This Is Herman Cain! by Herman Cain
My Journey to the White House


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...Mr Cain's opus does not much benefit from a close reading.
-The Economist


When Herman Cain speaks, people listen. When he debates, he wins.

If you care about the future of America, you have heard of the down-to-earth political newcomer running for president, the straight-talking man of the people with blunt assessments of what America needs. Originally overlooked by mainstream politicos and media, Herman Cain is truly a candidate from “outside the Beltway,” but no longer one who is being ignored.


While Herman Cain has been the host of a popular conservative Atlanta-area radio talk show called The Herman Cain Show, a different name originally captured American interest. As CEO, Herman Cain transformed Godfather’s Pizza from a company teetering on the verge of bankruptcy into a household word. Cain—as those with an interest in commonsense solutions to political problems will remember—is also famous for using the language and logic of everyday business to expose the fallacies inherent in Clinton assumptions about “Hillarycare” during a 1994 televised town hall meeting.


Herman Cain’s rise is the embodiment of the American dream. His parents, Luther and Lenora Cain, made a living the only way black people could in the ’40s and ’50s. Luther held down three jobs, including being a chauffeur; Lenora cleaned houses. They had two big dreams: to buy a house and to see their sons graduate from college. With dedication and hard work, they made both these dreams come true. In this thrilling memoir, Herman Cain describes his past and present . . . and the future he is determined to create, a future that will put our country back on track. His message resonates because he describes the American reality, and his down-to-earth personal tale of hope and hard work is both unforgettable and inspirational.


What is it in my DNA that years ago prompted me to forgo the ease of cruise control and take on the enormous challenge of doing my part toward making America a better place for my granddaughter and the generations to come?

Why do I, a son of the segregated South, refuse to think of myself as a “victim” of racism?

What is it that motivates me to insist on defining my identity in terms of “ABC”—as being American first, black second, and Conservative third?

Just who is Herman Cain? And how did I get this way?

Just a hint: it may have had something to do with lessons learned from my parents, Lenora and Luther Cain, Jr.

—From This Is Herman

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Herman Cain is an American businessman, syndicated columnist, and radio host from Georgia. He is the former chairman and CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a former chairman, deputy chairman (1992-94) and chairman (1995-96) of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He was born on Decmeber 13, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee. In January 2011, Cain announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a potential campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012 and on May 21, 2011, Cain officially announced his candidacy. In mid-October 2011, Cain was leading the polls as the candidate for the Republican Party. Cain grew up in Georgia, the son of cleaning woman and a chauffeur. He graduated from Morehouse College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics. Cain, accepted for graduate studies at Purdue, received a Masters in computer science there in 1971, while he also worked full-time in ballistics for the U.S. Department of the Navy. Cain received the 1996 Horatio Alger Award and has received honorary degrees from Creighton University, Johnson & Wales University, Morehouse College, University of Nebraska, New York City Technical College, Purdue University, Suffolk University, and Tougaloo College. In 2006, Cain was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer in his colon and metastases to his liver and given a 30 percent chance of survival. Cain underwent surgery and chemotherapy following the diagnosis, and has since reported that he is in remission.
Published October 4, 2011 by Pocket Books. 242 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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A featherweight campaign autobiography that is too revealing of the candidate's limitations.

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Washington Times

on Oct 14 2011

This book outlines the candidate’s vision. Now comes the hard part: withstanding the inevitable slings and arrows.

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The Economist

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on Dec 01 2011

...Mr Cain's opus does not much benefit from a close reading.

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The Daily Beast

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on Dec 01 2011

Cain was never more than an instrument of right-wing self-satisfaction...

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The Daily Beast

on Sep 29 2011

Whether you support Cain or not, it’s hard not to be touched by his enthusiasm.

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on Oct 11 2011

The country could do a lot worse—and has for the past eleven years.

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on Nov 29 2011

...even if you’re not persuaded to embrace his right-wing point-of-view, you still might enjoy the rest of the text, a loving memoir...

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