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An Exceptional Book from an Exceptional Leader
on June 15, 2011
It has become tradition for nearly all candidates to publish a book about "their vision" a year or so before the election. Some rise to the occasion, most are fluff, some are absolutely pathetic especially if you read them a year or two after the candidate is in office. This work stands out as a different kind of book. It is courageous, a demonstration of guts because Gingrich lays out a very clear agenda of the tough decisions that must be made now rather than hand us feel good stories. Rare indeed for a candidate to declare, in writing, what his goal is not on his first day in office, (and if it does not materialize "oh well, it was just a campaign promise anyhow,") but to present a document declaring, "this is where I plan for us to be my last day in office."
The book, is a rally cry as well that America is indeed an exceptional nation, in the best sense of that word exceptional. Gingrich, an historian with a Ph.D. long before he was a member of Congress presents a clear, concise understanding of American history, conveying the message that if we are to chart a better future, we first must understand our past and how we arrived where we are now. Gingrich presents us with a fundamental question and analysis. Historians can never argue with the fact that the 20th century was indeed "the American Century," but the challenge Gingrich presents in this book is how to insure that our grandchildren can some day say that the 21st century was "The American Century" as well. This is not a candidate thinking just a few months ahead to winning a nomination, this is a man, with a sense of history, who is asking to look generations ahead and insure that our grandchildren have an America that is secure, prosperous and still a global leader. To insure that we as a nation are going to have to make some very tough, painful decisions now and not a decade hence. Gingrich has the guts to "tell it like it is." That is vision, and that is a rare thing to find today. . . But you will find it in this book and this man.
To be fair and up front, some of you reading this might recognize my name. Yes, I've co authored several books about history with Newt. And I must add here a sharp clarification. At least one reviewer on this site has made scurrilous implications about Newt's involvement in our novels. Newt truly is a co-author in every sense of the word and I am proud to work with him.
In closing I have tried to be balanced in the review of this book, transcending personal involvement and friendship. If I honestly did not see this work as one of the finest "campaign books" ever, a book I urge every voter to read, I would simply have remained silent. Even if you do not support Newt's efforts read the book anyhow to glean a wealth of information, ideas, and questions you should be asking all candidates a year from now. Whomever sits in the Oval Office on Jan. 21, 2013, this time they must be there because of their ability, intellect, understanding of the uniqueness of our country, and with the guts to make hard choices in the tradition of Lincoln and FDR, rather than a president elected with vague impossible "feel good" promises. It is time for a revolution in how we select our president, to return to the real issues, which are. . .THE ISSUES, rather than a popularity contest as trivial and absurd as American Idol.