- Publisher: PublicAffairs (2011)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005OXR3ZI
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,855,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future [Hardcover] Paperback – 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
"A Governor's Story" is a first-person account told in Granholm's voice. However, as is made clear from the start, it is a collaborative effort between her and Mulhern. The book tells four different stories. First, it is a history lesson about the impact on Michigan of the Great Recession of this decade, a state with seven times more manufacturing jobs per capita than any other state.
Second, it is a behind-the-scenes look at how states are run at the highest level. It shows the tightrope walking that must be done, the non-stop compromising, cajoling and effort that it takes to get things done, particularly during the time when Granholm was governor and the state legislature was either partially or entirely controlled by Republicans.
Third, it is an important textbook describing the successes and failures Michigan experienced as it dealt with the economic collapse -- including an entire chapter devoted to outlining concrete things that can be done at the federal level to help our country out of the recession, all based on lessons painfully learned in Michigan.
Finally, it is a love story between Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern. Few married couples deal with the types of challenges these two did and come out of it on the other end clearly still a dynamic and loving team.
The parallels between Jennifer Granholm's time in office and what Barack Obama is confronting in his first term as president are unmistakable. Both came to office facing frightening economic challenges but with bold ideas for change. Both faced stiff headwinds from ideologically-motivated opponents intent on thwarting everything they attempted.Read more ›
Prison as Punishment
Ms Granholm makes a very good argument about the positive role of government and the limits to the endless lower taxes argument. She also has some very good facts about the value of serious government investment in education.
Not being from Michigan I do not have a feel for whether any of the long line of programs she started had any impact on the states economy.
Overall I enjoyed the book and learned something.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jennifer where oh where are those jobs you promised us? If your teaching politics in California I'm sure you can teach your students what not to do. Read morePublished 2 months ago by lady Denise 123
typical of all things progressive, she is just a Hillary lapdog. She has only one thing going for her -- and you loose that with age.Published 15 months ago by James L. Hill
A compelling read about Jennifer Granholm's eight years as the chief exec of Michigan. Her first-hand account of working tirelessly to save the automotive industry in the face of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sara R.
Governor Granholm's book was a quick and informative read. She makes a strong case for government led economic planning and investment.Published 19 months ago by Nicholas Sturtevant
Really enjoyed read this book about Gov. Granholm's time as governor of Michigan. Having lived through her entire tenure as Gov. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014
I am a big fan of Jenifer Granholm. I used to watch her on MSNBC all the time. I was not disappointed in this book at all. I highly recommend it.Published on May 26, 2013 by L. Reed
Gives you a femal govenors prospective on the economic downturn in a hard hit state. Great read. Worth a look.Published on April 11, 2013 by Stephanie Borgstrand
I really like politics so I foung this book very interesting.
Also, tells the story of a successful female in modern times.
Dr. Cassandra Massey