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Product Details

  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452289920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452289925
  • ASIN: B001RNI39Y
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,697,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Efforts to cleanse the world's air and water and to put a brake on calamitous climate change aren't exclusive to one political philosophy, Gingrich and Maple argue in this probusiness call for proenvironment action by politicians, corporations and individual Americans. Though the title echoes Gingrich's hard-right 1994 Contract with America, this more conciliatory contract reflects the former academic's penchant for bullet-point sloganeering, with its ten commitments call for politicians to abandon adversarial politics and for businessmen and conservationists to form compatible partnerships. The authors alternately brand their approach mainstream and entrepreneurial environmentalism—mainstream because it rejects alarmist projections based on what they perceive as activist science and hysterical journalism, and entrepreneurial because they reject the notion that free enterprise and a cleaner world are opposing forces. The authors' concern about the future of the Earth is certainly sincere, but their prescription for action breaks shallow ground. (Nov.)
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“[A] manifesto challenging conservatives not just to grudgingly accept, but to embrace, the idea that a healthy environment is necessary for a healthy democracy and economy.”
The New York Times

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I just read and reread this book.
Mary A. Winchell
This was a refreshing and insightful book from a political figure with a bipartisan message for us all to appreciate.
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Unfortunately, this was not the case.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gene Taft on October 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Whether you believe we've made tremendous progress in preserving our environment or believe we've made little progress, everyone should agree that there is still a lot more work to be done.

It's refreshing to hear new ideas, fresh ideas from such a familiar figure and such a strong voice for change.

A Contract with the Earth is all about the intersection of business and science.

After all, where would we be today if not for business and science pioneers like the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison? Although few and far between, entrepreneurs such as those men, and leaders like John F. Kennedy and his 1961 goal to go to the moon within a decade are the reasons that we live in the greatest country in the world. We are innovators. We are doers!

I ask all of you out there to reserve judgment on this book until you've read it, and reread it. After hearing another side of the debate, then, and only then can we intelligently enter into a discussion about the solutions to the obvious environmental dilemmas that face America and the World.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Matheson on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gingrich and Maple have created a well thought out bipartisan plan to "save the earth" from exploitation by people who, knowingly or unknowingly are in the process of destroying the environment. Historically Dr. Terry Maple dragged Zoo Atlanta from the abyss and created one of the finest exhibits in the world. Dr. Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House and college professor has a vivid imagination for change (real change) and shows his adroit imagination in this work. These men offer many solutions from problems with animal waste to saving plants and animals for future generations to enjoy. I read the book and also listened to an audiobook version. Both are very enjoyable-I urge people of all ages to enjoy this very timely work. Douglas W. Matheson Professor Emeritus University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Winchell on January 18, 2008
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I just read and reread this book. I'm so tired of the gloom and doom meisters, I'm really happy to have found something that is POSITIVE, and explains exactly how to achieve Sustainability. There is much to do in this realm, but they have many examples of what is being done, and other examples of what each of us can do if we want to get involved.
The only thing I would have done better would be to have the examples better documented, so the direct sources of the information could be accessed more easily.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eros Faust on January 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really like Newt.

I think Newt Gingrich is one of the most important political philosophers of our time. From the Conservative Opportunity Society to the Contract for America, he's been on the cutting edge. My complaint with this book is that while his heart is in the right place, the book is short on details, and the devil is always in the details.

Global warming/climate change is a real threat. It's caused by human activity. I've run the numbers, and it can't be significantly slowed, and certainly can't be reversed, without nuclear energy. That having been said, the word "nuclear" only appears in the book once.

Without nuclear energy, and because nuclear probably can't be brought on line soon enough to make a real difference, drastic changes in the American way of life will be necessary to slow down the process of global warming---smaller houses, fewer trips by airplanes, higher thermostats in the summer, lower in the winter. However, Newt and Terry never address these topics.

The placebos, compact florescent lights bulbs, bio-fuels, and others, which make us feel like we are contributing, but which actually deter us from taking effective action, are as close as we get to details.

I left the book feeling empty. Like Rodney King, Newt and Terry tell us "can't we all just get along" but don't give any real guidance about where we are going.

I'm a little disappointed. I still love Newt, but this isn't my favorite Next book.

The Devil is in the Details, and the details have been left out.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Orie Fossan on December 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Excellent package I gave one as a gift and have listened to my own twice already. This should be listened to by all people who really want to learn what we really need to do about our mother Earth
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marc Riese on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book starts with a laudable call for open-mindedness and for a middle ground of cooperation between Conservatives and Liberals, as the terms are understood in contemporary US politics. However, throughout the book this goal is severely compromised and the book ends with some close-minded, idealogical generalisations. Cooperation and problem-solving simply cannot take place if people allow their idealogies to exclude compromise. The book does offer some good ideas and is exceptional for several reasons: (1) it was apparently intended for Republicans as a positioning paper before the 2008 US election and subsequently extended with an epilogue; (2) Newt Gingrich is a well-known senior Republican; and (3) America is facing fundamentally important environmental problems in an age of radical political polarisation. The authors write: "Currently, liberal politicians operate as if they own the [environmental] issue; in their reaction, conservatives appear to disdain it. As the media overreacts to information and generates sensational headlines, mainstream American tunes out.... we are prone to... learned helplessness. We cope by doing nothing to change the situation [...and...] the problem only deepens." Environmental problems can be addressed by the "silent majority" in America through green conservatism, "a positive, entrepreneurial, market-based, solutions-oriented, mainstream environmental movement conducive to a pragmatic, nonpartisan public policy." But such a movement is in no way uniquely conservative, unless conservatism is defined as everything to the right of socialism. Who on earth is against solutions-oriented policy?Read more ›
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