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Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country Hardcover – March 17, 2009
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It seems a lot of folks are calling for "Fireside Chats" these days, including NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who wants President Obama to level with the people over how tough the road ahead will be, but primarily to rally them behind the Secretary of the Treasury Geithner's Bailout II; others have called the President's recent appearance on the Jay Leno show a modern day "video" equivalent of the FDR original radio broadcasts, but this writer believes it is Bill Greider who has delivered a real Fireside Chat to the nation with his new book Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of our Country (Rodale).
To be a genuine Fireside Chat, whatever the format, success is a matter of both tone and content: a conversational, over-the-fence tone, and serious, society-shaking subject matter. Greider has done justice, and then some, to both aspects. His opening chapter, "Fair Warning," is nearly pitch perfect in putting the reader at ease that the matters which follow, grave as they are, will be understandable. And he's tough, but fair, on the nation's political leaders: "I have some hard things to say about our country.Read more ›
I was very surprised to read in this book that Mr. Greider was a product of a Republican upbringing. He states that if his back was put to the wall he would choose Democrat over Republican. I don't have to have my back to the wall to make the same choice - yet I find myself often as critical of both sides as Mr. Greider.
I think Mr. Greider has come to the age where he feels any beating around the bush to be a waste of his valuable time. In this book he is very open with regards to his motivation, his goals and his dreams for America.
He has covered the Washington political scene and found our elected representatives less than inspiring. He has covered lobbying and the moneyed interests and their hold on our system. He has written an exhausting book on the Federal Reserve. He has been hired to speak to bankers by the bankers. He has been warning of this economic and financial disaster for years. He has challenged the top economists on their principles - especially Free Trade and the Global economy. He has found little hope anywhere in the established system but yet he remains strong to his commitment to a personal optimism.Read more ›
It seems to me that there are really two books here, "The Rise and Fall of our Country" a well documented and succinct document of the way things are and "The Redeeming Promise of America" a hopeful treatise about how things might be . . . if only they were different. The first book details the long standing collusion between monied interests (multinational Corporations and Wall Street firms) and National politics (The two major parties)and how they have conspired for greed and power against the greater National good. This unholy alliance has substantially weakened our democracy and literally threatens to destroy America under an avalanche of debt and indebtedness to foreign interests. The pursuit of oil by Corporate behemoths has led this country down a path of constant global conflict which other behemoths are more than happy to exploit by supplying the hardware and related "services" to accommodate this "necessary" expansion of military power. Criticism has been effectively stymied by the unholy alliance as unpatriotic even as all the evidence leads to the opposite conclusion.Read more ›
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I gained knowledge, which after all is the main reason that we read. It made me wish I had taken more economic classes in college..Published on November 8, 2013 by Arthur C. Schrieber
I have owned Greider books before but this is the first Greider book that
I have read cover to cover. Read more
William Greider makes an effective case, based on years of experience and careful analysis, that the U.S. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by tam5cd
In short: unbearably redundant and its solutions grossly simplistic.
Mr. Greider grew up in the same generation as my father. Read more
Noted commentator William Greider shows how the USA's "democracy is broken." He points out, "we have two parties representing capital. Read morePublished on September 28, 2010 by William Podmore
Mr. Greider does a meticulous job of educating the reader into a state of necessary depressive awareness, concerning the despicable details of the"whys and hows" of why the United... Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by H. Ivan Hentschel
'Come Home, America' refers to fixing our own society instead of trying to run the world, says author Greider. His purpose is to motivate readers to become active citizens. Read morePublished on July 3, 2010 by Loyd Eskildson
Excellent, although overly optimistic in his solutions to the dire state of our corporatocracy. His solutions require that citizens become much more open minded and knowledgeable... Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by rack em up
I just finished reading William Grieder's "Come Home America (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country." So engaging, the book kept me up most of the night. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by Citizen Paine