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A Time for Truth Hardcover – January 1, 1978


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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Press (1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070573786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070573789
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #909,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lee on March 2, 2006
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First of all, I must issue a disclaimer that I have belonged and do belong to the group of people who identify themselves as 'liberals'. I must also say that although I disagree with most of Simon's overall general observations about liberalism itself, I do agree with some of his observations of liberals in particular. However, mostly I admire the late William Simon himself, and this conservative treatise as being sincerely candid and indeed, prophetic. (Also, Edith Efron, Simon's ghostwriter, must be credited with the book's elegant cadence.)

In fact, I recommend shaking off some of the dust from the pages of this old, yellowed paperback especially to Republicans who today, in the estimation of this reviewer, have lost touch with the conservative heritage of their party. In short, I write this review as much paying homage as a member of Simon's loyal opposition.

Although in 'A Time For Truth', copyrighted 1978, Simon clearly displayed his partisan credentials, he also left no illusion that if Republicans were ever to take control of the government, they may very well create in their own image the very centralized absolutist state which Simon believed had been established by the Democrats of his era.

Simon greatly feared seemingly "uncontrollable" spending and national debt. He regarded deficit spending on his own watch during the Nixon administration as an experiment gone horribly wrong, from which he learned a profound lesson. As Nixon's Secretary of Treasury, he actually took responsibility (the forgotten virtue of conservatives) for the government's failed energy policies, which are ironically usually attributed to Carter, who actually inherited the crisis.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "ontherocks@mediaone.net" on June 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A must-read for anyone concerned not just about our country's economic future, but about personal freedom as well. Easy to read, trenchant, and incisive. William E. Simon comes across as one of our nation's greatest (and most overlooked) thinkers.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on March 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When you begin reading this book it turns into an interesting
read. The book is authored by William Simon who served as the
Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Simon relates to you his beliefs and philosphies about the free market system.Simon had done well with this system
becoming mega wealthy.Simon attempts sucessfully to warn the
American peopleabout the unbreakable connection between economic
and political freedom.He warns that the expanding state is taking these freedoms away. A very interesting read by a very
wise man. Read this book. You will like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry on July 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Some books are so important that you wonder how they could be overlooked. Even though this is a personal account of Mr. Simon's tenure as US Treasury Secretary, and the country's first "energy czar", it is an even more compelling guide of the relationship between an out of control government and it citizens, energy policy, with a smattering of economics. Normally I would be skeptical about personal statements by people who have left office, but here we have thirty years to support everything he writes about. From the recession of the 70's, the energy embargo, New York's financial collapse he details his actions and recomendations at that time. He then shows what the government response was, and finally what the end results were. He then digresses with a philosophical evaluation, and prediction of what this all means. Milton Friedman calls this "a brilliant and passionate book by a brilliant and passionate man". I found it to be entertaining and eye opening. For anyone interested in politics or political philosophy, this book should be an essential read.
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Five stars is not enough. This book should be read in every high school class on civics, required for graduation and studied in college as a separate course, and be mandatory reading for everyone in Congress, working as a federal employee (especially all cabinent level positions), the judiciary and should be the basis for testing people for their qualification to become United States citizens--or to vote for that matter.
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By G. K. Malik on December 28, 2013
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It was on time and it met my expectations. It was hard bound and in good shape. I was pleased.
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