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Accused of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated senate seat, impeached as governor of Illinois, and abused as a national joke, Blagojevich recounts his political life in this desperate, unsuccessful bid for redemption. While steadfastly maintaining his belief that he's the victim of a vicious conspiracy (headed by members of his own Democratic party), Blagojevich focuses on his humble roots and the good works he has done for the citizens of Illinois. Surprisingly candid about the shady inner workings of local Chicago politics, Blagojevich holds himself aloof from the fray of corruption and glad-handing, faking an almost willful naivety; his absolute refusal to admit wrongdoing rings particularly hollow in combination with his canny insider observations. Blagojevich tries to paper over his disingenuity with incessant repetition and grandiose comparisons to figures like Roosevelt and Shakespeare (a memorable leftover from his earlier cable-news charm offense). Rather than provide any answers, Blogojevich stokes the fires of suspicion, inspiring another, more specific round of questions.
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About the Author

Democrat Rod Blagojevich served as the 40th Governor of Illinois. Son of a Serbian immigrant, he attended Northwestern and earned a law degree from Pepperdine University. First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 5th District in 1996, he was elected governor in 2002, re-elected in 2006, and forced from office in 2009.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books; First Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597776467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597776462
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,366,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A dad TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2009
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In The Governor, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich demonstrates the character flaws that hypercharged his rise as a tough prosecutor and ended his political career in spectacular fashion. He was indicted on political corruption charges and unanimously removed from office by the Illinois legislature.

He lets us know he's not going to be silenced but then his book doesn't reveal any political facts, missing a perfect opportunity for everybody. Where are the insider deal-making accounts that would have defined this chapter in Illinois history and provided entertainment on an international scale? While I was naturally inclined to get the other side of the story, I felt disappointed.

The Governor doesn't spotlight previously undisclosed corruption. There are no political paybacks from now-impeached Governor Blagojevich, no salacious stories, no juicy details - just a rehash of strident denials and protestations of innocence from his national media tour served with histrionics. The Governor did not reveal a shadow world of Illinois politics as its prerelease promotion implied.

Blagojevich as a Governor and author is a "wedge creator," someone who invokes a big cause (like increased health care coverage for the poor), creates a bad guy (typically for Blagojevich, the Illinois state legislature controlled by his own political party), and positions himself as the hero. This framework allows Blagojevich to suggest that ends justify means. In the former Governor's narcissistic mind, his super-charged, pay-to-play fundraising and his disregard for constitutional and legal technicalities are necessary sacrifices for some greater good. Blagojevich's ramblings about his big causes (259 pages) are superficial and dull.
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This is the book where Rod Blagojevich, who states he was unable to present his case during his impeachment hearings, presents his side of the story. It is also the autobiography of one of the most memorable people in modern politics.

Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested on December 9, 2008. He had no expectation it would happen. He was considering filling the U.S. Senate vacancy left by Barack Obama to become President. The FBI showed up at 6 am at his house announcing he as being arrested. His first thought was that it was a joke. He learned his phone had been taped. He believes the tapes dared the FBI to arrest him but the full tapes show the truth.

Readers learn his claims of troubles caused by his father's landfill business business. Blaojevich marred Patty, whose father Richard Mell, was a Chicago Democratic ward boss. His state legislator suddenly moved out of his ward. Mell quickly needed a candidate and asked Blagojevich to rum. Blagojevich asked for the freedom to take his own position of issues, to which Mell replied he didn't care about issues. Blagojevich put all of $25,000 he had into the race. His in-laws matches it will a loan that he repaid. He defeated a candidate from U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski's ward in the primary, winning 61% of the vote.

Blagojevich served two terms in the State House. Blagojevich observed that Speaker Mike Madison ran things without challenge. He determined which bills ran, he raised the campaign funds for most of the Democratic representatives, he made all the committee appointments, and the members gave him blind loyalty. He claims most legislators spent their tine drinking and partying.

After serving in Congress, Blagojevich ran for Governor. Early polling had him running third in the primary.
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In this book The Governor, Rod Blagoyevich is very compelling. He talks about his
struggles and life in general. Also all the accomplishments he made as
Governor to help the people. He only did what everybody in politics does.
Nothing more shocking than any other politician out there. He tried to do right
in the system but had to concede in some respects to work in that system. At most,
maybe he made some mistakes, but not big mistakes in my opinion. He tried to correct
whatever wrongs he did but in an incredibly corruptible form of government, it is hard
to make sure you do everything right, or what you think is right, because the way the system works
is all corrupt in itself.
In all, he did what he thought was right for his State and to improve the lives
of the people. Especially in regard to women, children, the elderly, and everyone in general. The
working class poor, especially were helped by his programs.
He has not been given enough credit in the media for this. That is the shame of it.
I recommend everyone, young and old, read his book to understand this compelling and charismatic man.
So we may all understand his side of the story. No politician isn't tainted by the system, but credit
should be given if you try to change the system or try to be as honest as you can, with what you have to work with.
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you have to admit that Rod Blaojevich is pretty convincing. He's been on every tv show from here to Timbuktu.

His own personally written book, "The Governor" is about this arrest, his life, and the allegations being brought against him by United States Government.

The books starts off as a page turner, recollecting the day he was arrested to the whole process of the day.

then he gets into the roots of his childhood and you begin to lose interest because you really want to know about the allegations more than anything, since that is what he's been denying the entire time.

So here is his official story, and it's been told time and again.

When Barack Obama won the Presidency, his Illinois Senate seat became vacant and it was up to Governor Blagojevich to fill that seat.

He reminds readers that he actually could have filled that seat himself, but rather, he chose the daughter of his biggest political nemises.

He chose Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in political favor that her father and Blagojevich's biggest nemises, Illinois Speaker of the House of Representatives Michael Madigan, would help pass a job's bill to create some 500,000 new jobs as well as a bill to not pass a new income tax bill.

All the while, he was already under investigation for political corruption, and it didn't help that his conversations were taped and included some pretty incriminating statements such as "this is a valuable thing....you just don't give it away for nothing". (saying this isn't criminal by the way and proves nothing)

In his book, Governor Blagojevich says that he had already made the decision to appoint Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the U.S.
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