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Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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About the Author

Nikki Haley was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 2004 and reelected in 2006 and 2008. She was elected governor in 2010. She and her husband, Michael, an officer in the South Carolina National Guard, have two young children.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230850
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. A. Lynch on December 29, 2013
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I teach at a women's liberal arts university, and I think that if Nikki Haley were a liberal, my colleagues would be building a statue to her on Front Quad! Her is a woman who overcame prejudice and obscurity, who took on the male-dominated political machines in her town and her state, who held her family together while her husband was deployed, and who imprinted her state government with her view of what's right.

Haley tells her life story with the proper mix of humility and pride, and provides more detail on her policies and political work that I find in most political autobiographies. She treats her enemies with respect (more than they showed her, certainly), and permits the researcher to easily verify the truth of what she writes. This book would make an excellent supplemental text for my college course on State and Local Politics.
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This book gives your clear. Understanding of what formed the person Nikie Haley is today. She is candid about her past and where she is in her thinking today. The fact that she is a woman I think gives her a nurturing outlook for her job as Governor and a careing for the people she serves.
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I opted to read this book because I needed to read a biography/autobiography on a policymaker for a class I was enrolled in but, boy, am I glad that I did! Nikki paints a vivid picture of her entire life, making it seem almost as if she is sitting next to you, reading the story aloud. She is very candid and does not skimp on the truth when exposing the 'bad' side of politics. I particularly loved how she talked about how she was able to overcome financial disadvantages in her campaign as that is something that people do not typically talk about. Overall, a great read that I highly recommend for anyone who is at all interested in politics or reading about a strong female leader's journey.
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I highly recommend this book. It was one I couldn't put down. I started it pm Wednesday night and read all night. I was so impressed with Governor's Haley's story. The way she wants government to run is the way I have felt it should be for years but rarely do you see anyone that makes it start to become reality. I moved back to SC about 3years ago and have been so impressed with the way she runs this state. It has really changed especially since Nikki Haley became Governor. Her story restores faith that our wonderful country can be that way again with the right leadership. And her strong faith is the thing that impressed me the most. I know that is the leadership our country needs and is what I have been praying for. Everyone should read this book. Needs to be required reading in high school. Would really be an inspiration. Keep it up Governor Haley. Our country needs you.
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I chose the rating I did because of her ideas. I'm not conservative or republican and I'm not a fan of most of her supporters but I do like how she thinks. She thinks like a small business owner and wants smaller government. I don't like Trump. Nikki and Donald have similar ideas but I believe she's the one who could actually fix our country for the better.
She did state that running for governor was the last race she'd run.....
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I did not know that Governor Haley was from an immigrant family. I have a great respect for her and her service to her country the USA.
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I loved this book! Very well-written and inspirational! I am a Texan but I can relate to the challenges the state of South Carolina faces because our States are very similar in many respects. I admire and respect Governor Haley so much and I hope she runs for President some day!
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This book is an informative, fast read about the rise of Nikki Haley and also about what's wrong with our political system today. I wouldn't be surprised at all if Nikki Haley isn't our first woman President. She would definitely have my vote.
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