Long before he was considered a top prospective presidential candidate for 2012 even before he landed on John McCain s short list of potential running mates in 2008 Governor Tim Pawlenty had already earned legendary status in conservative circles In his hard left leaning home state of Minnesota, the man known as T Paw somehow erased a 4.8 billion budget deficit while simultaneously reforming health care, creating jobs, improving education, and supporting renewable energy reform all without raising taxes In Courage to Stand, Pawlenty reveals, for the first time, how he found the resolve to get the job done, taking readers all the way back to the lessons he learned as a boy in the gritty meatpacking town of South St Paul From the devastating early death of his mother to the struggle to work his way through college and law school and his epic political battles as governor, Pawlenty opens up about his deepest beliefs and shares his vision for a better America....
|Title||:||Courage to Stand: An American Story|
|Publisher||:||Tyndale House Publishers January 11, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
|File Size||:||996 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Courage to Stand: An American Story Reviews
I really enjoyed reading this book. He led a very interesting life and has done some great things both for Minnesota and for America.
I read this as a humble story of Tim Pawlenty's life. The myriad of challenges he faced were presented not as needing sympathy, but as challenges to meet and beat. Coming from a hard-working family with low socio-econmic means, courage and the American spirit of enterprise led to greater opportunities. Giving God the glory for his many accomplishments keeps him in great stead with me.
I liked this book alot. Pawlenty was a guy from a working class background. He worked in the stock yards in the crud as a kid. Heand his wife went to law school. They worked hard, and he went to the state house. He guided Minnesota, a blue state, with great ideas and low taxes. He writes a very clear message of great ideas and working with other people. He would be a good President.
This is one of the best books read recently. It gives you the courage to realize that there can be a difference made in our country, when the right decisions are implemented. It gives you hope for the future, that things can change.
Tim Pawlenty is a stand up politician! I didn't know much about him before I read this book, but now that I have he has my complete support in 2012. He's worked hard and done the right things for his state.
I had followed Gov. Pawlenty very superficially in the news, and was favorably disposed to the fellow.
For anyone who wants to open their minds and learn something about politics without just screaming at another party, you should read about this man. If he can get the nomination for President, I will vote for him.
There seems to be some unwritten rule that if you're going to run for President of the United States, you need to publish an auto-biography. And I can understand why: Each reader is a captive audience, allowing the candidate to speak about himself and his platform uninterrupted for hundreds of pages. But I think it's a great way to learn as much as you can about a candidate. Tim Pawlenty's book accomplishes the goal of familiarizing the reader with who this guy is and what his priorities are. Having said that, the writing style is a bit "vanilla" (sorry Tim, I had to make that joke again after your appearance on FOX), much like his style of speaking. There are some cute stories in there, and an occasional eye-rolling joke, but there were also some unnecessary redundancies (I mean, how many times must you tell us the exact statistics of how you slowed down government spending in Minnesota?). Ultimately, if you're looking for a way to become better acquainted with the current Republican Presidential candidates, this will do the trick for Pawlenty.