Ordinary citizens gave Jesse Ventura the strength to battle "political pawns and media jackals" nipping at his heels, the maverick governor of Minnesota writes in a new book.

Ventura has penned his second book with a ghost writer, the first chapter of which was published on the Internet Thursday.

"My strength out there is in that silent majority. They don't necessarily speak, but they're listening. The media, the legislature, and the behind-the-scenes power brokers give me a lot of grief," he writes in "Do I Stand Alone?" It's scheduled to be released next month by Simon & Schuster.