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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

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel; Updated edition (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595231110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595231116
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (900 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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466 of 596 people found the following review helpful By V S on November 30, 2013
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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351 of 474 people found the following review helpful By Jane Black on November 30, 2013
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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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Badger on December 1, 2013
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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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Val on December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Historically accurate recounting of the boorish behavior of hired union puppets that trashed our Capital. Scott Walker is an awesome governor who is not afraid to do what is right.
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35 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Tim on December 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Living in Wisconsin, I followed the multiple recalls very closely. This book is a true exposé' of the disgraceful attempts of the unions to override the taxpayers and how Governor Walker and the Assembly stood up to the thuggery. This is a must read for all.
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281 of 386 people found the following review helpful By Karen Rosa on November 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I haven't read it, but think you should know that most of these reviews are written by people who have not yet read the book (negative and positive reviews). A union Facebook page is calling on its members to negatively review the book in hopes of lowering the overall rating - even cheering that it went from 2.5 stars to 2 stars ([...]). That's pretty sickening. Review the book on its content, not your political affiliation.

Look for reviews that cite page numbers or specifics, not the content that has been taken out of context and linked on the union's Facebook page.
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250 of 345 people found the following review helpful By george073 on November 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A revealing book by the man at the center of Wisconsin's government reform which resulted in the mobs of union thugs at the state Capitol in Madison. Walker's experience dealing with the union bosses as the chief executive in Milwaukee County served him well as governor. The pragmatism and political skill of Scott Walker and the Republican leadership in both houses at the capitol is laid out in this book. Walker was able to break the stranglehold the union bosses had on the entire state and local governments and turn a $3.6 billion deficit into a surplus. An incredible turn around from the previous administration for the taxpayers in Wisconsin!

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176 of 243 people found the following review helpful By Josef Leveratto on November 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Rarely does one get to experience historical moments such as the reforms of Act 10 and the recalls that followed, and even more rare is to see it in the perspective of the person behind it all.

Governor Walker came into office with a fiscal crisis. With his reforms he worked through it to much resistance. This book gives his unique perspective of how people respond when one actually follows through with their promises. Politicians rarely make bold and necessary decisions to avoid the backlash of touching any of the many so called "third-rails" in politics, which ultimately leads to inaction and no change. You can see in this book some of the personal turmoil he went through because of his decision to actually fix Wisconsin's financial structural issues. In the end the voters here in Wisconsin supported the Governor's courageous actions by reelecting him during his recall election. Politicians around the country and especially in Washington should take note of the model of leadership Governor Walker lays out in this book. If the people have elected you to govern and fix the issues of our day then do it. Whatever one's politics are, they surely can recognize that Governor Walker is man of principle, action, and resolve.

I highly recommend this book to get a glimpse of all this through the eyes of man who will undoubtedly be remembered as one of Wisconsin's great governors.

-J
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