This Is Herman Cain: My Journey to the White House
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by Herman Cain
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Threshold Editions;
First Edition edition (October 4, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
Book Review by Kam Williams
"I didn’t grow up wanting to be President of the United States. I grew up
po', which is even worse than being poor. My American Dream entailed working
hard and... I became a corporate CEO, a regional chairman of the Federal
Reserve, a president of the Restaurant Association, an author, and a talk
show host before retiring at 65.
And then I became a presidential aspirant... I’m a leader... When all the
votes are counted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, we will be free at last!
Free at last! Thank God Almighty! This nation will be free at last--again!"
--Excerpted from the Introduction (pgs. 1-2)
One criticism leveled at Herman Cain by a lot of TV pundits is that he
isn’t really a serious presidential candidate because he’s devoted so much
time during the campaign to promoting his autobiography. Well, anybody who’s
actually bothered to read the book would see that it really devotes as much
attention to his political platform as it does to his private life.
One thing’s for certain, whether he’s reflecting on his childhood or
addressing the issues, the charismatic businessman has a knack for driving
home his point in readily-digestible layman’s terms. In fact, he’s able to
break down any topic of conversation into a slogan with 3 simple tenets.
By now everybody knows about his 9-9-9 economic plan. But this opus reveals
that he identifies himself as A-B-C, meaning American, first; Black, second;
and a Conservative, third.
Then there’s his 3 steps on to success: R-O-I, which refer to Removing
barriers, Obtaining results and Inspiring yourself. And how did the former
CEO turn around the Godfather’s Pizza chain when it was on the brink of
bankruptcy? Why, with Q-S-C! Quality, Service and Cleanliness.
According to Cain, "There are generally 3 types of people in the world.
People who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and people
who say, ‘What in the heck just happened?’" And when it comes to appointing
Supreme Court Justices, he says, "I have 3 criteria: conservative,
You might be surprised that despite the apparent obsession with triads, he
devotes an entire chapter to his lucky number, 45, in which he reveals that
not only was he born in 1945, but that he expects to be the 45th President
of the United States. If you’re superstitious, you might appreciate the
other coincidences he cites, like recently writing an article with exactly
645 words, and eating at a restaurant named Table 45.
Numerology aside, I do recommend This Is Herman Cain for 2 (not 3) reasons.
First, as an excellent reference articulating the Republican nomination
contender’s positions. For, in a chapter entitled “The Cain Doctrine,” he
elaborates on what his Administration’s policy would be on everything from
the Economy to Abortion to Energy to Immigration.
Secondly, 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
crediting his late parents who labored as a maid and a janitor in Jim Crow
Georgia to raise a black boy who beat the odds by growing up to become a
captain of industry.