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- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: November 8, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0064JG172
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Clinton compares our current situation with that of other developed countries, virtually all of which are able to achieve a workable synthesis of government and business. The United States, for example, is the only industrialized nation with a complete inability to leverage smart government in a way that offers some control over escalating health care costs. The result is diminshed confidence in our future solvency, and the discouraging reality that nations significantly less wealthy than the United States are able to provide far better social safety nets for their citizens.
Clinton also shows that today's political disfunction and idealogical gridlock is NOT characteristic of America's history. The book lists a number of Republican presidents -- including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower -- who believed that government was an essential tool for the public welfare and made substantial investments in infrastruture and other areas.Read more ›
His heartfelt belief in America comes through again and again. He says, "I do believe in American exceptionalism. My life has been graced by it," (pg 113) and "I don't know how this will turn out. I just know that for more than two hundred years, everyone who's bet against the United States has lost." (pg 192)
He has a low opinion of antigovernment ideology and says, "There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy." (pg 118)
A brief survey of what is in this book:
Part I "Where We Are" includes; Chapters 1-3 (pgs 1-54) "Why we need government" (a philosophical discussion as well as historical review) and the antigovernment movement, Chapter 4 "Debt" and Chapter 5 "Competition" (total, 116 pgs)
Part II "What Can We Do" includes; Chapter 6 "How do we get back in the future business" (pg 117-188) Pages 122-185 include a 48 point list and description of how each point might benefit America.
I tend to avoid political books, but this isn't an ideological book; it reminds me a bit of Thomas Friedman's best book "The World is Flat" in the references to multiple examples of other businesses and countries, but this book is all about making America succeed into the future.Read more ›
Unfortunately, I am not sure that our polarized politicians are open to common sense solutions. How I wish that we were back in the 90's, and not just because the economy was better. Politicians were actually interested in the long-term policy of the US instead of bickering.
As a moderate voter, it was refreshing to read a little bit of common sense and honest and clear explanations of economic policy matters. Highly recommended and easy to read!
"I wrote this book because I love my country and I'm concerned about our future. ... It's heartbreaking to see so many people trapped in a web of enforced idleness, deep debt, and gnawing self-doubt... We have to change that. ...I do believe in American exceptionalism.... We've got to get America back in the future business. ... And we can." --Bill Clinton
Under President WJ Clinton's leadership, the United States enjoyed strong economic growth, and the longest economic expansion in our history. His policies of community building, through creating opportunity resulted in progress never enjoyed before by America. His credentials for this timely book include the creation of 22 million jobs, moving the nation from record deficits to record surplus; the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in US history. After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation, bringing together world leaders to create and implement new solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. The Clinton Global Initiative's mission is to strengthen capabilities of the United States and peoples all around the globe to meet the challenges of the future.
Bill Clinton addresses an articulate, hands on plan for economic re-vitalization, for readers of his new book. His core message, is the need to put Americans back to work. His manifesto, in a slim volume packed with recipes and ideas on how to fix America's broken job apparatus, is put together by a former president, who knows he cannot run for the top job anymore! Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book written by one of the best. You will really like this fun an interesting read by Clinton. He has a way with words to make things easy but get the point actoss well.Published 7 months ago by Shan
This book has some great ideas and a different point of view. However purchase this book only if you have time to waste as it's all wishful political thinking that the majority... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dereck C.
In a very concise and clear fashion, former president Clinton gave those who would listen amazingly practical suggestions as to how to unlock the money and bring back the economic... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Xiaguang Storey
We still need smart government and honest recollections of individual achievement.Published 10 months ago by lpvl
A well thought out and reasoned argument for smart government even if it is chock full of self-congratulation.Published 13 months ago by Regina M. Cassady
disappointed. Thought would be less political. Should have known better. I thought he would have more insight to share.Published 14 months ago by Some thoughts
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