From Publishers Weekly
Harvard Business School professor Kanter (Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
) offers a sweeping prescription for restoring American ideals in this scattered book. Her six-point agenda for American leaders and the public includes nurturing innovation, promoting a work-family balance, encouraging corporations that respect transparency and the social good, promoting leadership in the public sector and respect for government, engaging the rest of the world and restoring our sense of community. When the author supports her analysis with clear and substantial examples, such as an early description of an effort to promote team-based, technology-enabled education in a New Jersey middle school, she makes a compelling case. However, the book often moves from anecdote to generalization with thin supporting evidence-in a few short pages, Kanter decries the way the Internet can undermine relationship skills without fully elaborating her point or considering the potential community-building benefits of online interaction. The author draws persuasively on her immense experience, especially in chapters about work life and corporate management, but the book frequently reads like a pep talk for the like-minded. (Oct. 30)
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“This fine book is both optimistic and realistic. It makes two important points: America is still capable of constant renewal and world leadership. To do that, we need innovative, competent, principled leadership in government, business, and civil society. Then she tells us how to do it!”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter is not only a Harvard professor with a capacious mind, she is also a leader with a noble heart. Here she brings both to bear in thinking through our current troubles as a people and how to fix them. America the Principled
is brimming with smart ideas and every presidential candidate should read this book If we did only half of them, the country would get back on a winning streak - and be a lot happier, too!"
—David Gergen, editor-at-large, U.S. News & World Report and White House counselor to four U.S. presidents
"MUST READING for any current and future presidential candidates (and their consultants), and for the rest of us concerned about the possibilities and promises of our country's future. Kanter combines tough analytical skills with practical strategic steps to create a better, more decent world."
—Warren Bennis University Professor, University of Southern California, and author of On Becoming a Leader
“A book of heart, soul, and substance, brimming with practical ideas for restoring the idea and practice of community. It’s a powerful palliative for America the Disconnected.”
—Arianna Huffington, founder and editor, HuffingtonPost.com
“Rosabeth Moss Kanter urges America to restore itself by investing in its own people, retreating from right-wing fundamentalist ideologies, and returning to open-society principles. A must-read for anyone seeking an optimistic response to our troubled times.” —Norman Pearlstine, senior adviser, Carlyle Group; former editor-in-chief, Time Inc.; and former managing editor, The Wall Street Journal
“This is the business version of The Little Engine That Could
. Dr. Kanter never gives up—here is her positive, optimistic strategy for America. I loved this book.” —Donna E. Shalala, president, University of Miami, and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
“A timely and timeless book on innovative leadership in America . . . A powerful and compelling analysis . . . America the Principled
is a tour de force and a must-read for corporate America, government officials, and everyday citizens.”—Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Harvard Law School professor, and director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice
“Brilliant and inspiring ideas that will help get America moving in the right direction. This lively, must-read book offers fresh, clear thinking about how we can recapture American traditions of openness and opportunity.”—Cathie Black, president, Hearst Magazines, and author of Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life)
“Kanter’s pep talk to America is brimming with optimism at a time of so much pessimism. Restoring American confidence will not be easy, but Kanter provides a road map to success.” —Alan Dershowitz, author of Blasphemy: How the Religious Right Is Hijacking the Declaration of Independence