Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!: From the Minnesota Governor's Mansion to the Baja Outback : Reflections and Revisionings

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Skyhorse Pub., 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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Jesse Ventura has had many lives—as a Navy SEAL, as a star of pro wrestling, as an actor, and as the governor of Minnesota. His previous books, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed and Do I Stand Alone?, were both national bestsellers. Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! is the story of his controversial gubernatorial years and his life since deciding not to seek a second term as governor in 2002. Written with award-winning author Dick Russell at a secluded location on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Ventura's bestselling book reveals for the first time why he left politics—and why he is now considering reentering the arena with a possible independent run for the presidency.

In a fast-paced and often humorous narrative, Ventura pulls no punches in discussing our corrupt two-party system, the disastrous war in Iraq, and what he suspects really happened on September 11. He provides personal insights into the Clinton and Bush presidencies, and elaborates on the ways in which third parties are rendered impotent by the country's two dominant parties. He reveals the illegal role of the CIA in states like Minnesota, sensitive and up-to-date information on the Blackwater security firm, the story of the American spies who shadowed him on a trade mission to Cuba, and what Fidel Castro told him about who really assassinated President John F. Kennedy. This unique political memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction that America will take.

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User Review  - Thomas Hybki - Goodreads

A fun take of his life and some interesting view points. I agree with a majority of his views and have a few more questions to clarify some others. But a fun read if you like him. Read full review

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User Review  - John Wood - Goodreads

James Janos recreated himself as Jesse Ventura and made his living, famously, as a professional wrestler, wearing feather boas, and long blond locks and acting brash and flamboyant, more like a surfer ... Read full review

Contents

The Need for a New Adventure
1
The Road to the Arena
25
Down That Texas Trail
47
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Jesse Ventura, a Minnesota native born George Janos, served six years as a Navy Seal before embarking on careers as a champion professional wrestler, mayor of Brooklyn Park, and radio talk-show host. Currently the governor of Minnesota, he lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.

Dick Russell is a nationally respected activist, environmentalist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including, with Jesse Ventura, The New York Times bestsellers 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies . He is also the author of On the Trail of the JFK Assassins and The Man Who Knew Too Much . Russell has been published in many of the nation's top magazines and has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News .

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