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
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Biography, Autobiography

Outside the Wire Review

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Erik Rehnberg
    January 1, 1970
    While this is probably Jason Kander's "Dreams from my Father," i.e. the book he's writing to get better national name recognition in advance of a Presidential run, it's still excellent. Kander's lessons on life, through the lens of a guy who spent part of a year in Afghanistan, are excellent. A must read for any other progressive lefty types, but a good read for everyone.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    What a refreshing young man! This is a quick read from a self-professed "professional politician" who is delightful, courageous, humble, and very brave. Oh - and he also has a great sense of humor - what a breath of fresh air from a politician!!!! This guy gives me hope that there are still people in politics with ethics, strong morals, and convictions.
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  • Sheba Family
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Obviously expect this to sound like a book from a politician who has an upcoming election and don’t use that against him (though he’s chose to run for Kansas City mayor, not the White House...yet). Self promotion is a necessary part of the job. Sometimes he sounds almost too good, too fair, I found Clinton’s book sounded more authentic with less cheese. However it doesn’t matter in my opinion. As long as he’s backing up his words with actions and the right votes, who cares? If authent 3.5 stars. Obviously expect this to sound like a book from a politician who has an upcoming election and don’t use that against him (though he’s chose to run for Kansas City mayor, not the White House...yet). Self promotion is a necessary part of the job. Sometimes he sounds almost too good, too fair, I found Clinton’s book sounded more authentic with less cheese. However it doesn’t matter in my opinion. As long as he’s backing up his words with actions and the right votes, who cares? If authentic, he’s mostly a great guy. I was a bit bored at times of his writing style, but it got better towards the end. Worth the read if you’re living in MI.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is such an inspiring book! Jason Kander is a wonderful example of how you can be true to your values and still succeed in today's political world. I would advise anyone who is dispirited by today's political climate to pick up a copy today.
  • Molly Wright
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic book. Not only is it funny and thoughtful, but I found something to be inspired by in every chapter. Definitely recommend if you're frustrated with the current political climate and want to have a bit more hope for the future.
  • Laura Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Inspiring!I found this book to be a totally unique in the political sphere. It was both a series of interesting narratives about Jason Kander’s life and how that has informed his politics. We would all do well to follow his advice.
  • Jedidiah
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could rate this higher than five stars. It's a memoir that's humble, a political book that's not arrogant or preachy, and a life lessons book that's relevant. Plus, he's a Royals fan. I can't recommend this highly enough.
  • Patrick Damp
    January 1, 1970
    Good read by Kander. Definitely a little bit of a campaign literature since he’s running for mayor of Kansas City, but overall inspiring. “Patriotism is not about making everyone stand and salute the flag. Patriotism is about making this a country where everyone wants to.”
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  • Meaghan Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    From listening to Kander’s podcast I knew I wanted to read his book and it delivered. Thoughtful, honest and full of wit.
  • Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Phenomenal book by one of the up and coming leaders in America. Worth the time and energy. Jason brings fresh ideas and perspective on drive, determination and leadership. Grab an oar!
  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    Read this book, and not just if you are from Missouri or of the same party. Read to be inspired and find a way to send a ladder down.
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Kander is one of the good ones. After he’s done being KC mayor for awhile, maybe he’ll run for something where I can vote for him too.
  • Jim Ogle
    January 1, 1970
    Jason Kander is so impressive! I enjoyed this book and it’s lessons immensely. I hope Voters will elect him as Kansas City’s next mayor.
  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Inspirational, sententious, impassioned, comical, thought-provoking, motivational-- a call to action.
  • Sharron
    January 1, 1970
    It's a quick read that grabs your interest from the introduction and just flies. The "lessons" aren't ground breaking, but he writes well about his life experiences that reinforce them.
  • Eliot
    January 1, 1970
    He's running.
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