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A Contract with the Earth Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2008
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a rather odd book to review. On the one hand former Speaker Newt Gingrich teams up with the CEO of the Palm Beach Zoo to argue for a "Contract with the Earth" in which all... Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by David J Kent
You will better understand the motivation of Newt Gingrich to write this book if you do a search for "Churches Duped by Green Extremists" by Henry Lamb.Published on May 18, 2011 by Milton Cragg
Reading "Contract with the Earth" was a pleasant surprise. I've read a few of Newt's books before. They are all bursting with ideas, but written matter-of-factly and without much... Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Erik Eisel
This was a refreshing and insightful book from a political figure with a bipartisan message for us all to appreciate. Read morePublished on November 17, 2008 by Paul M. Murphy
This is an interesting look at merging American conservative values with environmentalism. Using the concept of the Contract with America that ironically failed to have any of it... Read morePublished on November 15, 2008 by Harriet Klausner
A lot of rehash of old ideas and trite science. I was disappointed, especially since i have been a big fan of Newt's philosophies and politics.Published on April 18, 2008 by Arthur E. Lamontagne
The basic theme of conservation and recycling is valid. But the presumption that man made Carbon Loading a primary cause of Global climate change is a concern. Read morePublished on March 9, 2008 by James price
I have great respect for the intellect of Newt Gingrich - his take on "global warming" is interesting if for no other reason it suggests that a public/private partnership will... Read morePublished on February 24, 2008 by David S. Rhodes