Outside the Wire
A smart and revealing political memoir from a rising star of the Democratic Party.Barack Obama has called Jason Kander the future of the Democratic Party. A former Army Captain who served in Afghanistan, Kander was the first millennial ever elected to statewide office. Today, he is the founder and president of Let America Vote and a bold new voice in American politics.In Outside The Wire, Jason Kander writes candidly about his life, from joining the military following 9/11 to launching his first political campaign, to becoming the next step in the evolution of the Democratic Party following the 2016 presidential election.Kander's signature outspoken voice is on full display as he guides readers through his own journey from soldier to politician, detailing -- often with a dose of humor -- the lessons he's learned along the way. Outside The Wire is an inspiring and entertaining argument for a life of service, as well as a hopeful vision of America's future as seen through the eyes of one of its most dedicated citizens.

Outside the Wire Details

TitleOutside the Wire
Author
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherTwelve
ISBN-139781538747599
Rating
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography

Outside the Wire Review

  • Cathy D
    January 1, 1970
    Don’t let the length of time it took me to read this book. I put this book down months ago. I wasn’t ready to read it. But when I picked it back up, I very much enjoyed it. A very positive and hopeful book about politics, about life. And I will never look at Taco Bell the same way again.
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  • Jonah Wolff
    January 1, 1970
    If, like me, you find yourself in the lucky position of getting to spend your working days in a position to make the world better, you need to read this book. It is a clear-headed inventory of the basic values of integrity, humility, and compassion that drive us to make change. I expect to return to this book when I need to remind myself why I do what I do, or when I need a second wind.
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  • Laura Mcgee
    January 1, 1970
    He’s just a delight this man! I think this is a very hopeful book about politics and very worth reading!
  • Everydayreader1
    January 1, 1970
    You may have heard of this dynamic person--the first millennial ever elected to statewide office and founder and president of Let America Vote. He is aprogressive Democrat who speaks honestly about his vision for America--an America for everyone. Part memoir and part pep talk, this book is full of hopeand optimism. It is not a politician's talking points, it is a down-to-earth look at who he is, what America is, and what we can be again.For anyone disheartened and discouraged by the results of t You may have heard of this dynamic person--the first millennial ever elected to statewide office and founder and president of Let America Vote. He is aprogressive Democrat who speaks honestly about his vision for America--an America for everyone. Part memoir and part pep talk, this book is full of hopeand optimism. It is not a politician's talking points, it is a down-to-earth look at who he is, what America is, and what we can be again.For anyone disheartened and discouraged by the results of the 2016 election and the present climate of discouragement, I urge you to read this book. Takea deep breath, and let's get to work.
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  • Helen Dunn
    January 1, 1970
    Simple life lessons from Jason Kander’s political life. He seems like a totally sensible, nice guy who is doing all the right things. I hope he continues to have success and that we see him rise to the national stage. Let America Vote!
  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Really easy to read. Part memoir, part political statement. I have to say it was effective. I'd vote for him :)And quite frankly after hearing some of his tales of working across party lines for the greater good, I very much wish he was in charge of the whole shebang, we could certainly use a little best for the country mentality right now!
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  • Abigael Weller
    January 1, 1970
    Made me want to run for office. Can't wait to see what Jason will do in the future.
  • Tony Yushinsky
    January 1, 1970
    Jason KanderOutside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday CourageIf you've listened to Majority 54, then you know what you're getting here. I read Outside the Wire in two days, and it could have easily been one. It is so well written, I heard Jason narrating as I read.For those of you looking for a great read by someone who is very relatable and who cares deeply about this country, this book is for you. Even if you're not sure his politics align 100% with yours, I'd still highly recomme Jason KanderOutside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday CourageIf you've listened to Majority 54, then you know what you're getting here. I read Outside the Wire in two days, and it could have easily been one. It is so well written, I heard Jason narrating as I read.For those of you looking for a great read by someone who is very relatable and who cares deeply about this country, this book is for you. Even if you're not sure his politics align 100% with yours, I'd still highly recommend reading Outside the Wire. It's a very compelling story with great lessons.http://jasonkanderbook.com/https://tinyurl.com/y9d4qlx2
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  • Caroline S.
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Kander gets knocked for being a Boy Scout, figuratively speaking, but without a doubt, he’s someone I respect. His anecdotes of army and political life play nicely into one another, and he authentically illustrates how the former informed the latter. At times, I felt like he recounted some of his experiences with a subtle self-congratulatory tone, but it’s possible I felt that way because of my own naturally cynical nature. If nothing else, after reading this book you’ll take away 10 simpl Jason Kander gets knocked for being a Boy Scout, figuratively speaking, but without a doubt, he’s someone I respect. His anecdotes of army and political life play nicely into one another, and he authentically illustrates how the former informed the latter. At times, I felt like he recounted some of his experiences with a subtle self-congratulatory tone, but it’s possible I felt that way because of my own naturally cynical nature. If nothing else, after reading this book you’ll take away 10 simple but important lessons. (I particularly enjoyed his chapter on the absurdity of politics.) Beyond those, though, you’ll be impressed by Kander’s integrity and his compassion for all people regardless of political affiliation, and, hopefully, you might even be inspired to go outside the political wire - as he puts it - and start having real conversations with real-life people.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    When my Politically Progressive Introverts book club chose this book for November, I was not looking forward to reading it. I'm kind of tired of hearing what privileged white men have to say, you know? But, wow, Jason Kander really won me over. We're about the same age so his cadence, slang and references were right up my alley. I particularly enjoyed his hilarious footnotes. Kander is a democratic politician deep within a red state who won a state-wide election at quite a young age. He did it b When my Politically Progressive Introverts book club chose this book for November, I was not looking forward to reading it. I'm kind of tired of hearing what privileged white men have to say, you know? But, wow, Jason Kander really won me over. We're about the same age so his cadence, slang and references were right up my alley. I particularly enjoyed his hilarious footnotes. Kander is a democratic politician deep within a red state who won a state-wide election at quite a young age. He did it by really listening to and connecting with the voters, and though they didn't necessarily agree with him, they respected him and appreciated his willingness to listen to their experiences as well as stand up for and hold with his positions. Today's democrats should absolutely take a page from his book, particularly those condemned as 'elite' and 'out of touch'. Kander himself admits that the higher one goes in politics, the harder it is to remember what everyday people need, as his days and nights are spent garnering funds from wealthy donors whose desires are mostly at odds with his middle to lower middle class constituents. However, Kander proves that one can keep one's integrity in this game if one is willing to try hard enough. I'm super tired of white male politicians, but I would totally vote for this guy. My one complaint is that, at the end of the book Kander encourages readers to post about the book on social media, and promises to respond/retweet, and though I shared my Insta post on Twitter and Facebook, I've yet to hear from him. He's a busy guy, though, and I'm sure he has better things to do than toss me a like ;)
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    I took this out of the library but I think I'm going to buy the kindle. I read this book at one sitting - I read fast and it wasn't dense - so I'm probably going to have to go back and re-read parts. I was ambivalent about this book from the beginning because the author organizes this sort-of memoir around his military experiences, having joined up after 9/11.Basically, Jason Kander grows up in Kansas City, Missouri . . . goes to high school, meets his future wife (who is totally kickass, btw), I took this out of the library but I think I'm going to buy the kindle. I read this book at one sitting - I read fast and it wasn't dense - so I'm probably going to have to go back and re-read parts. I was ambivalent about this book from the beginning because the author organizes this sort-of memoir around his military experiences, having joined up after 9/11.Basically, Jason Kander grows up in Kansas City, Missouri . . . goes to high school, meets his future wife (who is totally kickass, btw), goes to college, goes to law school, joins the Army after 9/11, comes back home, runs for the Missouri legislature and then Secretary of State, loses a race while fighting for better access to the polls, and starts Let America Vote. Oh, and President Obama (and VP Biden) love him. I'm still ambivalent about that but he makes it work. It's any incredibly wonderful rah-rah-you-can-do-it book by someone so self-deprecating and self-analytical that it never feels like a rah-rah-you-can-do-it book. But, it made me feel like I can do it. It cheered me up and got me re-enthused to fight to take the House back which was pretty awesome but it would be a pretty good self-help book for anyone. (And, I usually *loathe* self-help books.)P.S. If you have no other reason to read it, I think it might have been written by the first Jewish president of the United States.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Kander offers insights from his military and political career to encourage community action and "grabbing an oar." Kander's podcast, Majority 54 is a great platform that offers conversations on the defining topics of our modern politics, and this book channels that same even tone and inviting perspective. The life lessons are simple while challenging the reader to face the moral dilemmas affecting American democracy, and Kander tempers each directive with his own personal experiences, ofte Jason Kander offers insights from his military and political career to encourage community action and "grabbing an oar." Kander's podcast, Majority 54 is a great platform that offers conversations on the defining topics of our modern politics, and this book channels that same even tone and inviting perspective. The life lessons are simple while challenging the reader to face the moral dilemmas affecting American democracy, and Kander tempers each directive with his own personal experiences, often communicating his privilege with humility. All in all, it's an inspiring memoir that calls for dialogue and progressive movement using reason and understanding.Side Note: I completely share Kander's love of Taco Bell, and his practice of using its savory deliciousness as a motivation tool is definitely the first thing I will apply to my life from this book.
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  • Blakely
    January 1, 1970
    I was actually really surprised by how much I liked this book.I've listened to several episodes of Jason's "Majority 54" podcast and I like it quite a bit. I still probably wouldn't have purchased the book except that he was donating money from each sale to Mom's Demand Action and I was buying a few other books already so I figured what the hell.This book was really easy to read and very enjoyable. Kander offers useful lessons and tells some great stories from his time in the military (Afghanist I was actually really surprised by how much I liked this book.I've listened to several episodes of Jason's "Majority 54" podcast and I like it quite a bit. I still probably wouldn't have purchased the book except that he was donating money from each sale to Mom's Demand Action and I was buying a few other books already so I figured what the hell.This book was really easy to read and very enjoyable. Kander offers useful lessons and tells some great stories from his time in the military (Afghanistan) after 9/11, growing up, and serving in the Missouri legislature / as Secretary of State.I definitely recommend checking this out. It's a super quick read - you'll gobble it up and then be sad when it's done.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not usually interested in books by politicians, but as a liberal living in Missouri I've followed Jason Kander's career for the last several years and thought this might be worth my time. I was not disappointed. The stories from his military training, deployment, and years in Missouri politics were both enlightening and entertaining, and he doesn't hesitate to make fun of himself repeatedly and point out his own mistakes. Our country needs more politicians like Jason Kander - honest, able to I'm not usually interested in books by politicians, but as a liberal living in Missouri I've followed Jason Kander's career for the last several years and thought this might be worth my time. I was not disappointed. The stories from his military training, deployment, and years in Missouri politics were both enlightening and entertaining, and he doesn't hesitate to make fun of himself repeatedly and point out his own mistakes. Our country needs more politicians like Jason Kander - honest, able to admit when they screw up, and striving to do the right thing in any situation (and it wouldn't hurt to have more people like Diana Kander as well). This is the Citizen Kane of books by millennial politicians.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    The idealism that has defined my political philosophy came pretty close to dying on Nov. 8: 2016. The bitter disappointment of Trump’s election could and should have made me a cynic.It’s young leaders like Jason Kander that began restoring that belief that better days were coming as long as we didn’t wallow in self-pity. “Outside the Wire” perfectly encapsulates the pep talk we all need. Self-deprecating, honest and motivating, this book made believing in public servants cool again.Two of my fav The idealism that has defined my political philosophy came pretty close to dying on Nov. 8: 2016. The bitter disappointment of Trump’s election could and should have made me a cynic.It’s young leaders like Jason Kander that began restoring that belief that better days were coming as long as we didn’t wallow in self-pity. “Outside the Wire” perfectly encapsulates the pep talk we all need. Self-deprecating, honest and motivating, this book made believing in public servants cool again.Two of my favorite passages:“Once you learn what you’re capable of, you run out of the excuses for stopping short of capacity.”“He wasn’t judging my answer, he was judging my character.”I hope i have a chance to vote for Jason some day, and i don’t plan on moving to Missouri to do it.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    The author provides us with ten lessons on courage illustrated with stories from his life. These are great stories told from his time as a soldier in Afghanistan to his time as a politician to his present career working on making sure everyone votes. He speaks his mind, even when running for office, a welcome breath of fresh air as most politicians too often say only what they think people want to hear. He even describes some instances where people differed from his position but voted for him an The author provides us with ten lessons on courage illustrated with stories from his life. These are great stories told from his time as a soldier in Afghanistan to his time as a politician to his present career working on making sure everyone votes. He speaks his mind, even when running for office, a welcome breath of fresh air as most politicians too often say only what they think people want to hear. He even describes some instances where people differed from his position but voted for him anyway doe to this honesty. I also love the fact that he has an F rating from the NRA. I am hoping he runs for office again because we can use more people like him in government.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book thinking it was going to be primarily about people who have had to journey into dangerous places. While some of the book was about that, most of the book was about Jason’s personal story where pushes himself to do things outside his comfort zones in the political arena. I really enjoyed reading about his story and areas where he took risks that didn’t always turn out the way he expected. Jason has served as an elected official on a number of levels and I found myself wishin I picked up this book thinking it was going to be primarily about people who have had to journey into dangerous places. While some of the book was about that, most of the book was about Jason’s personal story where pushes himself to do things outside his comfort zones in the political arena. I really enjoyed reading about his story and areas where he took risks that didn’t always turn out the way he expected. Jason has served as an elected official on a number of levels and I found myself wishing I could vote for him. I’m hoping he is able to get back into the political arena sooner, rather than later, as I think he has the grit and tenacity to make improvements in our current government.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting journey through Jason Kander's life and story thus far. He does a good job of mixing life lessons with the real experiences that led him to believe in the inspiration he's providing. The book is real and thoughtful and while a bit wrapped in ego, does a nice job of putting all of that out there. Kander has a voice and perspective that's easy to read and provides some real hope that he's only one of many ready to step up and lead when we need it most. He makes the life of service s An interesting journey through Jason Kander's life and story thus far. He does a good job of mixing life lessons with the real experiences that led him to believe in the inspiration he's providing. The book is real and thoughtful and while a bit wrapped in ego, does a nice job of putting all of that out there. Kander has a voice and perspective that's easy to read and provides some real hope that he's only one of many ready to step up and lead when we need it most. He makes the life of service seem approachable and achievable for anyone willing to make it their objective.
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  • Madison Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Kander has written a refreshing and optimistic book about courage and public service that has not only deepened my respect for our armed forces, but also instilled some "boy-scoutish" in the American system that seems to rare in today's politics. I am knocking it down a star only because his writing can be a little simple and he at times over-uses footnotes in a way that does not enrich the story being told. Overall, it was wonderful light reading and I would recommend it to anyone interes Jason Kander has written a refreshing and optimistic book about courage and public service that has not only deepened my respect for our armed forces, but also instilled some "boy-scoutish" in the American system that seems to rare in today's politics. I am knocking it down a star only because his writing can be a little simple and he at times over-uses footnotes in a way that does not enrich the story being told. Overall, it was wonderful light reading and I would recommend it to anyone interested in Democratic politics.
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Was not sure what to expect if this book but was pleasantly surprised. I found the author to be amusing, but not so much that it detracted from the message of the book. As a veteran, I love to see how other veterans go through life and put those hard learned lessons into practice. I had to laugh at the thought that anyone would join the military to look good to electors later on. Way too much stuff to get through to ever do that. His book inspires me to continue to be politically active and seek Was not sure what to expect if this book but was pleasantly surprised. I found the author to be amusing, but not so much that it detracted from the message of the book. As a veteran, I love to see how other veterans go through life and put those hard learned lessons into practice. I had to laugh at the thought that anyone would join the military to look good to electors later on. Way too much stuff to get through to ever do that. His book inspires me to continue to be politically active and seek the best for our great country.
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  • Ryan Kenfield
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Kander's communication style is very natural, which is unfortunately not that common in politicians. I really enjoyed reading his stories and how he was able to tie them together in a central theme for each lesson/chapter. This is a great book for anybody interested in being more active in the political realm or just learning more about Jason Kander. I don't think you have to consider yourself a progressive or even a democrat in order to appreciate this book.
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  • Mary Jane
    January 1, 1970
    The book was readable and clear. I read political books because I write about elections and for that purpose, I try and get a feel for the candidates, I want them to spring from the page. This person comes through as refreshingly honest and soft-spoken. I wish there was more elaboration on his stance regarding issues as I think that would be very informative. I'd like to know what he thinks but, also why he thinks that way.
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  • Kari Chesney
    January 1, 1970
    Kander gives an inspiring, and, even better yet, honest pep talk to anyone thinking about stepping into the political realm. His real-life stories of success, failure, and struggle seek to bring the reader closer to understanding their own personal goals and what is stopping them from achieving their potential. It is an amazing read for anyone who may seem lost in this current version of politics, and sheds a positive light on what could be if we all grab an oar :)
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  • Lindi
    January 1, 1970
    Jason's honesty, intelligence, and transparency is exactly what is missing in today's government. This was such a lovely, quick read. I'm a fan of his voice (Majority 54 fan here!) so I got this on Audible and finished in 2 days.I recently read the news about Kander's struggle with depression and PTSD, which is maybe why parts of this made me quite emotional. I am hoping for his recovery - he is a loud voice America needs.
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  • Alexander Candello
    January 1, 1970
    A Brilliant, Immensely Funny, Extremely Serious BookI keep saying the same thing over and over: “If half of the politicians were like Jason Kander, we’d be living in a far better society”. That statement is still true. Now, having gulped “Outside the Wire” in just a few sittings, let me add this: Mr. Kander is the man of an extraordinary vision and an excellent writer. Do yourself and country a favor - read this book, start thinking and, well, grab an oar.
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  • Sammie Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Kander is the politician we all wished could represent us. His honesty, integrity, and ethic makes him a standout politician! His words throughout these lessons can guide anyone through their life - political goals or not. This book is the Citizen Kane of political memoirs. You should also check out the Majority 54 podcast!
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  • David Chabot
    January 1, 1970
    The book is pretty short and, although full of interesting anecdotes and stories, feels like half a book. I didn't know Kander except for his famous gun assembling ad and I now like the guy a lot. I just feel he had so much more to write and offer, but it's still a very interesting and fun read about life and politics. Read it, it's worth it!
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  • Dayla Penn
    January 1, 1970
    Full of wisdom, anecdotes, and current events. Outside the Wire: Ten Lessons I've Learned in Everyday Courage is one of my favorite books this year. Jason Kander's honesty and self deprecation are entertaining and educational! This isn't a political book, it's more of a life book. Read it. You won't be sorry!
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  • Kat Coffin
    January 1, 1970
    An incredible book from a sensational politician. I've admired Jason Kander's integrity and leadership since 2016 and his semi-memoir is a wonderful example of it. He is refreshingly humble about his service in Afghanistan and he laces his writing with humorous footnotes and commentary to tease out a smile, even when discussing the deadly serious. It rather reminds me of the L'Engle quote, "The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly." The marvel of An incredible book from a sensational politician. I've admired Jason Kander's integrity and leadership since 2016 and his semi-memoir is a wonderful example of it. He is refreshingly humble about his service in Afghanistan and he laces his writing with humorous footnotes and commentary to tease out a smile, even when discussing the deadly serious. It rather reminds me of the L'Engle quote, "The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly." The marvel of this book is it is something I feel I can give to my conservative friends and family in the hopes of explaining WHY my politics are left-leaning. Kander writes with such respect and thoughtfulness that I don't fear insulting or offending anyone to the right. Highly recommend to anyone who needs a little courage under the darkness of this administration.
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  • Amanda W
    January 1, 1970
    Didn’t find any of these rules particularly insightful or applicable to my own life. Ex: Politics is a profession practiced entirely by amateurs. Maybe it’s because I’m not into politics? Felt the author was patting himself on the back for his honest political stands most of the time. And had to struggle to understand how his stories/examples applied.
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