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A collection of good ideas, but repetitive and incomplete
on July 15, 2014
Frank Coyle has a lot of good, nonpartisan ideas for how we can deal with the various issues affecting the United States. He also has some not-so-good ones (his ideas on energy policy, in particular, need a serious update), but the majority are well-thought-out, practical and could be adopted by both major political parties. His major criticism - that neither the Democrats or Republicans have been sufficiently amenable to compromise - is as spot-on now as it was in 2012, perhaps more so.
The book itself, however, does not match up to the quality of the ideas. The type size is way too small for a Kindle, forcing the reader to boost the font two or three times to make it readable (and then knock it down two or three sizes to read a properly formatted book). The text itself tends toward being repetitive, a lot of his headings could be left out (some of them contain nothing but "See <name of previous topic>"). And his solution to what he considers America's core political problem - a lack of statesmanship - is basically "someday, from somewhere, a statesman will come ..." Surely, there's something we, the people, could do to make sure statesmen arise? If there is, he doesn't give us any hints.
I hope Coyle updates this book for the 2016 campaign - fixing the formatting, eliminating redundancies, clarifying issues that have changed in the intervening four years ... and giving a more comprehensive solution than "a hero will rise." I would look forward to reading such an improved and updated version. As it is, the current one is a good start, but ultimately unsatisfying.