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America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers Hardcover – March 25, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061436968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061436963
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,716,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well-reasoned and timely . . . His approach should be required reading for anyone who cares about the diminishing ability of our elected officials to seek common ground and people everywhere interested in an inspirational American life. (Alan Greenspan )

This forthright and surprisingly blunt book... details his public life as a United States senator and gives him an opportunity to ask some tough questions, and to make some tough judgments. Hagel has made his mark in the U.S. Senate by being his own man, a man above partisanship. (Journal Star Review )

Chuck Hagel is a leader and passionate advocate of dialogue and multilateral engagement, and his book describes in clear terms why the world needs enlightened American leadership. His vivid examination of American politics provides a rationale for future policy. (Kofi A. Annan )

America The Next Chapter is a powerful combination of personal reminiscence and public policy prescription. Hagel is an authentic and courageous voice --a principled Republican

About the Author

Chuck Hagel, Nebraska's senior senator, is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate. His duties include membership on four senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Intelligence; and Rules. Hagel and his brother Tom served side by side in Vietnam in 1968 as infantry squad leaders with the U.S. Army's 9th Infantry Division. He earned many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts. A fourth-generation Nebraskan, Senator Hagel is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have two children.

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I hope the next president will offer him a cabinet position as either Secretary of Defense or State.
Sadly these are troubling times for us and our nation and people who will suffer the most arent doing their homework and getting the facts.
Senator Chuck Hagel can hardly be matched in his sense of U.S. needs, our problems and explanation of the way toward a better future.
Ernest R. Saucier

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Hussain Abdul-Hussain on June 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is a Vietnam War veteran and successful entrepreneur who made his first business trip to China in 1984 and hit the jackpot. Since then, his investments in China made of him a millionaire. In 1996, he was elected to the Senate and in 2007 he announced his retirement as Senator effective 2008. During his two term tenure, Hagel served on several committees, including the Foreign Relations Committee. Through his service and his congressional trips to different capitals and meetings with different leaders, Hagel has certainly gained immense experience in foreign policy.
In this book, Hagel expresses his opposition to the Iraq War, even though he voted in its favor in October 2002. After an extensive description of the War in Iraq and the errors this administration committed there, Hagel's book focuses on three foreign policy areas namely the Middle East, Iran and China.
On the Middle East, Hagel writes that reaching Arab-Israeli peace is overdue. He said the fact that late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat had turned down former Israeli PM Ehud Barrack's offer, which granted Palestinians 95 percent of their demands, in Camp David in 2000, puzzled him. To learn the truth, Hagel took a trip to Damascus and met late President Hafez Assad, who told him that Arafat had no authority to sign peace on behalf of all the Arabs. So to Hagel, Arafat could never deliver. But what this experienced Senator missed is that Assad was Arafat's nemesis, and while Arafat enjoyed the support of the rest of the Arab world, Assad was mostly isolated and enjoyed good relations with non-Arab Iran only.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Clinton Waltman on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a Nebraska resident I feel uniquely connected to Hagel's new book, which I read in almost one sitting. Hagel brings real "straight talk" - sometimes incendiary, sometimes compassionate, but always brillaint and thought provoking, to his vision for America.

Although he is embraced by democrats and reviled by the Rush Limbaughs of the world, it is important to remember that the retiring Senator is who he is: a man of largely consistent, conservative values - not of a neoconservative, often self-contradicting ideology.

He has been vilified by the likes of Cheney for his outspoken attitude toward the Iraq disaster, but in actuality is closer to the Republican and Reagan ideal of keeping a strong America - both militarily and economically- and retaining its position of the leader of the free world. These thoughts echo throughout his book.

Those who know intimately know Chuck know that he is actually quite shy and soft-spoken, contrary to the media's portrayal of him, and that his harsh words come not from an outspokeness but from deep-rooted convictions and the pressure he feels to do the right thing.

Although he appears to many to be "basicallly a democrat" - in many cases, as in those of my peers, I find he persuades just as many democrats to become independents or Republicans in the Reagan tradition - which is quite contrary to the Bush era.

The Bush administration has been concerned with its place in history. I feel like this book will be a marker of a man who dared to speak the truth in a time plagued with remarkable deceit on the account of the government. While he is unpopular in much of the U.S. Republican constituency, historians will give him credit for years to come as one of the greatest senators of the era - in much the same vein as Harry Truman. Give 'em Hell, Hagel.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Gage on March 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Senator Hagel is brilliant in his new book, America: Our Next Chapter. The Senator has an uncanny ability to discuss and explain the difficult challenges and issues of our time... both domestically and abroad. Senator Hagel is masterful in his ability to write, lay out and formulate the conclusions he comes to based on the unique story that is his life. His discussion on Iraq and American's standing in the world, drawing from his service as young man in the Vietnam War, is captivating and adds a much needed perspective to the current debate on America's international affairs. The Senator also has the most clear view of the partisan gridlock that Washington has become and artfully sums up the necessity to find common interests to solve the grave, imminent issues of entitlements, Social security, and an enormous national debt. A highly recommended read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry R. Bradley on April 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Senator Hagel offers a clear headed and candid assessment of where America stands today and where it needs to go, particularly on the international front. Readers may find his analysis jolting in comparison to the timidity of other officials, but those who know Hagel will find his remarks as standard.

In listening to an interview of author Stephen Covey recently, I noted Covey's assessment that those who come from an agrarian experience are more likely to face the reality of people and events. That fits with Hagel and his upbringing in Nebraska.

While many of Hagel's assessments parallel my own (Congress has failed in its responsibility to be a co-equal branch of government, the use of mercenaries in Iraq is unacceptable, we need a universal service program to instill interest in our duties as citizens) he stops short of making the hard recommendation that what we really need to accomplish those things is to go back to a lottery Draft (or to threaten President Bush with Impeachment).

Hagel also offers a blunt critique of the difficulties our political process is inflicting on the ability of government to function efficiently and confront the large scale problems of our nation. The Senator strongly hints that a revision of that political process is near with either the creation of a third party or the re-constitution of an existing party.

Would that more of our Federal elected officials operate with his perspective that his oath is to ". . .America, not to a President or a political party or a policy."

His absence from the Senate will be a loss from that organization, but I expect his presence in a new administration, regardless of which party gains the Presidency in 2008.

I strongly recommend his book for its unique insider perspectives and unflinching assessment of the reality of our circumstances.

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