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Can't Is Not an Option - My American Story

Nikki Haley

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A rising star in the Republican Party shares her inspirational memoir of family, hope, and the power of the American Dream. Decades before their daughter surprised the nation by becoming governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley's parents had a dream. Ajit and Raj Randhawa were well-educated, well-off Sikhs in the Punjab region of India. But despite their high social status, the Randhawas wanted more for their family-the opportunities that only America could offer. So they left behind all they had known and settled in Bamberg, South Carolina (population: 2,500). As the first Indian family in a small Southern town in the early 1970s, the Randhawas faced ignorance, prejudice, and sometimes blatant hostility. Nikki remembers stopping at a roadside produce stand with her father, who always wore his traditional Sikh turban. Within minutes, two police cars pulled to make sure they weren't thieves. But the Randhawas taught their children that they should never think of themselves as victims. They stressed that if you work hard and stay true to yourself, you can overcome any obstacle. The key is believing that can't is not an option. The family struggled to make ends meet while starting a clothing business in their living room, eventually growing it into a multimillion- dollar success. At age twelve, Nikki started to do the bookkeeping and taxes after school. After graduating from college and entering the business world, she watched business owners like her parents battle government bureaucracy and overregulation. Her frustration inspired her to get into politics and run for the state legislature. That first campaign, against an entrenched incumbent, led to racial and religious slurs and threats-but Haley, like her parents, refused to back down. She won on a promise to fight for reform, lean budgets, and government accountability, which is exactly what she did-much to the dismay of South Carolina's old guard politicians. Soon she had a reputation as a conservative leader who could get things done. In the same state w

Language:

English

Length:

4h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:50

Introduction
Introduction

00:41


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:54


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:59


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:42


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:29


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:16


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:54


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:42


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:41


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:10


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:51


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:09


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:39


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:39


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:20


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:22


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:16


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:57