Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge (Hardcover)

A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge

By Scott Walker, Mark Thiessen

Sentinel, 9781595231079, 278pp.

Publication Date: November 19, 2013



Today, we can sound like conservativesand act like conservatives and still winelections. Those who say we can t don tsee what I see in Wisconsin and whatmy fellow governors in states all acrossAmerica see. We don t need to change ourprinciples. What we need is more courage.

In 2011, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker schances of staying in office looked bleak. Angryprotesters furious about his collective bargainingproposal swarmed Madison, camped inthe capitol, and attempted to block the passageof the governor's reform legislation. Teachersunions accused him of sabotaging education. Hisapproval numbers fell to the basement, and withthe national media's descent on Wisconsin, liberalsdenounced Dead Man Walker. He found himselffighting for his reforms, fielding death threats, andfacing an unprecedented recall election.

But then something happened. Walker's policiesbegan to work. His constituents realized theywere better off with his leadership, and in June2012, he became the first governor in Americanhistory to survive a recall attempt, winning with ahigher share of the vote than he had for his originalelection.

In "Unintimidated," Governor Walker tells thestory of his fight to save Wisconsin from a $3.6 billionbudget deficit while simultaneously improvingthe state's schools and public infrastructure. Hedescribes how he stood for his convictions againstenormous political pressure and personal attacks.He explains how he knew his reforms would work, based on his experience as a local official.
Speaking from the perspective earned fromhis resounding victory, he outlines lessons conservativeson the national stage can learn from hissuccess, such as:

Change the polls, not your principles.

Don t accept the false choices presented to you.

You can reform entitlements and survive.

Austerity is not the answer.

Never stop reforming.

Walker is living proof that conservatives need notmove to the center to win. He argues that Republicansmust offer Americans big, bold, positivesolutions for our nation's challenges and have thecourage to implement them. Walker has shownthat even President Obama will back down whenfaced with reforms promoted with common senseand courage.

About the Author

SCOTT WALKER is the governor ofWisconsin and a leader in the Republican GovernorsAssociation. He was previously the countyexecutive of Milwaukee County and a memberof the Wisconsin State Assembly. Before that, heworked for the American Red Cross and IBM. Heand his wife, Tonnette, have two sons and live inWauwatosa.

MARC THIESSEN is the formerchief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a columnistfor "The Washington Post," and the author of"Courting Disaster." He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Pamela, and their four children."

Praise For Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge

“This guy Walker is one of the gutsiest, toughest, strongest, [most] committed guys I have seen in Republican politics in a long time.” —Rush Limbaugh
“Governor Walker’s principled leadership and common-sense reforms are moving Wisconsin in the right direction.” —Paul Ryan
“He had the courage to take it on, even when it got ugly, and he never stopped.” —Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina
“Results matter. And that, more than anything else, explains why Scott Walker won.” —Stephen Hayes, The Weekly Standard

"Most books by incumbent politicians are not worth the paper they never should have been written on. If, however, enough voters read Walker’s nonfiction thriller, it will make him a — perhaps the — leading candidate for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination."
The Washington Post