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So Help Me God

So Help Me God

by Mike Pence
So Help Me God

So Help Me God

by Mike Pence



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The autobiography of former Vice President Mike Pence.

Loyalty is a Vice President’s first duty; but there is a greater one—to God and the Constitution.

Mike Pence spent more hours in the Oval Office than any of his predecessors. On the surface, the affable evangelical Christian from a gas-station-owning family in Indiana wouldn’t seem to have much in common with a brash real estate mogul from New York. But the unlikely duo formed a tight bond. Pence was at Donald Trump’s side when he enacted historic tax relief, when he decided to take more assertive stances toward China and North Korea, and when he appointed three Supreme Court justices. But the relationship broke down after the 2020 election. On January 6, 2021, as the president pressured him to overturn the election, a mob erected a gallows on Capitol Hill and its members chanted “Hang Mike Pence!” as they rampaged through the halls of Congress. The vice president refused to leave the Capitol, and once the riot was quelled, he reconvened Congress to complete the work of a peaceful transfer of power.

So Help Me God is the chronicle of the events and people who forged Mike Pence’s character and led him to that historic moment. His father, a Korean War combat veteran, was a formidable influence, but so was the Indiana history professor who inspired his devotion to the Constitution. And it was in college and law school that he embraced his Christian faith and met the love of his life, Karen—the two pillars that support him every day. You will read how his early political career was full of missteps that humbled him and how, as a talk radio host, Pence found his voice and the path that led him to Congress, the governor’s office in Indiana, and back to Washington as vice president.

This is the inside story of the Trump administration by its second highest official—what he said to the president and how he was tested. The relationship begins in Indiana, when Pence sees how Trump connects with working-class voters. After the election, the vice president comes to appreciate how Trump maintains that connection through unvarnished tweets and how his unorthodox style led to historic breakthroughs, from tax cuts to trade deals, from establishing the United States Space Force to the first new peace agreement in the Middle East in more than twenty-five years. This is the most robust defense of the Trump record of anyone who served in the administration.

But it is also about the private moments when Pence pushed back forcefully, how he navigated through the Mueller investigation, his damage control after Charlottesville, and his work on healing racial rifts after the murder of George Floyd. Pence was at the forefront when “history showed up” in the form of a devastating pandemic, and he provides a detailed account of leading the task force that circumvented bureaucracies to slow the disease in its tracks. Yes, it sometimes involved brokering peace between a president with an itchy Twitter finger and an agitated New York governor, but above all, it meant giving states and America’s eager entrepreneurs the power to come up with the solutions we needed. The result was the fastest development of life-saving vaccines in history.

In So Help Me God, Pence shows how the faith that he embraced as a young man guided his every decision. It is a faith that guided him on that historic day and that keeps him happily at peace, ready to accept the next challenge.

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ISBN-13: 9781982190354
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/15/2022
Format: eBook
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 4,272
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mike Pence served as the 48th Vice President of the United States (2017–2021), 50th Governor of Indiana (2013–2017), and as a member of the US House of Representatives (2001–2013).

Table of Contents

Prelude 1

Chapter 1 Climb Your Own Mountain 5

Chapter 2 Bends in the River 19

Chapter 3 The Beautiful Brunette with the Guitar 27

Chapter 4 Reaching for Dreams, Enduring Loss 36

Chapter 5 Done Dreaming 45

Chapter 6 Time to Serve 61

Chapter 7 The War on Terror Begins 67

Chapter 8 Defending Limited Government 80

Chapter 9 Life and Liberty 88

Chapter 10 Closer to Home 102

Chapter 11 Take It Around the Block and See What It Can Do 108

Chapter 12 Doing the Right Thing the Right Way 117

Chapter 13 Lessons Learned Defending Religious Freedom 128

Chapter 14 Changing Direction 137

Chapter 15 "Mike, It's Gonna Be Great!" 143

Chapter 16 Hoosier, Hummingbird, and Harmony 154

Chapter 17 "Knock the Cover off the Ball" 164

Chapter 18 "That Doesn't Look like Second Place to Me" 172

Chapter 19 Dead Sprint 180

Chapter 20 With My Right Hand Raised 190

Chapter 21 Be Informed. Be Prepared. Be of Service. 198

Chapter 22 And So It Begins 207

Chapter 23 America First, Not America Alone 214

Chapter 24 The Hermit Kingdom 223

Chapter 25 The Summer of Russia 227

Chapter 26 New Frontiers 236

Chapter 27 Repeal and Replace 239

Chapter 28 Fire and Unexpected Fury 246

Chapter 29 Stay and Fight 253

Chapter 30 Promises Kept 260

Chapter 31 On a Foundation of Faith 270

Chapter 32 Maximum Pressure 278

Chapter 33 Heal Our Land 285

Chapter 34 Blessed 291

Chapter 35 Peace Begins with Strength 297

Chapter 36 Righteous Indignation 311

Chapter 37 Dialogue Is Good 320

Chapter 38 Go Fix This 327

Chapter 39 Changing of the Guard and Walking in the Ruins of Evil 334

Chapter 40 No Collusion, No Obstruction 340

Chapter 41 Onward and Upward 343

Chapter 42 Trade and Travel 346

Chapter 43 A Less-than-Perfect Phone Call 354

Chapter 44 A Cease-Fire and Justice Served 364

Chapter 45 History Shows Up 374

Chapter 46 Only in America 388

Chapter 47 Overcome Evil by Doing Good 406

Chapter 48 Running the Race 416

Chapter 49 Here We Go 428

Chapter 50 Standing Firm 441

Chapter 51 So Help Me God 456

Chapter 52 The Calm After the Storm 473

Epilogue 479

Acknowledgments 483

Appendix 491

Index 525

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