The Governor

The Governor

Rod Blagojevich / Feb 24, 2020

The Governor Book by Blagojevich Rod

  • Title: The Governor
  • Author: Rod Blagojevich
  • ISBN: 9781597776462
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book by Blagojevich, Rod

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    About "Rod Blagojevich"

      • Rod Blagojevich

        Milorad R Rod Blagojevich born is an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009 A Democrat, Blagojevich was a State Representative before being elected to the United States House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago He was elected governor in 2002 He is the second Serbian American to be elected governor of any state in the United States after George Voinovich of Ohio.Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges on December 9, 2008 The charges involved conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery The Justice Department complaint alleges that the governor conspired to commit several pay to play schemes, including attempting to obtain personal gain through the corrupt use of his authority to fill Barack Obama s vacated United States Senate seat In a press briefing on the investigation, U.S Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald characterized the scheme as auctioning the seat off to the highest bidder The federal trial date has been set for 3 June 2010.Ultimately, he appointed fellow Democrat and former state attorney general Roland Burris on New Year s Eve 2008 Burris was seated after some initial opposition in mid January 2009 On January 8, 2009, the Illinois House of Representatives voted to impeach Blagojevich by a 114 1 vote for corruption and misconduct in office, the first time such an action has been taken against a governor of Illinois, making him the second state official in Illinois history to be impeached On January 27, 2009, Blagojevich began a media campaign planned by power publicist Glenn Selig, founder of the crisis management public relations firm The Publicity Agency During the two day campaign, he visited Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The View, multiple programs on Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC where he proclaimed his innocence and insisted he would be vindicated Blagojevich was subsequently convicted and removed from office on January 29, 2009, by a unanimous 59 0 vote in the Illinois State Senate In a separate vote, the Senate voted unanimously to bar Blagojevich permanently from having public office again in the state of Illinois Lieutenant Governor Patrick Pat Quinn was sworn in subsequently as the new governor.Blagojevich, often referred to by the nickname Blago in print and other media, was the first Democrat to be elected Governor of Illinois since Daniel Walker in 1972 Blagojevich struggled annually to pass legislation and budgets He had historically low approval ratings within Illinois at one time the Rasmussen Reports ranked him America s Least Popular Governor even before the news of his corruption investigation broke.


    1. Gives one some things to think about, but, c'mon, Blago, you couldn't get an editor to fix the god-awful writing?

    2. Can you rate a book with negative stars? Can you gain back the time that you wasted reading such trash? I know the answers, but still. I live in IL so I thought I should read the book for two reasons 1. I thought it would give me a chuckle, I figured he had interesting insight to what happened and would put a crazy spin on it. and 2. I thought I may end up feeling sorry for him, maybe there was something that the press left out that would show he was really a victim. I was wrong on both accounts [...]

    3. While reading this book, I had to keep reminding myself that this is non- fiction. All he had to do was change the names of the characters & it possibly could have been a New York’s times best seller. I too wanted to see what Rod’s explanation was in all of this scandal. I felt that he left out a lot of what should have been said, instead he kept talking about how “innocent” he was & that he couldn‘t believe that Patrick Fitzpatrick guys would come to his house & arrest him [...]

    4. I read this book to see what Blagojevich had to say about his situation and to learn about the ins and outs of Chicago politics. From that perspective, the book was OK as the Governor did write about those things. However, the book could easily have been condensed from 250 pages to 100 without losing any content of value, unless you want to read about the Blagojeviches decorating their Christmas tree or the Governor's 5th through 20th protestations of innocence. But then, he wouldn't have had a [...]

    5. Well, did I waste my time or what. Thank God I got this from the library because I wouldn't spend a time to read it. It is more self-praising and blaming others rather than a true APOLOGIA. He goes on and on about the great things he did while others abused him throughout his lifetime. He continues the chant of wishing he could tell the whole truth now, but once it is known, and at that proper time only, we will see he did nothing wrong while all the time he is a champion of loving America and i [...]

    6. It was definitely an interesting experience to read Mr. Blagojevich's own account of what happened to him in this ordeal. He had some good insights to offer. Yet even in the ending that had (very) emotional overtones, it got kind of dragged out with his reflection, as I kept feeling like it could end, but it kept going. And I could tell that the heavy bias of an accused man came through in his vehement assertions that he did nothing wrong, and how he blamed everyone else for this downfall.

    7. He proclaims his innocence multiple times. Interesting stories and narrative about his rise to power. Crazy he's imprisoned now. More should be done in Illinois politics to get the people that support this corruption like that Mike Madigan for starters then Blagos father in law. It's sad that he's separated from his family but the book is definitely entertaining at points.

    8. God I tried but I could not make any headway on this book. Its so poorly written its like someone transcribed Blago's rants during his CNN, The View etc media blitz last year and slapped a cover on it.I Loved OJ's book on how he did it, I love Rod's chutzpah but damn do not read this book. Just wait till he hits Celebrity Apprentice to get your fix.

    9. Crazy talk, plain and simple. But it's a wonderful companion for Elizabeth Bracket's "Pay to Play." If you're at all interested in the Blago fiasco, I'd recommend reading both books for some fascinating compare and contrast.

    10. Fairly dreadful writing. Interesting because of who wrote it. Note: the Kindle version is very, very bad in terms of punctuation and capitalization. It looks like there was some fundamental production error translating to e-book.

    11. so much of his writing is pure exaggeration (comparing himself to dr. king, ghandi, othello). and yet, by the end of the book i somehow felt like he didn't do much wrong. huh.

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