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Sometime after dark on March 27, 2010, Arizona rancher Robert Krentz was found dead next to his four-wheeler on the grounds of his ranch on the Arizona-Mexico border. Krentz and his dog, Blue, had been missing since that morning. They were last heard from when he radioed his brother to say that he’d found an illegal alien on the property and was going to offer him assistance. The man Krentz encountered that day shot and killed him and his dog, without warning, before escaping to Mexico.

It’s difficult to overstate the impact of Krentz’s death, which turned the issue of Arizona’s unsecured border—a crisis that the federal government had repeatedly ignored—into a national concern. As Arizona sheriff Larry Dever said in his testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, “We cannot sit by while our citizens are terrorized, robbed, and murdered by ruthless and desperate people who enter our country illegally.” This momentum helped pass SB 1070, a bill that authorizes local law enforcement under certain conditions to question persons reasonably suspected of being illegal aliens, which Governor Jan Brewer and the state legislature had been working on for months. With the passage of this controversial bill, the state of Arizona became ground zero in the impassioned debate over illegal immigration. The Democrats and the media went into overdrive, denouncing the state and its governor as racists and Nazis.

Governor Brewer, a lifelong Arizona resident with deep ties to the community, was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1982, and hasn’t lost an election since. As a state official, she watched with increasing dismay as illegal immigration exploded across Arizona’s border, and noticed the devastating effect it was having on the state. Causing an escalation in violence, an influx of drugs, and prisons and hospitals to fill to overflowing, this problem was not only wreaking havoc on the moral fabric of the community but placing an even greater strain on Arizona’s beleaguered health, educational, and social welfare networks. Growing frustrated with the failure of the federal government to respond to her pleas for assistance, Governor Brewer led the state to action. Scorpions for Breakfast is Brewer’s commonsense account of her fight to secure our nation’s border in the face of persistent federal inaction. Her book is vital reading for all Americans interested in the real change that can happen when local leaders take the initiative to preserve our country and our laws.

About the Author

Jan Brewer became Arizona’s twenty-second governor in January 2009, upon the resignation of then-Governor Janet Napolitano, inheriting one of the worst fiscal crises in the country for any state. Born to a close-knit family during World War II, Governor Brewer aggressively confronts the trials of life and government with conservative common sense. Governor Brewer is now serving her second term, after winning a convincing 2010 election victory.

Few if any elected officials in Arizona have a broader range of productive experience in public service than Governor Jan Brewer. She was first elected to public office in 1982 to the Arizona House of Representatives and later to the State Senate. She also served on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and was elected twice as Arizona’s secretary of state. A tough leader, Governor Brewer has always fought for her fellow citizens during her twenty-nine years of public service.

Governor Brewer and her husband, John, live in Glendale, Arizona, where they raised their three sons.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Broadside Books; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062106392
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062106391
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book to be both eye opening and gut wrenching. I have long ago stopped watching the news channels. I am an Independent and have been closely following the GOP race and polls on the net. While browsing I came across a blog about the tarmac incident..... curious about the cause I bought the book. The book comes across as very authentic. If I had any doubts, the hateful personal attacks from those who obviously did not read the book proves just how true it is. What is gut wrenching is the president is now raising the stakes and repeating the same behavior, except it is at the national level and pitting Americans against each other. It is the same ploy.... point the finger at the 1%, it is their fault we don't have jobs, their fault the housing market is still falling with 4 million foreclosures this year (despite being put on hold due to fraud), their fault we have an anemic economy, and their fault the dollar is free falling. The reason for the financial crisis is corruption. Four years later no one has been convicted. But, billions and billions of bail outs, incentives, etc. have continued, without even forcing the primary players in the crisis out of their jobs. Not one person is sitting in jail for the biggest case of corruption, fraud, and insider trading between Washington and Wall Street ever. It started with Republicans and then continued with the Democrats. Instead of doing his job and doing the things I voted him in office to do, he is deliberately inciting class warfare (e.g., 1% predominantly white republican race warfare) by blaming others. I believe history will judge this president harshly. That is if the America I know and love survives his presidency. I have been a swing voter and 100% of the presidents I have voted for have been elected.Read more ›
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Interesting lady. I believe she is a true patriot who's dedicated to serving her constituents, and all citizens of AZ. I admire and highly respect her dedication and her calm while under the LIBERAL BARAGE she was subjected to. Definitely a Lady of Class and one who cares.
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I really appreciated Jan Brewer's courage and patriotism. I was so moved by what she had accomplished in the face of overwhelming odds. The Feds have no business calling out the states on actions designed to protect their own people. The Federal government has gotten much larger than the Constitution gives it the authority to do so and States do need to realize it. I was a prosecutor in New Mexico. I never had half an idea of the crimes that were committed until I worked in the DA's office. Just because you don't see it and it isn't reported in the newspaper or the news, doesn't mean the violence, gangs and drugs aren't there. Pictures of the cartel violence are worse than a war zone because they do mutilate the bodies. This book is an inspirational must read that helps us get back to the roots of the people!
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This book is an outstanding description of the challenges faced by border states and the denial of federal politicians anxious to corner the hispanic vote. Reviews for this book obviously fall along party lines but the despicable motivations of those on the left intent on rupturing the rule of law re immigration in the name of gaining or maintaining power will leave you numb. Immigration is great as long as it's legal. 5 stars for courage and leadership Governor!
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I have supported Jan Brewer from the start and thought I knew what she and our fellow Americans in Arizona were going through with the illegal immigration problem but this book proved I had more to learn. Everyone should read this book, ESPECIALLY OUR POLITICIANS. Controlling our boders and enforcing our laws has nothing whatsoever to do with racism or predjudice. I am not a wealthy person but I decided several years ago that when a politician does something outstanding that is very difficult but the "right" thing to do, I send them a small donation. My token donations with letters of appreciation have gone to Jan Brewer, Joe Barletta (PA) who took an aggressive stand on illegal immigration, Joe Wilson (SC) who called Obama a lier during his healthcare speech in 2009, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, to name a few. I hope others will join in and do the same. A letter of appreciation to your heros and/or even the smallest donation is a nice way of supporting those who have earned our trust and respect. I pray that Jan Brewer is safe and that her political career reaches dramatic heights. Offhand, the only female I can think of who I have more respect for is Mother Theresa.
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This book is well worth the read. The truth of a very serious issue in this country told by the women in the center of bringing some law back to Arizona and this country. The media has really unfairly treated and brain washed the truth away.

Governor Jan Brewer was able to tell the story through her book..

To all of you not living in Arizona and who do not know the ranchers on the border or the illegal aliens who are friends to many of us here have no clue what we as a state have to go through.

God Bless Jan for having the guts to do what other politicains have not been able to do..
Please give it a read before placing judgement on those who see the whole picture and not just one problem in the fight to make the Arizona people and the innocent illegals safe from the war at the border..

Laws are made for reasons..not breaking..Old laws need to be reinforced not ignored..MEXICO clean up your country!!! Time for the blame game to STOP!! Thank You Jan Brewer
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