprise those who read politicians' books) the first is the constant refrain about "Vision". Everyone has a vision, that theme could have been dialed back. The second is the price. I know this is a hardcover but it still a lot to pay for such a work. In retrospect, I'd have been happier reading it on kindle or waiting for in store discounting.

I would love to see a book that would match this from the other side's point of view. There are several books about the Act 10 battles. This is a good addition but I think Marty Beil (Wisconsin AFSCME head) should write his account.
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Format: Hardcover
How unions encourage people to write fake reviews for this book "dont-waste-a-second-reading-it-union-pushes-flunkies-to-post-negative-reviews-of-scott-walkers-book".. Most of the reviews on here are phony and from Union thugs
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Format: Kindle Edition
The ratings on this book aren't by people that actually read the book. Rather, this review section has become a battle of who can vote the most. Pro-Walker or anti-walker. Well, he showed Wisconsin twice...TWICE that the majority, by a pretty darn good margin I might add, support Walker.

So big labor has been posting all over in attempt to get all of it's cronies to come here and vote 1-star.

That my friends, is why the votes are either 1, or 5 stars. Not much in-between.
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Format: Hardcover
As a moderate Wisconsin voter who voted for Scott Walker and Russ Feingold in 2010 and again for Scott Walker in the recall election of 2012 (after seeing the boldness of this man's leadership and the results that followed) I found myself captivated with this book. It's been a long time since any politician in Wisconsin has done the vast majority of what he's set out to accomplish without kicking the can down the road. He's done so much in his first three years than most politicians do throughout their time in office, all the while battling a vicious recall election. This book gives Scott a chance to explain what he was thinking and gives insight to why he made the decisions he did. I especially found the death threats against him and his family interesting as I faced similar threats while demonstrating at the Wisconsin state capitol and on street corners in 2012. While I do have a few issues with his governorship, (no one agrees with anyone 100% of the time) as I was reading what Governor Walker wrote in this book, I was convinced that he is a man of principle and one worthy of my vote again in 2014. As a medically retired Marine Corps Veteran, I can personally attest that his support for our military and veteran community is outstanding and certainly unmatched. Governor Walker restored the Wisconsin G.I. Bill and granted Veterans enrollment preference at the University of Wisconsin. This has helped myself and fellow veterans relocate back to Wisconsin after our active-duty service ended.

For so many years it seems politicians in both parties did only what was popular and not what was right. Well, Governor Walker is proof that doing what is right can be popular after all. This book will serve as an insight to Scott Walker and the rationale behind the decisions he's made.
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