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Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Former pro wrestler and Minnesota governor Ventura (Do I Stand Alone?) has been awakened out of semiretirement by his outrage over the grievous state of the country and his need to once again exercise his enormous ego by rehashing events from his life and political career. He holds forth in his typical blunt, anti-intellectual style on a range of topics including the Rolling Stones, Fidel Castro and 9/11 conspiracy theories. His diatribes are loosely linked to a travelogue as Ventura and his wife drive to Baja California in their truck-camper. Excerpts from interviews and his wife's diaries provide a welcome break from Ventura's boorish tone (although his anecdotes—particularly one involving the Dalai Lama and the film Caddyshack—are occasionally amusing). The book concludes with Ventura combining his three passions: wrestling, politics and self-adulation when he imagines running for President on a WWE ticket. Whether the reader will find that a horrifying fantasy or a hilarious one will largely determine how they feel about this book. (May)
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About the Author
is the former governor of Minnesota and author of four national bestsellers, including
Ventura is the host of the television show
is a nationally respected activist, environmentalist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including, with Jesse Ventura, The
. He is also the author of
. Russell has been published in many of the nation's top magazines and has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio programs, including the
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The conclusions almost reached in this book left me wondering what the revolution was about. Yes, anti-status quo and all that good stuff, but how? When does it happen? Why can't HE start the revolution. Politically he was once in a great place to start.
It's a bit of a let down, but it can be enjoyed as a slice of history, both Gov. Ventura's and our nation's as well.
In the words of JFK "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
I'll leave it at that and avoid wandering down the road of rehashing everything Jesse covered and away from the book by rambling on about things he didn't. Keeping it short, the Republic is in big trouble! I could go on rehashing what's already been said, but there are some stellar reviews on this book that I simply can not top. So here's my tip of the hat to the book and my recommendation.
read alot. in america you are told at an early age that any one can be president, not so. when you
vote you have the choice between two chosen liers. this book takes on a journey where you learn first hand the struggle of any third party candidate. this is the type of book you buy, and the buy another for a friend as a gift. too much wool has been pulled over the eyes of the american people.
and jesse exposes alot of it. if youre truely an american who loves his country,take some time out and educate yourself.
But if you watch all the videos of Jesse on the internet - one thing always comes to my mind. This is a man who loves to hear himself talk. Regardless of his views - right or wrong. He loves to just go on and on and conquer every hot topic out there. Very often with little to no support for the basis of his opinion or solution to fix it. This book is identical to all the little videos of him circulating. I like him - sometimes because I agree with him and respect his clarity. Sometimes purely because he is entertaining - right, wrong or overly simplified. His book fits this mold. The most appealing thing about him to his fans is that he was a politician and we all dream that our other elected officials behaved with the morality and simplicity Jesse does.
This book is about the trip Jesse and his Wife make out of the US to live in Mexico. Along that trip he recalls many memories as governor of Minnesota and volunteers his current views in political issues of the day. The thing that is so damn compelling about Jesse is he cuts through the semantics and says it exactly how he sees it. And 90% of the time it jives with everyone else. And I like that, especially from a politician. Jesse said America has become very boring - same chain restaurants, same chain stores - he's right. His view and remedies on our two party politics and term limits is on mark.
His view on immigration - "just throw them out" is not practical. Illegals are so intertwined in our economy that to do so would cripple it. And there is a "human" side to the story. His view on Castro leans more like he was so impressed by him that his emotional connection triggers his response to open relations with this country, But, it's not that simple.
Jesse really wet my whistle with the 9/11 "conspiracy" and very important unanswered questions by our government. I have done a lot more reading as a result of his views.
Just is a great book if you're a fan. If you know little of him as a politician - I recommend this book. Easy read, interesting read - he's a fascinating man.