From Publishers Weekly
In this book-length letter to the next president, Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) draws on his 56 years of experience in Congress to offer advice, admonition and encouragement. With frequent references to past presidents, especially his personal favorite, Harry Truman, Byrd claims that his passion for the Constitution is only rivaled by his love for his wife. He presents a readable, if slight, survey of past presidencies and a scathing evaluation of the greatest crisis in the nation's history brought about by the failings of the Bush administration: the buildup to the war in Iraq and the president's bungled handling of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Chapter headings such as Bring Back the Fireside Chat and scads of references to Emerson, Jefferson and Thoreau provide a rich philosophical context to Byrd's political thought, even as much of his advice feels familiar and anodyne: Build Your Presidency Around Accountability. The book's detailed analysis of the great power and responsibility of the executive branch is timely, and prospective presidents and concerned citizens would be well-advised to read Byrd's book. (July)
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Known as a scholar and orator, Byrd delivers homespun wisdom in Letter to the New President. He quotes philosophers, poets, and Founding Fathers in equal measure, championing values that may seem old-fashioned but are, he argues, needed more than ever.” —Associated Press
“The book’s detailed analysis of the great power and responsibility of the executive branch is timely, and prospective presidents and concerned citizens would be well advised to read Byrd’s book.” —Publishers Weekly
“At ninety years of age, after nine terms as Democratic senator from West Virginia under eleven presidents, Byrd offers a long view of the best and worst impulses of those who have served as president.” —Booklist
“Senator Byrd draws on a lifetime of experience to offer a guiding hand to our country’s next Commander in Chief. His unfailing faith in God and country provides an example of the best we should hope to find in our leaders as well as any of our fellow citizens.” ---President Jimmy Carter