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America's Promise Restored: Preventing Culture, Crusade, and Partisanship from Wrecking Our Nation Hardcover – May 3, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf (May 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786717580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786717583
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,395,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former naval officer, Ullman is afraid that bureaucracy, rampant partisanship and a crusading foreign policy have rendered the United States government completely dysfunctional. He also worries that the rise of al-Qaeda and other organizations run by "Jihadist Extremists" constitutes a threat to the United States on par with that once posed by Nazi Germany. As a result, he says, "the United States may be in the gravest danger... since the Civil War." Taking aim at special interest groups, both political parties, the Bush administration and even the Constitution itself, Ullman worries that the American system of government might not be able to adapt to today's mounting challenges. This is an ambitious contention, and one the book doesn't support very well. While providing solid historical background for the "War on Terrorism" and other major foreign policy issues, the book's sprawling structure occasionally dilutes the force of its arguments. However, the author does propose some governmental reforms that might appeal to public policy buffs. The most novel of these is a call for mandatory universal voting, in the belief that higher voter participation will lead to greater government accountability. (July)
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About the Author

Harlan K. Ullman, Ph.D., is a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a prominent Washington, DC, think tank, and a senior fellow at the Center for Naval Analyses. He is a columnist for the WASHINGTON TIMES and a commentator on Fox News, the BBC, and Al Jazeera. His military background includes skippering swift boats during the Vietnam War and commanding a destroyer in the Persian Gulf. He is the author of OWLS AND EAGLES: ENDING THE FOREIGN POLICY FLIGHT OF FANCY OF HAWKS, DOVES, AND NEO-CONS; FINISHING BUSINESS: TEN STEPS TO DEFEAT GLOBAL TERROR; and UNFINISHED BUSINESS: AFGHANISTAN, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND BEYOND—DEFUSING THE DANGERS THAT THREATEN AMERICA'S SECURITY. Ullman is credited with being the principal architect of the "shock and awe" doctrine that was adopted by the Pentagon. He lives in Washington, DC.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wade R. Sanders on August 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wade R. Sanders, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy: In Dr. Ullman's view government is broken and, unless it is fixed, we face a dismal future. While addressing the damage being rendered to our country by extremist partisan politics, Dr. Ullman once again demonstrates his willingness to enter arenas rife with highly complex and emotional issues and his ability to effectively address same. While defending the necessity and value of vigorous debate and differing points of view, he adroitly examines the damage being done to our society when personal agendas trump common sense in matters of profound importance to the survival of our democracy. He correctly characterizes this steady deterioration of effective governance as a major national security threat: perhaps the greatest we have faced in our nation's history. While our elected officials bicker and carp, critical domestic and global issues impacting our daily lives remain unresolved. In essence, Ullman is calling for an energizing of the electorate through mandatory voting, and for the politicians they elect to put the common good above re-election. No pollyanna, he understands that a total reconciliation of the political and personal agendas of our elected and appointed officials is beyond reality. However, he does provide a path to better government, a government where substance holds sway over venomous rhetoric.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Rubie Literary Agency on May 24, 2006
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"I have been a devoted student of Harlan Ullman for thirty years. In his new book he continues to nudge, teach and motivate. Ullman portrays an America that he believes is adrift in a destructive sea of culture, crusade and and partisanship that has crippled our government and is sapping our national strength. After analyzing these poblems in a very incisive way, he proposes six big ideas, quite different and provacative than the usual nostrums offered offered up. You may not agree with them all, but they will certainly callenge you and get you thinking. This book is an important contribution to a needed national debate."

-Colin Powell

"Harlan Ullman's service to our country extends from command of a Swift Boat in Vietnam to command of a destroyer in the Persian Gulf and continues today in his tough love love and provacative words for a debate in need of a shakeup. Harlan speaks from his gut about the country he loves, and Washington listens."

-U.S. Senator John Kerry

"America's Promise Restored is a brave and bold challenge...this book should stimulate further debate on the critical issues of our time."

-Frank C. Carlucci, former Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, and Chairman Emeritus of the Carlyle Group
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Dr. Ullman's book, America's Promise Restored, is the kind of book that gives you the honest truth of America's political dilemma while providing clear and concise recommendations.

As someone from generation X, I believe that Dr. Ullman's book gives the younger generations in America something to consider. The book clearly provides a historical context on how America arrived at this point but unlike many other books, it supplies the reader with viable solutions to prevent the issues of "culture, crusade, and partisanship from wrecking our nation".

I have found this book to be highly readable and well thought out. As an educator, this book has been very useful as a resource inside and out of the classroom.
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