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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (October 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670032603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670032600
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Before Kerry lays out his positions on everything from education reform to health care, foreign policy and civil liberties, he discusses his candidacy in the context of his calling to public service, hitting on the themes of finding common ground and restoring America's promise. Kerry's belief in service strongly shapes the campaign platform, as in his suggestion that community service should become a requirement for high school graduation. The Massachusetts senator's biography is conspicuously muted, serving as "background music to the main theme of my life right now." Thus, you won't learn why Kerry enlisted to serve in Vietnam or why he later opposed the war. On the other hand, his military experience clearly influences his anger over the Bush administration's reduction of veteran's benefits in the midst of war: he charges that the president "does not understand his duty toward the troops." He's also moved by the need to wean ourselves from "the wrong energy sources controlled by the wrong people," a principle that influences not just his environmental views but his attacks on corporate subsidies and, perhaps, his goal of elevating Middle Eastern economies through trade in products other than petroleum. Should he secure the nomination, Kerry promises to run on a platform of ideas. This book shows that he has a lot of them to offer.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

John Kerry is now in his fourth term as U.S. senator from Massachusetts. In 1997 he wrote, The New War, a book on the fight against global crime and terrorism.

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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Far be it for me to evaluate the ideas of a presidential candidate. I do have opinions about how well Senator Kerry communicated the ideas in the book. It seems to me that he did an average job for a politician.
It is important that political candidates write books. Television loves "sound bites" which are too short to express a whole idea that is more complicated than "love your Mom." Advertising is usually full of mud slinging and labels rather than details. Debates are all about accusations.
In case you do not read the book, here is a summary of the ideas presented in the book:
1. International action by the United States should be done in concert with the international community, involving established organizations like the United Nations and the IMF. So we should not have gone to war with Iraq until an international consensus had been built.
2. President Bush has done a good job of leading the military into action, but has not balanced that leadership with diplomacy and international cooperation to make our positions as strong as possible.
3. Nations like France, Russia and Germany need to be more cooperative in dealing with international problems.
4. The United States needs to become a model of the benefits and superiority of proper behavior in a democracy.
5. Domestic economic policy should shift from tax cuts on unearned income for the rich to developing jobs through tax incentives to create new jobs, new technology to expand domestic employment, a higher minimum wage, and better education for all Americans.
6. Schools need to be improved by funding "No Child Left Behind" and structural changes in public schools to make them more effective.
7. The U.S.
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70 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Traci Martinez on October 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For those of you who don't already know John Kerry, this is a great way to learn what makes him tick and what he finds important. Unlike the sound bites we usually hear in the media, this book actually details Kerry's well-thought out and progressive solutions to many of Americas's problems. The topics range from foreign policy and domestic issues to the environment and veteran affairs. You'll walk away from this book with a much clearer sense of the man and his vision for our country, as well as a profound respect for this dedicated and courageous public servant. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to make an informed decision about a presidential candidate.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A. Worden on October 27, 2003
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This book will not only help you to get to know Senator John Kerry, it will make you feel good again about America! It is serious stuff, but it is not technical, tedious reading. There are quotes from heavy weights in the history of our country like Abraham Lincoln, yet in no way did I feel like I was reading a history book. I am buying ten more copies to give as gifts.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Adam Bernstein on March 4, 2004
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John Kerry's book A Call to Service is a basic overview of his plans to wrest our country from Bush Inc. He's got plans to help our environment, create jobs, a new clean fuel economy, and rejoin the community of Nations. Our country and world will again be safe when President Kerry is sworn in on Jan. 20th, 2005. We've had so many disasters since Jan. 20, 2001 and it's time to get back on track with a man of intelligence, depth, progressive worldview, and get on the road to peace and prosperity.

The whole world is waiting for November to see whether we will have 4 more years of disasters or a new direction. It's a hard road until then and if Bush wants to make national security a campaign issue Kerry has 3 words he knows Bush understands: BRING IT ON!!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 2003
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A lot is written about what we're supposed to do for our country- but this man actually has done it. When he was my age, he not only had earned 3 Purple Hearts, but he had the guts to stand up to Congress. I can't imagine doing anything like this. And I would like someone like Kerry to be our President.
This book isn't preachy, and it's not overlong. I encourage you to check it out.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By merlin's mom on November 3, 2005
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Those who like John Kerry or voted for him will love his book. Those who wanted something to sink their teeth into will be disappointed. I was. His writing is verbose and prosaic, and I became impatient with his unrelenting stream of consciousness style. Kerry's views in this book lack intellectual rigor or pith and have a pedestrian, sophomoric appeal of the commonplace. It actually put me to sleep. After having read it, I still don't have any larger insight into Kerry's political philosophy and I have the impression that I was just supposed to get into a sort of feely John Kerry state of being. His title promised a vision but the result was more a glimmer. I bought this book in an overseas bookstore at more than it's cover price and wish I could send it back to him for a return on my money.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Branen on March 8, 2004
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John Kerry will bring honor and integrity back to the White House. He is a man of courage and will be a President for all Americans. George W. Bush is a failure and he has jeopardized this nation's future. We need John Kerry to get us back on course.
This book is a great introduction to what John Kerry stands for as a man and what he will do when he becomes President.
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