tv Summer Reading with Representative Marsha Blackburn CSPAN July 16, 2016 4:00pm-4:31pm EDT
that was the first time she met lacy hughes and she took the poem, and they made it into a song, and it's one of the most famous renditions of the song was on her album. and at that time, when he died, when lacy hughes died, she put in the song, when lacy hughes died, and she talked about how he encouraged her to be the best artist she could be. so, from then on she would
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>> representative marsha blackburn, what is on your reading list? >> i have a great reading list. one thing i'm starting with is the constitution. and so many of my constituents are reading through the constitution, and the declaration. they're doing that with their kids this summer, and so we're going to have some fun with that. do some things working toward constitution day in the fall, and i think that's exciting. that so many families are going back and looking at those first principles and founding documents. so in tennessee, that's just the top of the list. some other things, too. there is a daniels book i want to read, "bringing out the best in people." and i think every once in a while, to gate new perspective on -- get a new perspective on
how you lead a team, always say you lead people and you manage assets and always been a big fan of the coffee book the covey books, the leadership principle, so i think that's going to be a good one to read. kind of motivational. and there's an interesting book, too, by -- it is -- it looks at the mathematics the science behind occurrences, i want to read -- it's so interesting how sometimes something just seems to happen, and. >> host: what created those? >> guest: into, curiosity, the way it causes you to think, causes your mind to work and it gets you outside of your normal, everyday box of looking at policy. so, i enjoy that.
it's that mental stimulation that intrigues your mine. so it's good for you. makes you think. >> host: when we talked to you in the past often it's been history. history and biography. >> guest: yes. love -- i read the "kill me" book. and it was great. as a matter of fact, that is one of -- one this summer i'm going to read with my grandson, and they love pirates. they got so into pirates, and i thought, what a great way to introduce them to history and to our nation's founding by utilizing brian's book and going back and talking about the barbary pirates, so that's something we're going to do. last year, i read some cookbooks, and things with them.
utilized those older cookbooks, and the boys liked to help me grow herbs in my herb garden, and we do a little flower garden and what fun that was, and they're very adventurous eaters so we had a good time with that. >> host: did you grow up reading. >> guest: i did. read all the tie. and loved the biographical sketches, and i find inspiration in those. i don't know who i'm going to read this year. i haven't decided. where i want to kind of drill down. i enjoyed the lincoln books because there were several different authors, steven mansfield, one of my favorite different people that had written on lincoln so you could get that wide view, and we'll see who i end up reading this
year. i'm going to read woodward's book on "the road to the white house." i think it's timely. so i think that's going to be a good one to read. >> host: if anybody heard the belts we're in marsha blackburn's office and those bells go off from time to time. >> guest: the house is in recess. >> host: is that what that bell was? >> guest: yes. >> host: where do you read? >> guest: i read on flights. i read in the evening before i go to sleep. sometimes if i get the time to sit on the back porch, i may read a little bit. i really love inspirational reading in the morning, when i do my devotion, my bible reading, and can't beat a cup of coffee on the back porch, for quiet time to do that, 6:00 in
the morning, sun coming up. >> host: were there books in the house when you were growing up? were your parents readers? >> guest: absolutely. even the world book ensign low media. there was always -- encyclopedia. there was always something, and if were curious and having parents who were curious, grandmother who had been a school teacher, all of that makes a difference. those are big influences. and in electronic media age and seeing my grandchildren drawn to electronic media, sometimes we just -- this is a no ipad day and a no video game day, and then we read, and that is part of the intrigue to them of reading a cookbook. it's a good lesson in science, a good lesson in food. they're learning to read, my grandson, who just finished
first agreed, is so excited because now he can read, as he calls them, chapter books. and he's very excited about reading chapter books. >> host: does what you read help influence, play a part in your role as a member of the house of representatives. >> guest: oh, sure. absolutely. and it does. and there are so many books that are kind of required reading around my hose. "road to cerf dom" a must read, and you go back to many of those foundational books. they're going to be -- this summer i'm looking to read, and haven't dvded which book but
there are several on online marketing. we're dealing with the issue of data security and privacy, and i led with peter welch out of vermont a privacy working group for a couple of years, and i found it so interesting, as you look at the "new york times" list and the amazon list and different ones, that the crop of business books right now deal with the digital space, and online marketing, and i want to read a couple of those just to do my own trend analysis, and see what people who consider themselves to be experts or are considered to be the experts, what they have to say and what the trends are they're working toward. i think that would help me as we get ready to work through this issue. >> host: where do you get your books? >> guest: just depends.
sometimes it's the library. sometimes i may think of something i want to read and we may just get it from the library of congress. my local library is wonderful. i like to buy books. i'm one of those that still like the hard copy. like to hold it in my hands and mark it up and read it, and this year i've got to paint in my study, which means i have to unload all of these books from the bookshelves in order to do some cleanup, and i thought, my goodness, i'll never it get it done because i'll be flipping back through the book with the notes but that's the way i like so it i continue to do that. >> host: how is the library system in your district? >> guest: the library system in my district is healthy. it is robust. one of the things that interests
me is the way they're beginning to utilize downloads and to expand their reach, to integrate they're offerings, and tennessee has done a very good job through the tennessee connect program with our schools and universities and public libraries. so it's a wonderful, wonderful tool. and we regularly visit the library of congress for books being rotated out for libraries that need that extra push filling their shelfs and having books for children to check out. >> host: does the u.s. congress have a role in funding for libraries? are they pretty independent or state-run. >> guest: you don't see communities take that up. >> you're also an author. >> guest: yes use what was that process like for you? >> guest: it's terrific. i enjoy working on it. i keep a couple of files, word
documents, on my computer. i'm always adding things to them. my husband is at an author. he has a business book "stop selling, let them buy" and uses it as he teaches sales training courses, and he is a sales pro. so, it focuses -- this summer he has one coming out, as a joke, he -- he is a practical jokester, and someone asked him one day, why he always wore a bow tie? he said did i you not know i'm the president of the international bow tie society. just made it up. so the idea took off and now this year, he is writing a book, he just got the option on cover so it will come out, all the bow tie bible.
so it's kind of a parody, a funsy. how to tie a bow tie. so he had a lot of fun with it. and it's just a fun avocation with him. >> host: tell us about "life equity," your book can what the process is like, writ came from? >> guest: "life equity" is a term i used many times when i was talking to women about the value of investing in themselves. and we think in terms, being a small business owner, you think about building equity in a business. you think about building equity in a home. you think of that building equity as you want to grow your nest egg, and you're building equity in that. but how often do you apply that
to yourself, and to your resume? and think about the equity that you're building for you, because every skill that you develop and acquire is a -- is adding to that. all skills are transferable, and many times, especially women, they think that if they were successful in the volunteer world, that it's difficult to transition that to the for-profit world, and maybe they need to go back to zero. but they should look at lateral moves or stepups and not be thinking in terms of going back to square one. and so we talk about how to utilize those skills, and your life equity is your passions plus the skills that you have developed, plus your goal, and you use all of that to invest in yourself and design yourself,
and that is your life elk -- life equity and the key is putting that to work for you to help you achieve what is for you the american dream. >> host: what was your process like writing it? where did you write it? >> guest: i took it from speech is have given over a couple of decades, and i worked with chart world literary, and beverly darnell to pull it all together, and pulled profiles of women that i know who have re-invented themselves, and have re-defined themselves, and have used that as a part of kind of their life equity. sometimes men define themselves. that's what they do. and women have a tendency to define themselves by their families, and looking at it here holistically your job, and all your skills you bring to the
table, that can be used to help define the strength that you as a woman bring to either the private or the public sector. and i tell a story in "life equity" about being out campaigning. i've been in the state senate and now i was campaigning for congress. and no one in tennessee had if on their own put their name on the ballot, let alone run the was. was the first woman elected in her own right. we had four women who followed a spouse, and i was in a county that had a little what we call a meet and -- a little cafe. one meat and three veggies so we call them meat and threes, and i had gone in and -- in this count they didn't have many
women that served in elective office so i was passing out my campaign material, and i went over to this gentleman that you could tell had been out farming, and handed him my card and i said, hi, i'm state senator marsha blackburn, i'm running for congress and i sure would appreciate having your vote. he look at me and he said, little lady, what qualifies you? that's a giveaway, being called little lady. what qualifies you for the u.s. house of representatives? and i thought, well, you know, i've been a choir director, the grandmother, and the chairman, and the girl scout cookie mom so i think i can handle the u.s. house of representatives because i had to the jobs and he didn't want to talk about i was a state senator and just led a four-year fight to keep us state income
tax free, and that didn't so. so i kind of threw that on him. those jobs before being the choir director and the grandmother, chairman of the girl scout cookie mom, those are true life skills that do prepare you for working with people, for working with diverse groups of people. and with being able to help lead groups and entities and organizations. part of that transferable skills thing. so people will undersell a woman when it comes to the job she can do. >> host: did that impress him. >> guest: i think it did. he called me back over to the table -- he motioned to me like this and he said, little lady, if you win thing this what will will call you, congress girl, congress lady? i said, you know what, congressman suits me just fine.
so he kind of chuckled and i got his vote. >> host: you ever get recommendations for books from your colleagues up here? do you ever recommend books? >> guest: yes, i do. from time to time i will. i also have constituents that know i'm a voracious reader, and a writer, and they will say, you know, hey you need to read this, or they'll send me an e-mail, with a book review and say -- that's how i came across "fluke," and also "bring ought the best in people." things were recommended to me by people who know what i like to read and recommended that i read this. >> host: ever get a chance for that what we call beach-reading, maybe not -- >> guest: not enough. >> host: -- nonfiction but -- >> guest: not enough. but you know, the thing about reading fiction that is really interesting and -- has a book
coming out called, i think, "foreign agents" and reading things, a fantasy book like that, if you get way over there and letting the mind just go and thinking about the possibilities and every once in a while people will talk about washington and they'll go, you just couldn't make this up. and so i think that sometimes reading fiction or reading some of these comedies, these pairedies, can be good because it allows your mind to just think. >> host: speaking of washington do you read becomes about washington, about the congress, kind of contemporary narratives? >> guest: not a lot. not a lot. i just -- i don't know.
i guess i just don't have the appetite for that right now. maybe i do so much periodical reading. spend hours every day reading so maybe i'm too immersed in it to appreciate that. >> host: if you were to recommend a book for your district to read, for example, maybe a district-wide book, what would you say? >> guest: i think reading the constitution is a great place to go this year. i think reading the federalist papers over. there are things like that, that are foundational, and that are just intriguing. i think for children, one of the franklin -- benjamin franklin books. those are exceptional because of the appreciation that he had in his life for a lot of different skillsets and the way he worked to develop different skillsets.
i think -- and jefferson, a lot of different skillsets, being someone who was an agrarian, a farmer, financier, who had interest in just a lot of different sectors of his life. those help children realize they don't have to do just one thing. >> host: have any authors who live in your district? >> guest: yes. we do. we have plenty of authors. john meacham lives in nashville now. brad thor lives in nashville, steven menceville who is from nashville and contemporary christian world. you have michael w. smith, who is there. amy grant, sid buchanan, also a study group in church with us.
>> host: there's a big publisher, thomas nelson? >> guest: thomas nelson is there and the southwestern company is also there. they're two of nashville's oldest companies, and people many times will say, how did printers alley come about? think they at a bunch of honky-tonks. it was actually the back door of the alley off the printing companies, and thomas nelson beg one of those who started with bibles and expanded and moved to educational books, and i worked with southwestern company, working my way through college. paid for my tuition. >> host: marsha blackburn, have you ever spoken or been involved with the southern festival of book? >> guest: i have not. i have gone a couple of times because i just love it. authors and -- things that bring authors together as those are
fabulous. alice randall, who has written a couple of best sellers, is a very dear friend and she has been very involved with southern festival of book. also in nashville. she and their daughter caroline, great authors. >> host: recently it was 400th 400th anniversary of williams shakespeare's death. are you a shakespearean in any way? >> guest: oh, appreciation. reading, always thought that going -- it would be a good excuse for a trip to italy to go. it's right around como or florence and see the balcony that inspired romeo and juliet. that would be a good excuse for a trip. i'm sure plenty of people have used it for research. right?
>> host: representative blackburn, when you return to a favorite book, what is that book you pick up every couple of years and re-read? i go back through the "the seven habits," steven covey's books if keep them together on my shelfs it's great to pick those up every once in a while, and then on a snow day or something like that, and just go back and hit the chapter topics that keeps your mind thinking about prioritization, organization, and keeping the first things first, and i -- we all need those reminders. when i need to bolster myself for the fight, i pick up "atlas shrugged." just one of my favorites. one of those along with poo road to serfdom that i make my kid read. you have to read it.
you have to understand it. >> host: finally, you mentioned that you keep files. >> guest: yes. >> host: so, is there another book in the works? i'd love to do another book on leadership for women, and focusing it on women. there's so many women that -- women have a circuitous life. you work, have a family, work part-time and macrearing children or maybe an elderly relative that is ill and providing care, and then you want to go back into the work force, and understanding the value that their life and that it route brings to their work process. i think is something that is valuable to do. so, i would probably write again and write on something to do
with women and leadership. >> host: and this is an extended look on booktv at marsha blackburn's reading habits. this is book there on c-span2. >> you're watching booktv on c-span2. television for serious readers. here's a look at what is on primetime tonight: we kick off the evening at 7:00 eastern with a look at the influence of the wifes of four civil war generals. at 8:15, it's a review of the election of africays first woman president. at 9:00 eastern, the form head of the defense intelligence agency retired lieutenant general michael flynn on fighting terrorism. at 10:00 p.m., on booktv's "after words" program, congressman darryl issa talks bit his book holiday watch dog: the real stories behind the headline from from the congressman who exposed washington's biggest scandals and we finish up at 11:00 with daniel hatch's report on the misuse of federal funds by states and local governments
that are earmarked for the poor. that happened tonight on booktv. >> this book aims to ask the questions of the american people today. this book is not about my life. i'm not audacious enough to believe i would shoo be writing a biography at the age of 35. i'm not a state senator from illinois. this book is also not about teddy roosevelt. of course it channels his historic speech but it's not about him. i'm not attempting to litigate his life as a conservative. i'm very aware of his progressive lurch, and what he gave us in 1912 in the candidacy and presidency of woodrow wilson. to say that teddy roosevelt as an american failed while daring greatly is inous. this book is not about me, it's not about roosevelt or litigating where he is on the political spectrum. it's a call to action. it to me is meant to inspire, motivate, and remind americans
of every generation what makes america special. and that it is worth fighting for. and some of us carried a rifle and many in this generation still do, but you don't have to carry a rifle to be in the arena, and it's our job to instill in every generation the prims that perpetuate what is as you all here know an experiment, an experiment in human freedom. you see, if the 21st century isn't an american new jersey, then the 21st century will not be a free century. just a fact. look around in the world today, there are threats looming, ideologies around the world are quite different than ours, and a quote i put in the book is the phrase: history is not over." history is never over, and all we have to do is look to western europe today to realize that when you decide to gut your military to pay for your welfare state and forget who you are you have a tendency to ride the wave
of history as opposed to shaping it. if getting off to a good start is important, then no one is more responsible for the 20th 20th century being an american century than teddy roosevelt. the guy who charged up san juan hill in 1898. sent the great white fleet around the world in 1907, and who really was the chief agitator for american involvement in world war1. he panted peace without victory, which would be i think quite difficult and would be a very different looking peace than what we have today. many ways the 20th century was an american century on the back of teddy roosevelt. >> you can watch this and other programs online at booktv.org. >> wme