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Publisher's Summary

A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party. 

"In life and in politics, the most important work is often that which happens outside the wire."

Going "outside the wire" - military lingo for leaving the safety of a base - has taught Jason Kander to take risks and make change rather than settling for the easy option. After you've volunteered to put your life on the line with and for your fellow Americans in Afghanistan, cynical politics and empty posturing back home just feel like an insult.

Kander understands showing political courage really just means doing the right thing no matter what. He won a seat in the Missouri legislature at age 27 and then, at 31, became the first millennial in the country elected to statewide office. An unapologetic progressive from the heartland, he rejected conventional political wisdom and stood up to the NRA in 2016 with a now-famous Senate campaign ad in which he argued for gun reform while assembling a rifle blindfolded.

That fearless commitment to service has placed him at the forefront of a new generation of American political leaders. In his final interview as president, Barack Obama pointed to Kander as the future of the Democratic Party.

"...do something rather than be something..."

In Outside the Wire, Jason Kander describes his journey from Midwestern suburban kid to soldier to politician and details what he's learned along the way: lessons imparted by his dad on the baseball diamond, wisdom gained outside the wire in Kabul, and cautionary tales witnessed under the Missouri Capitol dome. Kander faced down petty tyrants in Jefferson City - no big deal after encountering real ones in Afghanistan. He put in 90,000 miles campaigning for statewide office in 2012 - no sweat compared to the 37 miles between Bagram Air Base and Camp Eggers. When confronted with a choice between what's easy and what's right, he's never hesitated.

Outside the Wire is a candid, practical guide for anyone thinking about public service and everyone wishing to make a difference. It's a call to action, an entertaining meditation on the demands and rewards of civic engagement, and, ultimately, a hopeful vision for America's future - all seen through the eyes of one of its most dedicated servants.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Jason Kander (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Jason Kander is in the vanguard of a new generation of public servants working tirelessly to realize the promise of our country for every American. Outside the Wire vividly captures his experience, energy, ideas, and vision for the future of our democracy." (Senator Cory Booker)

"When we asked President Obama who he saw as the future of the Democratic Party, the first name out of his mouth was Jason Kander's. When you read this book, you'll understand why." (Dan Pfeiffer, cohost of Pod Save America

"At a time when our boys and young men are in desperate need of healthy male role models in media and politics, Jason Kander has written the perfect book. His collection of stories shows that a man can be strong without being a bully, tough without being cruel, and a leader without sacrificing vulnerability, compassion, and empathy." (Cleo Wade, best-selling author of Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life)

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Great book! Interesting and informative...funny too!

I ordered the audio book as I am in my car for hours a day for work. This book went by too fast! Jason Kander’s stories were always interesting and often funny and self-deprecating. While he writes that the book is geared in some ways towards those considering a political life, I found his lessons were applicable to everyday life. I highly recommend this book, especially for progressives out there. You will whole heartedly agree with every word. Lastly, as the mom of a 4 1/2 year old, the last word rings as true as every word in the rest of the book. Spot on! Kudos to my fellow Kansas Citian for writing a great book!

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  • cmb29
  • Mountain View, CA
  • 09-24-18

Funny and poignant

I enjoy Kander’s podcast, Majority 54, so decided to try the book. Not only did it not disappoint, it prompted me to write my first review.

Kander is, by turns, funny, self-deprecating and serious, while presenting the things he has learnt from his time in Afghanistan and in politics. His passionate call for us all to use our platform has resonated with this listener and I’m off now to look for ways to get involved. A must listen for any progressive.

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The Democrat we need to strive to be.

Amazing!!! I would make this required reading for all campaign workers if I was running for election.

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he really is just as humble, honest and passionate

So good that half way through I walked in to son's room and required him to read it. Jason was one of my students when I taught ROTC at Georgetown University. He is a true man of character and it comes through clearly in this book. And yes he really is just as humble, honest and passionate in real life.

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A Must Listen!

I am a fan of Majority 54 so I know I would like Jason’s book. But I LOVED it! It’s a true path forward for our Democracy and a reminder we all have a part to play in making our society a better more honest one. Thanks for the motivation to grab an oar!

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Go with the Audiobook

I am happy I chose the audiobook. Hearing Jason tell the story in his own words raised the experience to another level.

A great Book.

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Inspiring

Loved this book. Jason does a great job telling us about going outside the wire. This book was funny, informative, insightful and inspiring.

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Outside the Wire

Is there anything better than listening to Jason Kander’s voice? Maybe being a Missouri citizen and getting the opportunity to vote for him. Great read and ready to grab an oar—

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Insightful

I really like how candid and relatable his advice is. I find his perspective refreshing and insightful. I have listened to his podcast for some time now and really enjoyed it so this is like a longer version of it but more personal. I recommend this book!

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We should all take a page out if this guy’s book

Heartfelt, thoughtful, thought-provoking ideas for moving this country in the right direction together. Jason Kander’s calm - yet firm - approach to extreme conservatism inspires me.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 08-21-18

Great book! Interesting and informative...funny too!

I ordered the audio book as I am in my car for hours a day for work. This book went by too fast! Jason Kander’s stories were always interesting and often funny and self-deprecating. While he writes that the book is geared in some ways towards those considering a political life, I found his lessons were applicable to everyday life. I highly recommend this book, especially for progressives out there. You will whole heartedly agree with every word. Lastly, as the mom of a 4 1/2 year old, the last word rings as true as every word in the rest of the book. Spot on! Kudos to my fellow Kansas Citian for writing a great book!

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  • 09-24-18

Funny and poignant

I enjoy Kander’s podcast, Majority 54, so decided to try the book. Not only did it not disappoint, it prompted me to write my first review.

Kander is, by turns, funny, self-deprecating and serious, while presenting the things he has learnt from his time in Afghanistan and in politics. His passionate call for us all to use our platform has resonated with this listener and I’m off now to look for ways to get involved. A must listen for any progressive.

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  • 09-18-18

The Democrat we need to strive to be.

Amazing!!! I would make this required reading for all campaign workers if I was running for election.

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  • 09-04-18

he really is just as humble, honest and passionate

So good that half way through I walked in to son's room and required him to read it. Jason was one of my students when I taught ROTC at Georgetown University. He is a true man of character and it comes through clearly in this book. And yes he really is just as humble, honest and passionate in real life.

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  • Danielle Tremel
  • 09-03-18

A Must Listen!

I am a fan of Majority 54 so I know I would like Jason’s book. But I LOVED it! It’s a true path forward for our Democracy and a reminder we all have a part to play in making our society a better more honest one. Thanks for the motivation to grab an oar!

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  • Matthew Jenkins
  • 08-29-18

Go with the Audiobook

I am happy I chose the audiobook. Hearing Jason tell the story in his own words raised the experience to another level.

A great Book.

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  • Joel
  • 08-27-18

Inspiring

Loved this book. Jason does a great job telling us about going outside the wire. This book was funny, informative, insightful and inspiring.

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  • 08-20-18

Outside the Wire

Is there anything better than listening to Jason Kander’s voice? Maybe being a Missouri citizen and getting the opportunity to vote for him. Great read and ready to grab an oar—

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  • 08-11-18

Insightful

I really like how candid and relatable his advice is. I find his perspective refreshing and insightful. I have listened to his podcast for some time now and really enjoyed it so this is like a longer version of it but more personal. I recommend this book!

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  • Jeanniecat
  • 08-09-18

We should all take a page out if this guy’s book

Heartfelt, thoughtful, thought-provoking ideas for moving this country in the right direction together. Jason Kander’s calm - yet firm - approach to extreme conservatism inspires me.