A Governor's Story by Jennifer Granholm
The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future

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What it’s not, is an accurate, comprehensive history.
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Jennifer Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan, a state synonymous with manufacturing during a financial crisis that threatened to put all America’s major car companies into bankruptcy. The immediate and knock-on effects were catastrophic. Granholm’s grand plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were blitzed by a perfect economic storm.

Granholm was a determined and undefeated governor, who enjoyed close access to the White House at critical moments (Granholm stood in for Sarah Palin during Joe Biden’s debate preparation), and her account offers a front row seat on the effects of the crisis. Ultimately, her story is a model of hope. She hauls Michigan towards unprecedented private-public partnerships, forged in the chaos of financial freefall, built on new technologies that promise to revolutionize not only the century-old auto industry but Michigan’s entire manufacturing base. They offer the potential for a remarkable recovery not just for her state, but for American industry nationwide.

 

About Jennifer Granholm

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Jennifer Granholm was elected governor of Michigan in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, grew up in California, and is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley, where she now teaches in the law and public policy schools, and Harvard Law School. She is a senior advisor to the Pew Charitable Trusts Clean Energy Program, a contributor to Meet the Press, and a regular guest on other national news programs. Dan Mulhern is an honors graduate of both Yale University and Harvard Law School, teaches at the business and law schools at the University of California at Berkeley, and is an advisor to the Families and Work Institute. He is an author, talk show host, public speaker, and expert in leadership development and the changing roles of men and women. He is married to Jennifer Granholm.
 
Published September 20, 2011 by PublicAffairs. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction
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Huntington News

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Reviewed by David Kinchen on Sep 20 2011

Along with with her husband and collaborator Dan Mulhern she tells the story of her eight years governing a state that racked up the nation's highest unemployment rate and saw the Big Three automakers melt down...

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Hour Detroit

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Reviewed by Jack Lessenberry

What it’s not, is an accurate, comprehensive history.

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The Michigan Review.

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Reviewed by GRAHAM KOZAK on Oct 12 2011

It could have been a compendium of sage advice–a record of lessons learned the hard way, a cautionary tale for politicians and businessmen alike. It wasn’t.

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Reviewed by Chris Savage on Sep 20 2011

Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, conservative or liberal or independent, A Governor’s Story teaches important lessons. Let’s hope our leaders are willing to learn from them.

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