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Speaker

Lessons from Forty Years in Coaching and Politics
Narrated by: Ken Maxon
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Every time you open a newspaper, turn on the computer, or flip on the TV, you're flooded with what kind of hairstyle the First Lady is sporting, cell phone mishaps by certain congressmen, and other bits of inconsequential trivia. It's refreshing, then, when a politician with such a decorated career as Denny Hastert can make it through without generating much gossip. In this audiobook Hastert finally settles down and reflects on his past 30 years of political work. Notable Audible narrator, Ken Maxon, handles Hastert's classic American story with the necessary sincerity and affability. Listeners will appreciate a rare insight into a real-life Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

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Mr. Speaker!

Denny Hastert is one of the most powerful men in America-and yet chances are you know little or nothing about him. And Denny Hastert likes it that way. Not because he has anything to hide, but because he doesn't care about who gets the credit, he just wants to get the job done for the American people.

In Speaker: Lessons from 30 Years of Coaching and Politics, Denny Hastert breaks his silence to tell a remarkable American story: of how he grew up among the fields of Northern Illinois, made a name for himself as a high school and collegiate wrestler, became a high school wrestling and football coach and civics teacher...and eventually found himself teaching, and learning about, civics in the most important forum in the world: in the United States Congress as Speaker of the House, the third most powerful man in government.

Speaker is a true Mr. Smith Goes to Washington story, full of lived-in wisdom, funny anecdotes, and straight talk about what goes on in the "smoke-filled" rooms of congressional power. Along the way, you'll learn:

    The secret of winning in politics: under-promise and over-produce (the reverse of what most politicians do)
  • The Hastert formula: Build a team, leave the spotlight to others, be honest, be fair, and stick to your objectives as tenaciously as a fullback hammering at the goal line
  • Lessons from wrestling: there's no one to blame but yourself if you get pinned
  • The shock of September 11-or actually, the non-shock: how Speaker Hastert kept Congress running smoothly during the crisis
  • How the Vatican could never find time to receive the Congressional Medal of Freedom that was voted for the pope-until it became clear that then-President Clinton would not be awarding it
  • Speaker Hastert's agenda for the next Congress

Denny Hastert grew up in the back of a feed truck and still remembers, fondly, a boyhood spent of hard work and high dreams, of harvesting hay and of living in a state of upstanding, well-meaning people. That same sort of down home grit and determination, idealism, and belief in the goodness of America makes Speaker one of the most refreshing, enjoyable, and enlightening political books of the year.

©2004 J. Dennis Hastert (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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