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Do I Stand Alone?: Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals Mass Market Paperback – Oct 30 2001


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (Oct. 30 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743405870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743405874
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 163 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,261,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
This book should be subtitled "I Ain't Got Time to Read" -- an activity Governor Ventura should have indulged in more often, starting with the galley proofs of this book. I mean, it doesn't even get his REAL NAME right!
Nor is this the only inaccuracy. He claims he has inadequate security protection --- but in fact, he has more security than most state governors. (There was also a debate here in MN about who should pay for security on his book-promotion tours. His publishers originally said "no" and he expected the people of Minnesota to pick up the tab. Why can't he just pay for it himself out of his bestseller royalties? Talk about pork!)
Throughout this book, Ventura constantly whines about how he has been mistreated (supposedly) by the media, and how people do not take him or his third party's ideas seriously. Well, if you want to be taken seriously, then you have to take the office seriously, and not go around insulting people.
What Jesse does not seem to get is, that a public figure is, well, public -- if the governor -- ANY governor -- says provocative things, then the media will report them, because that is the media's job. Jesse seems to enjoy being a controversial celebrity with a big mouth, but can't take the heat when people disapprove of what he says. He may be macho-man in the wrestling ring, but when it comes to the political arena, he's a total wimp. About the best thing I can say for this book is that it sure makes me glad I didn't vote for him!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James T. Line on July 28 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
I must admit, being the avid reader that I am I did NOT read this book but instead listened to the three-hour audio book as I drove home from a vacation with my wife. I have a lot of collegiate training in the fields of philosophy. Ventura, who is quite impressive with his practical knowledge, is really just applying the laws of logic to political beliefs in his book. In the last quarter of his book (Side 2 of tape 2), he simply goes through the irrelevance of giving "ad hominem" ('to the man') attacks, "ad populum" (to the population) attacks, red herring (irrelevant) arguments and common fallacies of logic used by many in debates. He makes many points, giving examples of each kind of logical fallacy, and when he is finished all I could do was agree with him. I must say, with 7 years of university training in theology/philosophy Ventura is right up there with any famous philosopher. I especially enjoyed his insights on how the news media notoriously twists things around by making invalid points to "prove" something that is really just wrong. I would recommend this to anybody, especially those who are pursing philosophical training.
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By A Customer on Oct. 2 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book (audio) was everything I expected it to be. I had not read anything from Mr. Ventura prior to this experience, although I had watched a couple of his debates. He sounded like he was a man with an idea, and some principal. I listened to the audio version and found that Mr. Ventura is the exact type of politician this country needs more of. I truly hope more people reado or listen to his material and are inspired to hold public offices, it is the last hope of a declining nation.
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Format: Hardcover
Although I currently live in Pennsylvania, I am a proud Minnesotan. Governor Ventura is my governor. However, as a student of political philosophy, it did not even begin to occur to me that Jesse the Body might be Jesse the Brain as well. After ready his book, Do I Stand Alone?, I am not positive what to think.
I enjoyed Do I Stand Alone?. Political science it is not. But, this book does provide an insiders perspective on the workings of Minnesota's and the nation's political machinery. Governor Ventura does an admirable job detailing the media-money monster's hold on America's government, and he makes predictions about where we as a country are headed if things don't change.
Governor Ventura is not an elitist, and his writing is aimed at about a high school level. The text is divided into short sections each headed by a catchy platitude. I found this style and other details of the writing to be ironic, given the author's negativity toward sound bytes and over-simplification.
Jesse Ventura is certainly one of the most interesting politicians in office today, and his ideas are worth the quick read that they are. While buying his book does contribute to his personal wealth, it does not constitute a vote!
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By A Customer on June 18 2002
Format: Hardcover
Jesse "The Mouth" Ventura must enjoy his 4 years of fame while he's out writing books and taking trips on the tax payers expense.
Jesse leaves out the fact that the reason the "Media Jackals" are out to get him is due to the fact that Ventura wont give people a straight answer and he hides behind his spokesman Wodley and has been a pain in the rear end to the press and citizens who respectfully would like an explanation for his actions.
Jesse has a style that can't be mimmicked by anyone else and that's why I won't dump on the book and give it a one star. The book is the opinions of a person who is very blunt and to the point and his views are hardly mainstream.
Before you wan't him for President you need to take a closer exam at Minnesota during his 4 years (thank heavens it will only be 1 term)and read the articles that will show that some of the "Politicians" that he had beefs with were angry at the fact that Jesse didn't exactly listen to them or he was off on a book promotion tour at the time they needed him the most. I can get more into details of the truth v. Ventura but all you have is 1,000 words
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