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A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future Hardcover – Sep 20 2011

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586489976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586489977
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This book shows how hard it is to be a politician who cares. Nov. 20 2011
By Allen Weitsman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reading the first 7 chapters in this book was painful. It explains how Governor Granholm took office full of optimism about what she would accomplish only to find that events would unfold almost daily keeping her in survival mode. However, from chapter 8 on, one sees the many ways that stimulus did help, and could have helped even more if it had been bigger. She makes a cogent case for more government involvement, not less, and details her own activities at attracting business to Michigan....... and not by busting unions. There are 2 unfortunate epilogues. One is that clearly the citizens of the state are woefully uninformed (they should read the book) since they elected a Republican as her successor. The second is that Governor Granholm is currently out of government service, where she is so badly needed.
40 of 56 people found the following review helpful
An important book and a significant contribution to the national dialog Sept. 20 2011
By Eclectablog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an excerpt from a more comprenhensive review which can be read at [...].

"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. Both are, frankly, blamed for things that were beyond their control. As Granholm and Mulhern exit stage left, they are leaving us with a thoughtful, well-informed and honest account of what went right, what went wrong and what lessons we can learn from Michigan, a state Granholm called a "laboratory of democracy" in a New York Times interview this week. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal or independent, "A Governor's Story" teaches important lessons. Let's hope our leaders are willing to learn from them.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great read! Dec 25 2011
By dcwumpus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've spent my whole life in Michigan and care deeply about this state. This book is an intimate look inside a passionate, thoughtful governor's efforts to turn my state around. It's a must-read for anyone upset with the direction of politics today, wanting to understand what needs to be done to turn our struggling economy around. This book is a really great read.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good recent history of Michigan and its economy Nov. 27 2011
By Ascender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Governor Granholm has been criticized a lot for events beyond her control. She just happened to be in office during a very bad time in Michigan's history. She understands economics. One of my favorite statements in the book is that this downturn (not only in Michigan but in the entire U.S.) is structural, not cyclical. That simple fact is a good indication of what she understands, and what so many policians and other talking heads do not. In addition to the fact that the substance of the book is good, it's an enjoyable read.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Pragmatic and Engaging Story Oct. 23 2011
By sandersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An engaging story - it almost reads like a novel, but offers a compelling assessment of today's economic reality, and lot of pragmatic economic policy, in a very personal way. Even though I'm a busy person, I had a hard time putting it down. Jennifer Granholm and Dan Mulhern expertly weave their personal life stories with the intense activities of governing and getting re-elected. Throughout the book, Granholm makes a subtle yet strong statement of her qualifications for Feinstein's (likely to be vacated after 2012) Senate seat - I sense that she will emerge as the leading contender.