Friday, November 18, 2011

A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future

Jennifer Grandholm, Michigan's former Governor, and Dan Mulhern have turned the autobiography genre on its head with this excellent, well-written book.  Instead of  a self-indulgent recitation of select remembrances, the two scholars chose to reflect on the challenges of leadership in a state that was hit hard and first by the struggles over devastating unemployment in a global economy, huge budget deficits, technological upheavals, and foreign competition.  Yes, this narrative includes the drama that the state faced when the Big Three car companies nearly went bankrupt.  Our recommendation is to buy this book because you will gain insights, with specific details, into the ways that Michigan successfully has worked to have the car companies posting new profits and to enjoy the most improved job creation rate of any state in the United States.
Rating: Five out of five stars.