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The wit and wisdom of Jesse "the Body--the Mind" Ventura
Ventura, Jesse.
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First edition.
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New York : Quill, [1999]

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xx, 85 pages ; 18 cm
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F610.3.V46 A25 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Jesse Ventura earned his fame during his eleven-year career as a professional wrestler, and later as a commentator for the sport. His induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame shows what a major influence he played. The bad boy of wrestling during his heyday, Ventura used some of his learned wrestling techniques outside the ring -- such as showmanship, outrageous antics, and manipulation of the media -- to aid in his gubernatorial campaign.

In addition, his experience as a radio host, and his roles in a variety of movies, made Ventura a visible -- and perhaps more viable -- candidate.

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Jesse Ventura, a Minnesota native born George Janos, served six years as a Navy Seal before embarking on careers as a champion professional wrestler, mayor of Brooklyn Park, and radio talk-show host. Currently the governor of Minnesota, he lives in St. Paul with his wife and two children.

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James George Janos was born on July 15, 1951 also known by his stage name Jesse Ventura. Ventura served in the United States Navy from December 1, 1969, to September 10, 1975, during the Vietnam War era. Ventura attended North Hennepin Community College Minnesota in the mid-1970s. At the same time, he began weightlifting and wrestling. He was a bodyguard for The Rolling Stones for a time, before he entered professional wrestling and changed his name to Jesse Ventura. As a wrestler, Ventura performed as a villain and often used the motto "Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!" Ventura continued to wrestle until September 1984, when blood clots in his lungs ended his in-ring career.

He then began to do color commentary on television for All-Star Wrestling and later Superstars of Wrestling. In February 1992 at SuperBrawl II, Ventura joined World Championship Wrestling as a commentator. Ventura ran for Governor of Minnesota in 1998 as the nominee for the Reform Party of Minnesota (he later joined the Independence Party of Minnesota). His slogan was "Don't vote for politics as usual". He won the election in November 1998, narrowly (and unexpectedly) defeating the major-party candidates. Lacking a party base in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate, Ventura's policy ambitions had little chance of being introduced as bills. He vetoed 45 bills in his first year, only three of which were overridden.

During his time as governor, Ventura wrote a number of politically themed books. He continued to write several other books after leaving office. In April 2008, his book Don't Start the Revolution Without Me, was released. In it, Ventura describes a hypothetical campaign in which he is a candidate for President of the United States in 2008, running as an independent. He later stated that that the scenario is only imaginary and not indicative of a "secret plan to run". American Conspiracies is a book Ventura wrote with Dick Russell. Ventura also wrote DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government. The book expresses Ventura's opposition to the two-party system and calls for political parties to be abolished. In 2013 his book They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK was released and quickly made The New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)