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Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  362 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
When Governor Mike Huckabee entered the Republican presidential race, he was the ultimate dark horse, with almost no money, no consultants, and no name recognition beyond Arkansas. The so-called experts were highly amused by this former small state governor from blue-collar roots who also played bass in a rock band. He wouldn’t have a prayer against the well-connected and ...more
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Published November 18th 2008 by Sentinel HC (first published October 30th 2008)
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Astin
Mar 15, 2012 Astin rated it really liked it
I picked this book off my Grandma's shelf over Christmas, and the fact it took me 3 months to read shouldn't be a critique on this book, but rather on my insanely overbusy life these days. Generally, let me just say that the majority of the books on my Grandma's shelf would not be my first choice to read. Not necessarily because of political leanings, but more because memoirs and autobiographies are inherently too one-sided for my ethos, especially when it comes to politics. However, I became ...more
Lisa
Nov 30, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone interested in making the United States a better place.
I picked this book up because I was a Romney supporter and I heard that Mike Huckabee took some shots at Romney in his new book. Did Huckabee take shots at Romney? Sort off--I think he was mostly explaining his strategy in the Republican Primary. Romney has tons of money to set up offices and run ads and looks like the one with the best chance (he has the best hair and looks so presidential), so Huck and McCain form an alliance and go after him. Along the way Romney makes a few remarks that ...more
Joe B
Oct 28, 2009 Joe B rated it really liked it
My main policy is never to spend a cent on this stupid political works. Well, my mom got this for free, so I was happy to read it. The thing I find great about this book is nothing really that is said in the book. I disagree on many issues with Mike, especially at times when he is talking sense in one paragraph and then uses a complete twist of logic to justify a very conservative point (Gay marriage, no abortion, no taxes, etc). I did come out of this book noticing two things:

Mike is definitely
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Alan
Aug 12, 2012 Alan rated it really liked it
Good insights into the presidential campaigning process, and many insights into Huckabee's history, record and positions. Offers impressions and his personal experiences of many other candidates and national figures he encountered in the campaigning process. Many profiles of his campaign staffers (paid and volunteer).

2 things I was surprised to find here in common with the last book I read by Gen Zinni:
1. He repeats the conventional wisdom of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. On one end
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Bernie
May 23, 2009 Bernie rated it really liked it
This book is the story of Mike Huckabee's campaign for the Presidency and his views on quite a number of topics. I wish I had read it before the primary. Having read it, I certainly would have considered voting for him. Personality-wise, he is folksy and humorous. He's got a nice way with words.... love his new TV show on Fox. More important, he is the one Republican who has the potential to be a uniter, a unifier. He seeks options that move America forward rather than being encamped in ...more
Ken Roebuck
Jul 26, 2011 Ken Roebuck rated it it was amazing
Mike Huckabee with his bipartisan record and executive experience as a Governor of Arkansas should have been elected president or at least VP. And no doubt he may have been if the media hadn't labeled him the "religious "candidate and he had raised more money and had the Republican establishment behind him but if that was the case I suppose then he would have been no different than John McCain or Mitt Romney. Nonetheless, it was impressive what he was able to accomplish as a virtually unknown ...more
Paul
May 05, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Greg Henson
I truly think that Mike Huckabee is one of the most personable politicians out there. I was really surprised by the quality and detail of his ideas in this book regarding taxes and healthcare. Whether or not he could reform things the way he wants, I honestly don't know. But he surely talks of clear change and doesn't just say the word "change" a bunch of times like some other guy who is currently President. What hampers the book a little is all the talk of his campaign. It is astounding how far ...more
Liz
Jan 11, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it
This book has great common sense - why we need morality in government, but also the goal of self-government versus big government. He also detailed wonderful and bold reforms for taxes, education, poverty, and health care. His vertical politics (instead of right versus left) echoes my heart.

His distaste for Mitt Romney was evident, but so is mine. So I rather enjoyed hearing my beliefs confirmed, through several examples and quotations, of Romney's snobbishness, inability to understand middle Am
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Dan
Nov 01, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
This is two books in one: a manifesto for conservatives, and an underdog presidential campaign memoir.

The manifesto is an articulate and cogent outline of what it means to be a conservative. Even if you don't agree with him (he and I differ on many things), you can't discount that he feels passionately about his worldview and can express it very well.

Even better is the tale of his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Anyone who likes politics will like this story. He wasn't jus
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Beth
Mar 28, 2009 Beth rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT!!! All I can say after reading this book is... HUCKABEE 2012!! i am SO relieved to finally see that there ARE good "politicians" out there that are interested more in making positive changes and good decisions for this country based on their belief system and morals... not necessarily based on their political affiliation (i.e. Republican vs. Democrat) but more so based on what is BEST for ALL involved. While I was not interested in politics much until about the past 4 years or so, this ...more
JT
Jul 21, 2009 JT rated it it was ok
I thought this book was terrific. This book discussed Mike Huckebee’s political career and his campaign throughout the primaries. He also discussed many important moral and political issues that have been discussed in recent political campaigns.


I really liked the book. I agree with all of Mike Huckabee’s political stances. He has many good ideas. He did not get out many of his good ideas out when he was campaigning for president because he did not have the funding that his competitors had. The
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April
Dec 30, 2008 April rated it it was ok
This book was on the new release shelf and just kept calling my attention everytime I went to the library so I finally checked it out. While he's got some great ideas on why our country is in such a mess right now they are overshadowed by his examining why his campaign was so great and reasons they didn't win. Can you believe other people ran against him and people voted for them not him??? The never of those people!!!
Also he lets it be known from the prologue that he really hates Mitt Romney an
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Laura Schrillo
Jun 08, 2011 Laura Schrillo rated it really liked it
Wish he was our President. Nothing shocking or amazing just common sense. One of my favorite quotes "An oft-quoted African proverb claims, "It takes a village to raise a child." It might be more accurate to say that if it takes the whole village, the cost is going to be unbearable. It would be better if mom and dad did that job and that a child was raised by parents with virtues rather than by the village."

Common sense take on why America is no longer the beacon it once was. If you are not a per
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Nathan
Mar 08, 2009 Nathan rated it it was amazing
For all those who think they have Mike Huckabee pegged as a closed-minded, right-wing conservative, - you may be pleasently surprised. Governor Huckabee identifies areas in US politics and social life that are in need of repair and gives practical steps we can accomplish on a daily basis to improve not only our situation, but more importantly, the situation of those around us.
Mike Huckabee was my candidate of choice in the '08 primaries, and I hope I get another opprotunity to support him in the
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John
Jun 03, 2009 John rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I expected a formulaic pronouncement of Governor Huckabee's conservative credentials. There is some of that, but the book is much more. Huckabee provides great stories about the 2008 Presidential campaign trail, and some of the volunteers who selflessly assisted his campaign. One thing that is pretty clear is Mike Huckabee's lack of respect for Mitt Romney, and the campaign he ran. I suspect that this will not be his last run for President.
Milan Homola
Aug 02, 2011 Milan Homola rated it liked it
It wasn't what I expected...but then again politicians don't give you what you expect...given the title. But that is the only negative thing about it. Once I got into the meat of it....it really enlightened me to some behind the scenes stuff with debates and the way that money runs elections. Huckabee is someone I can follow...his promotion of vertical politics seems so obvious and yet we are so far from it. Read it whether you are republican or not...at least you will think
Jenna
Apr 05, 2009 Jenna rated it really liked it
This is one of the first political books I've read. I really enjoyed it. I'm all for Huckabee in 2012. I think he is exactly what we need in Washington. He is unpretentious and has solid experience with fiscal responsibility and working well with Democrats. I would've preferred to read more about his opinions on the issues rather than so much about his campaign experiences, but that's ok. All in all, it was a great book.
Jennifer
Mar 02, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I'm sorry I didn't know very much about him before--I could have voted for him! I love his ideas on getting the country back on track. I didn't love the campaign stuff and he kind of whines about the fact that he didn't have any money, but it was good because how many politicians can say that they travel in coach or stay at lousy hotels like the rest of us?
Jeff Raymond
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to resolve my ideological differences with Huckabee, but he’s definitely a strong character and I think he, like McCain, believes in what he’s saying. That matters, and I think it’s a good thing for conservatism to have him up front as a spokesperson even with all that in mind. I’m definitely glad I read this.
Ross
Dec 13, 2010 Ross rated it did not like it
Mike Huckabee is the most disingenuous republican to ever run for president. This book is completely backward-looking and focused on the past. The only good thing I get from this book is that Huckabee probably isn't running for President because he's a darn fool if he's going to write a book like this and then try to run for president again.
Susanne
Mar 08, 2009 Susanne rated it really liked it
Pretty much a book about the election and how Mike feels about today's issues. I liked the read and am proud to still have my "I like Mike" shirt. Greg saw him speak at CBC last month which is how I got the book though I will tell you he does not mince words and he does NOT like Mitt Romney...Yikes!
KenJustice.com
Nov 27, 2013 KenJustice.com rated it did not like it
Shelves: neocon
I tried read this book as I was just learning about Ron Paul, so Huckabee's perspective was starting to smell kind of fishy. I couldn't even finish the book. I tried to sell it on ebay, figuring some fan-boy would want an autographed copy. No dice. I eventually sold it to Bookman's for almost nothing in store credit.
Chris
Feb 16, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing
Reading this book so far and this man never seems to let me down, Although I may not see eye to eye on some policy issues. He is right on the money so far and seems to get it, the left and right are the problem and both have left their base. I cant wait to finish the book and give the rest of the review.
Robert
Oct 08, 2010 Robert rated it liked it
The one thing I respect about Huckabee is that he seems to be a straight shooter. Whether you agree or disagree with him is fine, but at least he gives you his views on issues and really doesn't sugarcoat it too much (in my opinion). I wish he had focused more of his book on himself instead of constantly bashing Romney. His stories from the campain road were an interesting read.
Rusty
Mar 09, 2009 Rusty rated it really liked it
Well written and entertaining for a political work. Actually, not reading like a political book, Huckabee communicates his experiences on the campaign trail, and political views clearly and effectively. His fresh "vertical" perspective, personal responsibility, and self governance gives me hope for America's future.
Dick
Jan 13, 2009 Dick rated it liked it
This is a book by Mike Huckabee - who ran for president in 2008. He is a pastor, which meant his political base was pretty narrow. But it was nice to read ofhis principles, ethics and honesty. Reassuring that men like this still seek public life and running for the office of president.
Ragan
Feb 12, 2011 Ragan rated it liked it
I love Mike Huckabee but this book was not what I was expecting. I thought this would be about a political movement, but it was too focused on campaigning and why Huck is better than the other 2008 candidates.
Todd
May 30, 2010 Todd rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-book-list
I like Huckabee and most of his political beliefs but this book seemed to just scratch the surface of his campaign and core beliefs. His campaign was definitely an uphill battle but I would have preferred a lot more insight
James B
Apr 25, 2016 James B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it, but it was not that memorable. I remember him making good points, but I have forgotten them. Basically a political book intended to let us know the candidate during an election cycle. If you have the extra time it may be worth seeing how the issues changed.
Richard
Jan 14, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
There is more to Mike Huckabee than I thought. Now I wish I had voted for him. He is a more thoughtful person and a more analytical person than I knew. And now I understand a few things about him that didn't make sense to me before, plus it corrects a few wrong impressions I had about him.
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American politician and a political commentator for Fox News Channel. A member of the Republican Party,

Huckabee served as governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and finished second in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries; he announced his candidacy on January 28, 2007. Following losses to John McCain in the Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island primaries, Mc
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