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Leadership and Crisis

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  13 reviews

Tested by Fire

Bobby Jindal has been tested as few politicians have. And from the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster to Hurricane Katrina, he’s shown an astounding ability to beat the odds (and beat the bureaucrats) to get things done.

Then again, Jindal is not your typical politician. The son of Indian immigrants, a Christian convert from Hinduism, and a Rhodes Scholar, Jindal
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Regnery Publishing (first published October 22nd 2010)
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Any book written by an active politician must inevitably be self-serving, which is wny I can't in good conscience give this one (or anything of its kind) a five-star rating. Nevertheless, Governor Jindal's book is much better than average. It's a deft mix of policy prespcription and biography, leavened with humor and a few civics lessons buttressed by well-chosen quotes. Like every other conservative, Jindal recognizes the shortcomings of politically-correct language. Unlike many other conservat ...more
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I have thirty-six little flags sticking out the sides of the book from my recent reading of Leadership and Crisis by Bobby Jindal, former congressman and governor of Louisiana (with his writers, of course). I thoroughly enjoyed this book which highlighted Jindal's experience as a son of Indian immigrants and his conversion from Hinduism to Catholicism and focused primarily on summarizing his political views. When I closed the book, I told my husband I wish I could vote for him this November if h ...more
This is a better than average political study by the conservative governor of Louisiana – Bobby Jindal – and likely presidential candidate in 2016. As is often the case with similar works of this kind, the book moves quickly, provides some biographical information, speaks to a number of issues of interest, and establishes a path for change at the national level. His first love is health care administration and reform, a skill set that will put him in a unique position to deal with Obama-care in ...more
This book is good for young adults because it discusses politics from the view of Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. This book makes it an easy read for people with a casual interest in politics. It goes in depth of what a day is like for the governor of Louisiana. This book focuses on the recent events of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater horizon oil disaster. Although conservative based, its main focus is on what is better for the State of Louisiana and how Bobby Jindal copes with trying to be ...more
Two things are clear to me after reading "Leadership and Crisis" by Bobby Jindal. One, I should STOP reading books written by politicians of any Party, and two, I should never try to leave a review of this type of book. Reviews tend to be meaningless, with the political party supporters loving the book, and the political party opponents, if any bother to read the book, hating it.

My motivation for reading the book wasn't to hear more of the Party platform, nor to find fault with the rhetoric, bu
John Roskelley
Governor Jindal sets forth in straightforward language a lot of what is wrong with the direction the U.S. is headed with its policies, both foreign and domestic. His suggestions for policies that would right the ship and provide for the strength that we need to continue to be the nation our Founding Fathers intended follow correct principles. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that it contains some errors that should have been caught in proofreading. In one instance, the word ...more
This book is written by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal whom I talked with when he came to Santa Barbara. He is a really nice guy who has helped his State immensely. He writes about the BP oil spill in the gulf and how he dealt with the situation. He explains how the Federal Government made it difficult for the State of Louisiana (through regulations) to act swiftly and clean up oil before it came ashore and destroyed wildlife. Through it all, he exemplifies how leadership is about getting thing ...more
Outstanding. Easy to read. Bold but simple analysis with anectodal evidence of many of the apocolyptic problems in America....with proposed action plans to resolve. Jindal is the kind of guy who will throw status quo and chain of command out the window to get it done. I hope to see more of him and his type of work in the future of US government.
Peggy Albert
Easy read and enjoyable. Jindal has a very east to listen to voice, common sense and great sense of humor. He humbly shares the glory when it comes to the successes he led in Louisiana and lays out specific recomme4ndations for what he thinks should be changed in government. He wouls easily get my vote for any leadership job he wanted..
"Leadership and Crisis" reveals Jindal's background and the principles he stands for. He seems earnest, honest, and reasonable, discussing recent crises and government's inability to react quickly and effectively. It satisfied my curiosity about Jindal's life story but parts of it felt like a political campaigning.
David R.
One of the more readable of the many political manifestos out there. The first chapter -- Jindal's experience with the BP Oil Spill -- is quite engaging but the rest does tend to come off as a series of campaign planks. What's refreshing is Jindal's lack of the bombast one usually sees in these books.
Matt Brown
Very disappointed, especially since I am a fan of Jindal. A typical "campaign" book. Couldn't get passed page 70.
Wow! I definitely enjoyed this book. I admired Bobby Jindal before I read this, and now admire him even more. He hits all the key issues of the day, and addresses them in a way only a conservative could.
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