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A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  314 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Country music superstar Trace Adkins isn’t exactly known for holding back what’s on his mind. And if the millions of albums he’s sold are any indication, when Trace talks, people listen. Now, in A Personal Stand, Trace Adkins delivers his maverick manifesto on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself, hard work, and the way things oughta b ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2007)
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Buggy
Opening line: "It's a damn good thing I wasn't the president after 9/11 because I would have...lets not go there yet"

This is not really an autobiography but as it states on the cover, "a collection of observations and opinions from a freethinking roughneck." That's too bad because the best parts of this book are the stories about his life and this would have been a 5 star read if Trace could have just stopped going off the rails with redneck 'observations' and concentrated on writing his autobio
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Michelle
Jan 27, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I didn't necessarily agree with his view on everything, I think that he has a great way of expressing his views. It wouldn't hurt for more people to have a look at this book and come up with their own stands.
MaryHelen
Oct 31, 2009 MaryHelen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trace Adkins was born and reared in Louisiana and has made it BIG in the country music genre. This book is his biography plus his stand on various and sundry contemporary issues. He is a true conservative and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Hannity & Colmes, and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. According to the book's jacket, "he delivers his maverick manifesto on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself, ...more
Terrie
Aug 25, 2011 Terrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Country music idol Trace Adkins tells stories of his life and how his experiences have shaped his conservative ideologies. Trace is obviously intelligent. He really knows how he feels about things and isn't afraid to express that opinion. While you may or may not agree with his opinions on the Middle East, immigration, American politics and many more topics, he does give you something to think about. Easy to read, his writing comes across as though you were sitting on the porch just chattin'. To ...more
Robert
Jul 19, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Trace talks about his personal life and his ideas on various issues facing the nation such as immigration, the education system, the war on terror and unions. For those liberals that like Trace's music it might be best just to continue to listen to his music and bypass this book. Trace is a very outspoken conservative Republican and tells it like it is. Laced with quite a bit of humor and Trace's personal beliefs this book is a very easy read. I enjoyed it very much and think that a person such ...more
Jim Caldwell
Nov 19, 2007 Jim Caldwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could write a book about my personal philosophy, this would be it. Trace Adkins is a country music singer, most famous for performing "Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk". I like that song (and the video) so much that it was my ring tone for almost a year. Trace's personal philosophy is a pleasant surprise, and his writing style is very engaging. He is articulate and thoughtful, and rather than espouse some good ole boy rhetoric, he presents a very balanced view of America and its place in the world. I ...more
Michele
Jul 14, 2013 Michele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, 2013
Honestly, I had to stop reading this book about halfway through. As a big fan of Trace's music, I knew that if I continued I'd never be able to listen to him again. This is the risk you take by "getting to know" celebrities whose work you admire, you find out more about their personalities and politics than you really should. Unfortunately, Mr. Adkins presents himself as a stereotypical huntin' fishin' god fearin' ignorant redneck, not someone I'd want as a friend. So I'll continue to enjoy his ...more
Nikki
Jun 17, 2008 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies-auto
I really enjoyed reading about Trace's viewpoints on a lot of things we face in our everyday lives - politics especially. What I like about this work is that he doesn't go on a rant about his life-story; it's more about the important things (not trying to say his life isn't important, but I already know all there is to know about him as a fan). He opens up about things that many artists wouldn't. Great job Trace!
Stacey
Oct 01, 2008 Stacey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very political. I like Trace, but this was so much about his political thoughts that it really turned me off. I wish it had been more about him - more details about his wife shooting him would have been interesting!
Jackie Lane
Jul 15, 2015 Jackie Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an autobiography from country legend Trace Adkins. I have to say he told this from his "redneck" point of view, but he is well spoken and has distinct opinions on things.

I enjoyed that he owned any mistakes he made and he told it from his point of view.

4 stars
Cheryl
Mar 14, 2013 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like Trace even more after reading this-he is a true American!! He needs to run for President. Plus I liked his comments at end of book-"Sometimes I can't help feeling like somethings lost. While life is faster and supposedly easier ,it's not necessarily a whole lot better..." So very true!
T.M.
Mar 18, 2017 T.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
Walter
The title of this book says all that you need to know about it. Trace Adkins, a Country music superstar, wrote this book, presumably to tell his life story, but really he wrote it in order to air his views about everything from welfare to religion to world affairs. Like most self-proclaimed "rednecks", Adkins views about all of the above are naïve. But that's OK because he does not claim to be a scholar. He's a father, former oil rig worker and musician whose world views were formed almost exclu ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jun 23, 2012 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A PERSONAL STAND by Trace Adkins was part autobiographical, part personal commentary, and completely enjoyable.

Anyone who knows Trace Adkins’ music knows there are two sides to the country singer. He’s got his alcohol induced, rebel rousing anthems, such as Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, One Hot Mama, and I Got My Game On. And then there are his introspective tunes like You’re Gonna Miss This, I Wanna Feel Something, She Thinks We’re Just Fishing, and the haunting Arlington. And now, in the pages of A
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Wall-to-wall books - wendy
Well... Let me start by saying that I LOOOVE this man! LOL
Trace Adkins is my favorite male Country singer (maybe my favorite male altogether, except for maybe my hubby... well...).
This book was so funny! Trace just puts it all out there. He has an opinion about EVERYTHING and is not afraid to share it! Some of it I highly agreed with and some of it I did not but it was all very entertaining and fun to read if I agreed or not!
Trace talks about his time spent working on the offshore drilling rigs,
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Greg
Mar 13, 2013 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adkins book is an interesting read with a folksy flavor that I couldn't put down. The book's tone was down to earth and really captured Adkins personality. The biographical elements which really don't get meaty till about chapter 9 were explored simplistically but with brilliance and great pacing. I would have given the book 5 stars BUT Adkins spent far too many pages giving his thoughts on politics and solving the worlds ills. All were driven by Adkins ultra right wing ideology. If only the wor ...more
Keilani Ludlow
Jun 15, 2010 Keilani Ludlow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life, humor
This book is funny, really enjoyable. My husband loves to listen to Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and so on. He reads tons of books in the same vein. I've read Glen Beck's books and I pretty much agree with them, but even though he writes what he believes, it's also his job. I liked reading about this guy's views on what's screwed up in our country, along with what is good, and his life story, and some very interesting views on why the South is like it is today, and his general musings. It was much ...more
Allen 'gramps'
Mar 11, 2013 Allen 'gramps' rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindel
I have always enjoyed Trace's songs, even though not the old style twangy country he still sings the type of country I like because of this I was interested in what he had to say about various issues. The book is more like a book of short stories than a true book with a plot. This book has not plot and is more like reading a blog. Still makes for interesting reading. You do find out somethings about Trace's life that I wasn't aware of but then I don't read the tabloids or believe what they have ...more
Teri
Jun 08, 2013 Teri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Trace Adkins' book A Personal Stand: Observation and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck is part memoir and part dissertation on his views on politics and life in the good ole USA. Trace recounts his childhood, his time as an oil drill roughneck, his foray into music, and family life, interspersed with his thoughts on politics, oil, and foreign affairs.

Adkins is a middle of the road conservative, not quite falling into the Republican party, definitely not into the Democrat party, and finding
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Lori
Jan 03, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since Trace and I sit on opposite ends of the political spectrum, I honestly did not think I would find much to get excited about - I was wrong. Although the book is choppy and doesn't flow as well as I think it could have, "The Man" has a lot to say and a whole lot of it makes sense. His thoughts on immigration were very insightful and some of his suggestions for turning things around are things I'm going to try in my daily life.

I have spent some time with Trace and this book reads just like he
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Mashell
Jul 29, 2008 Mashell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Trace Adkins for President!! That is the thought I had going through my head while reading this book. I began to admire Trace after seeing him on Celebrity Apprentice. When he had something to say it was valid and thoughtful and I wanted to know more about him. I expected the personal history in this book but I didn't expect the political views. I found Trace to be very educated in history and current government workings. I agree with most of the things he mentioned (except he doesn't like the g ...more
Heidi
Nov 17, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was already a fan of his after he was on Celebrity Apprentice, and the description of the book sounded pretty good. I enjoyed reading it...it had a little bit of everything. I would have liked it if he included more stories about his family. He went back into politics often, which I understand he is passionate about, but it became redundant. His honesty and voice is refreshing. Even if I didn't agree with him, I could respect his opinion...he makes good arguments. It did make me go out and buy ...more
Dale Stonehouse
Jul 20, 2013 Dale Stonehouse rated it liked it
It seems Adkins would like the world to be more black and white, because he has strong opinions. Unlike most idealogues, however, he seems to see that there are many grays in the world we live in. The belief he adheres to most is that to end war we need more war. Maybe that is worth trying, but historically it has been a dismal failure. For a country music star he spends minimal effort describing his Nashville career; there is no gossip or inside info here except concerning himself. A quick and ...more
Regina
Aug 04, 2011 Regina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a huge Trace Adkins fan for years, so I'm not sure why it took me so long to finally get around to reading his book. Imagine my surprise and delight to find that this big sexy man with a voice that could melt butter is actually packed with incredible common sense! His insights into today's society, politics, and even basic human nature is so worth the read! The book is rather disjointed; more or less, a collection of random thoughts and opinions, but it's packed full of wisdom and the ...more
Holly Morey
Trace Adkins is a Conservative, hard working redneck. I knew that before I read the book and I can't really say I learned anything new. There were some interesting chapters and some got a little boring. The writing became somewhat preachy at times, but again on the front he said that it was observations and opinions. Unless you are really into Trace and a conservative, you probably will not like this book.
Sheila
Sep 20, 2011 Sheila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not quite done but this would a five star if Trace would've stuck more to talking about himself and family. I like that he gives opinion on things but there's just too much politics. I love him, I'm a big fan but, I hear that stuff all the time on the news & I'm already ticked off about illegas I don't want to read another person talking about 'em, when I read I want to leave this world behind. So, about the middle of the book I started skipping the 'political' pages.
Luckngrace
May 16, 2010 Luckngrace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
Commonsense reading from a music and TV legend. I've found that everyone of us should attempt to gather the opinions of many different sources before cementing our own ideas. As we all know, media and news sources are not always reliable. Besides books and biographies, I also seek out overseas media such as YNET and the BBC to try to sift through all the clutter for the truth. Times have changed my friends and we are all responsible for keeping America free and independent.
Jason M Waltz
May 26, 2013 Jason M Waltz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bios
After reading this book I still like Trace, agree with many of his observations, applaud his stances and willingness to put them in print, say them aloud, and live them (and believe that more of us should believe & live the same creed)...but this book pretty much sucked. I'm giving it a 2 because I did learn about the man's life and beliefs; other than that, poorly written, atrociously edited/laid out, and just pain lame overall. I honestly must advise against reading it unfortunately.
Laura
Jan 07, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Trace Adkins' music and see him live whenever possible this is the book for you. If gives his no holds barred somewhat conservative perspective on a wide variety of issues often told in a humorous way. I listened to the audiobook and was disappointed he wasn't the reader but still enjoyed it. Worth it if you're a fan...maybe not if you aren't.
Lynne
Mar 15, 2011 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, biography
Anyone who likes Trace will like this book. That counts me in! It reads like any of his interviews. He is funny, humble, honest and full of opinions. Although I do not agree with all of his ideas, I have to admire him for his honesty and integrity.
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