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Lessons Learned the Hard Way Hardcover – 1998
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His personal journey through the classic struggle between the Pragmatic and the Romantic is filled with surprising frankness and great personal charm.
I loved the book, and would recommend it highly.
With remarkable clarity he illustrates the institutional obstacles to change which make American Democracy and its historical traditions such a fascinating and contradictory experience.
Mr. Gingerich presides over the Congress in a time of incredible societal change as nearly all working Americans move strongly into capital investments and technology is in the earliest stages of transforming the workplace from the last hundred years into the next hundred years.
While the fierce ideological struggles of the present time will be forgotten within ten years as America transforms itself, Mr. Gingerich's book with its engaging historical perspective over the intensely personal politics of the present time, will stand as great advice to those men and women on how to fight the battles which will determine the new rules, as information and its access shapes the coming struggles over economic and cultural life in the twenty first century.
Other recommended reading: Alone , Winston Churchill by William Manchester - also a great political biography set in an historical perspective. The book is much larger but contains many of the same lessons for visionary leaders in times of transistion.
I was wrong.
Although I have a better understanding now of the events surrounding Congress over the last several years, I found the litany of apoligies and excuses depressing. I miss the visionary Newt, and the last chapter, which describes Newt's "4 goals for our generation" felt like an afterthought.
All in all, I'm glad Newt wrote this book, and it should be required reading for all Republicans, but don't expect to put the book down feeling inspired 'cause it isn't going to happen. Newt: catharsis is good for the soul, but please start looking forward instead of backward.
he remains active as both a political analyst and consultant, and
he continues to write books on many topics--including historical fiction.
Yet it was his past experience as Speaker of the House of Representatives
that most interested me . . . so when I recently had the opportunity
to get hold of LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY--written and read
by the author back in 1998 when he was Speaker of the House
of Representatives--I jumped at the chance to hear what he had
to say about a variety of topics.
These were just some of the highlights:
* In the short run, the public can perhaps makes things difficult for you.
But in the long run, they are the best and most reliable judges for what
they really need.
* The earned income credit program has a 21% rate of error. There
are two problems with this. If teaches people to commit fraud. And
it points out the double standard of the IRS; i.e., you need to be
100% accurate, but they only need to be 80%.
* We should have one focused border agency.
* Any foreign government willing to take on the drug dealers should
get all our support.
* We should adopt a national goal that everybody should be able
to read and right by the end of Grade 1.
And there was this one recommendation that I wholeheartedly support:
* I believe we should set the peace-time level for taxes at all levels
of government at 25%.
What I particularly liked about LESSONS LEARNED was how Gingrich
took on both Republicans and Democrats in his criticism of the
workings of government . . . in addition, he just didn't criticize
what's wrong; he made suggestions for improving the system.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a library book that I checked out. I was surprised by some of the things I read. I'm as critical as the next conservative on how the Republicans have turned their backs on... Read morePublished on June 14, 2009 by Mith
For insight into Gingrich, one should skip this book and instead read his extensive set of Amazon reviews. Yes -- Newt Gingrich writes lots of reviews on Amazon! Read morePublished on July 2, 2002 by Ken Broomfield
Newt who? Is he still around? Put a fork in him...he's done.Published on March 12, 2002 by Keith Breitbach
Like many liberals, I had little time for the Gingrich revolution and was convinced it would wreck America. Read morePublished on July 22, 2000 by Robin Orlowski
Newt Gingrich claims to formulate much of his political philosophy based upon what he read in the book "Chimpanzee Politics. Read morePublished on September 19, 1999
Before you get caught up with Newt's rhetoric, get Susan Molinari's book Representative Mom and read the chapter on Newt.Published on May 12, 1998