Item description for What Color Is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics by J. C. Watts, Jr. & Chriss Winston...
Overview The former congressman shares the remarkable story of his life and the controversy of his independent views.
Publishers Description The inspiring autobiography of one of America's emerging leaders How does an African American man raised in a family of Democrats on the poor side of the tracks become the first to hold a Republican leadership position in the U.S. Congress? J. C. Watts Jr. shares the remarkable story of his life and the controversy of his independent views. In this inspiring, provocative, and inside look at the workings of Washington, he tackles hot-button issues, his vision for America's future, and his controversial decision to retire from Congress.
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Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.96" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.74" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Nov 11, 2003
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0060932406 ISBN13 9780060932404
Reviews - What do customers think about What Color Is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics?
Great Story based on the content of his character Apr 9, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. He's as nice a guy as you could ever possibly meet. And after I read this book, I gained an understanding of why that's so.
The power of his convictions Nov 27, 2008
With Chriss Winston
So five years after J. C. Watts retired from Congress and returned to private life, in the midst of the Obama revolution in American politics, the better question for this book in 2008 might be: "Where is J. C. Watts?" His removal from the public eye, to the casual observer, appears to have been remarkably successful (unlike those athletes who retire to "spend more time with their family" and instead spend more time on Entertainment Tonight!). So googling his name, I find that he is still officially retired but politically active as a "frequent political commentator", and is actively engaged in implementing part of the vision for the future he outlines here--through JC Watts Companies (http://www.jcwatts.com/) implementing private business-based solutions to the economic, social and moral problems of our time.
I am encouraged to see both that he has followed through on his convictions, and is still remaining politically active, because the story he tells in "What Color is a Conservative?" is a fascinating one of a straight-forward, straight-thinking, yet complex and very independent-thinking man who is proud of his roots in hard work in small-town Oklahoma. His story is most interesting when it dwells on his experiences growing up--his hardworking blue-collar family his school experiences, his football career--and his mistakes, such as the two children he fathered as a senior in high school when he was unable to handle the adulation coming to the big-time high school football star in the small town. These experiences provide a context for the demonstrations of his strong independent streak, for example turning his back on the NFL to play Canadian football, then walking away from his career at 30 to become a youth pastor in Oklahoma City, then registering and running for political office as a Republican.
I started into this book wondering if Watts had regrets about his remove from the political fray in light of Barack Obama's success, a question that is answered by this book and by his current activities. J. C. Watts is firm in his convictions and will continue to remain independent and active with no regrets for his decisions as long as he is following God's guidance for his own life. In this there are parallels to Tony Dungy's story Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life which I recently read and reviewed. Both men are secure in their faith, their family, and their position in society, even when it doesn't follow the traditional path of African-American men of their time and culture. Both men are honorable, decent, not enamored with their celebrity, but willing to use it for the greater purposes they see God guiding them toward.
Statesmen Apr 27, 2008
Very well writen, and informative. There are statesmen still left in this country, not just politicians.
GREEEAAAAT Book Mar 3, 2008
For those you are political junkies and for those who aren't this is a great read. There are some really good stories in this book as well as some really good and thoughtful insights. I bought this as a gift for someone struggling with the issues of color and liberalism. It makes a great converstional book as well. I own this book as well. Strongly recommended.
Good Read Aug 19, 2005
This is overall, a good read. The book gave me a different perspective of J.C. Watts and resulted in more respect for the former Congressman. My only complaint is the numerous football analogies: too many. It became overkill after a while and I was annoyed by his constant references to the game. Other than that, I enjoyed reading the book.