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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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Product Details

  • 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: #2,450,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Minnesota's pugnaciously quotable governor stood in the national spotlight when he took office: his subsequent book, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed, told his life story. This follow-up offers a smorgasbord of quick stands on specific issues; longer critiques of the political process, the parties and the media; and feelings about his time in government. The governor is against "pork-barrel politics," "government bloat" and "public careerism," and he's upset about the structural advantage enjoyed by incumbents over challengers. He's quite angry at local and national press, especially when he believes they misquote him to create scandals. If some of his positions seem far-out, others can pack a commonsense wallop. He thinks "we're far too dependent on automobiles" and hopes for "more mass transit." He dislikes most gun-control laws, he hates the IRS and even hopes to replace income tax with a national sales tax. And, he's against the death penalty, three-strikes laws and the drug war: "Prison should be reserved for violent offenders." One chapter offers readers an amendment-by-amendment guide to the Bill of Rights, along with the governor's views on how to interpret them; a later chapter proffers generalized advice for resisting hype and spin; another gives programs for electoral and campaign finance reform (four-year synchronized terms for all officeholders, unicameral legislatures and restrictions on private donors). Ventura and coauthor Mooney, of the American Enterprise Institute, capture Jesse the Body's bare-knuckled attitude and his appeal. Though much of the book consists of soothing sound bites, the remainder is a real message from the most successful third-party politician in America: it turns out he's got some useful things to say.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jesse Ventura, the professional wrestler turned governor of Minnesota, has made a career out of being outrageous. Yet this public persona masks a deep and well-thought-out political philosophy. This book could have been titled "A Populist Manifesto," but it probably wouldn't have sold as well. Ventura does the reading himself, and his gravelly wrestler's voice combined with his Minnesota accent makes for fun listening. He makes his points clearly, and the abridgment cheats the reader neither in entertainment (he's a solid raconteur) nor in political philosophy. Among his favorite targets are intrusive reporters and gutless politicians. He pleads for people to become involved in the electoral process and to take back the system. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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Two things upon which Mr. Ventura elaborates are common knowledge: 1) Government is completely out of touch with "we, the people." and 2) The media distort, rather than simply report, the news; like the government itself, the media has become totally self-serving. However, Ventura's numerous examples from his own experiences reveal THE GIGANTIC EXTENT of the corruptedness, which is so shocking it's unbelieveable. A good example is how the media can completely slander someone's reputation using a complete fabrication, no sources even needed. However, this is permissible under the guise of "protecting the sources."
This book has fired me up so much for the hope that a socio-political revolution might take place within the generation.
Very few issues he discusses I disagree with. I especially support his anti-prohibition views (regarding prostitution, marijuana, etc.) and I get the impression most Americans, certainly of the young, open-minded generation, would agree. I admire him one thousand percent for being one of the few politicians who is vocal in his decree that the War on Drugs has failed, and particularly, in his call for marijuana legalization. He declares, I believe quite rightly, that less prohibition actually LOWERS crime, and he offers sound testimony for this opinion with his own personal account of his visit to Amsterdam's Red Light District, which he says has no more crime than the average white, middle-class suburban neighborhood. I've heard the same thing from other people who've been to Amsterdam (and purchased pot from the "Cannabis Coffee Shops").
Most important is his cry for the American public to break out of its current indifference. He reminds us that political corruption only flourishes when we lose touch with our system, thereby submitting our will to our officials' own ends.
I don't know how many others feel as passionately about this as I do, but I sincerely believe every American should read this book.
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