Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura

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U of Minnesota Press, 2002 - Political Science - 427 pages
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Jasse Ventura burst into national consciousness -- late-night punch lines -- when the former professional wrestler was unexpectedly elected governor of Minnesota in 1998. An overnight political sensation whose only previous relevant experience was a brief period as mayor of a Minneapolis suburb, Ventura became a lightning rod for the media, combining the bravado of a Navy SEAL, the showmanship of a movie actor, and the blunt speech and bluff humor of a talk radio host with a surprising passion for public policy and legislative reform.

In this revealing chronicle of Jesse Ventura's campaign, election, and first term, political reporter Tom Hauser tells us what he saw as one of the "media jackals" covering the governor for local television station KSTP. In a saga full of drama, hijinks, and controversy, Hauser offers the inside story of the hubbub surrounding Ventura from his triumphal tour of the late-night talk shows upon his election, to his outspoken and outrageous revelations in Playboy, to his stints as referee for the World Wrestling Federation and commentator for the failed XFL, to his ongoing battles with the state legislature. Hauser also provides insight into Ventura's popularity, character, and motivations -- his impatience with conventional wisdom, his distrust of traditional politics, and his combative relationship with the media.

Though to many Ventura seemed to come out of nowhere, Hauser has been following him since the day he filed to run for governor, when he was the underdog in a race against two well-established career politicians, both backed by major parties. Hauser offers the only detailed account available of Ventura's amazing rise and reign, providing anevenhanded look at a political story that will leave readers feeling that truth really is stranger than fiction.


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About time someone told the people the real story. He is not beholden to corporate sponsorships so he tells it the way it is. Great work Jesse! Run for office -any office!
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The moments of Jesse Ventura's governorship had me laughing alot and page turning tons. Tom Hauser's point seemed to be to show Jesse's negative side. Although this book covered tons of Jesse's governorship, perhaps, he should have waited just a little bit longer to have been able to write about it all. In the last several months, significant events happened. At first I thought this book was by Jesse, but soon after starting to read it, I realize that was not the case. This book is a good time, even if Tom Hauser is too harsh on Jesse.  

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We Shocked the World Jesse Venturas Unlikely Path to the Governors Mansion
I Can Kick Your Ass The Quotable Ventura Becomes a Media Sensation
Hooyah Governor Ventura Takes the Oath
Oh Am I in Trouble Now Taking on Single Mothers and Drunken Irishmen
We Cant Legislate against Every Stupid Thing Venturas Vision for Minnesota
A Trick and Ten Dollars Jesses Book Tells All
I Dont Have to Do Anything Im a Governor Venturas TalkRadio Comeback
A Ritual Political Suicide Shocking the World Again
Organized Religion Is a Sham Playboy
You Have Brought Shame No Apologies
Blatant Political Garbage The Reform Party Implodes While the Governor Stands Alone
10000 Lakes and One Goofy Governor From The Young and the Restless to the Lincoln Bedroom
This Governor Is Out of Bounds Moonlighting with the XFL
September 11 2001 Minnesotas CommanderinChief Wages War on the Media

Im Proud Im a Wrestler The Bodys New Chyna Policy

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