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Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470372303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470372302
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the irascible style of his on-air CNN soap box The Cafferty Files, veteran political reporter and talking head Cafferty (It's Getting Ugly Out There) delivers an uncompromising account of George W. Bush's presidency and the current state of affairs in the U.S., focusing on the invasion of Iraq and the insider deals between the Bush/Cheney administration and corporations like Exxon and Enron. Also scrutinized is Bush's lackadaisical attitude toward the growing threat of inner Afghanistan turmoil, the brittle relationship between the U.S. and China, and new class warfare in a cratering economy. Perhaps more importantly, Cafferty recaps the 2008 presidential election, addressing the strategies that lost McCain-Palin the presidency and the cascade of problems Obama has inherited. The stolid Cafferty even takes an occasional step back from politics to offer glimpses of his family and his own climb to success, a personal touch that should surprise Caffety's fans almost as much as his sincere belief in a coming turn for the better.
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In this take-no-prisoners survey of a nation in the grip of multiple crises, Cafferty turns his unflinching sights on what needs to go right in President Obama's first term. Putting his own signature stamp on Obama's campaign slogan, he tells the charismatic new leader that this is a time for "change we will believe in when we see it."

Cafferty applies his heat-seeking scrutiny to the hot-button issues that will top the 2009 agenda, including the continuing economic and energy crises, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, the global war on terror, and our broken immigration, education, and healthcare systems, as well as other issues of domestic and international instability. He cuts through the spin and the blame games to reveal the truth about how these disasters happened and what we should expect our new president to do about them. He also offers ways we can monitor whether the new administration is really turning things around or just settling into its own version of business as usual.

While Cafferty certainly pulls no punches when detailing the misdeeds of Bush, Paulson, and the usual Republican suspects, he is, as always, an equal-opportunity critic of the rich, powerful, and complacent in both parties. He goes after the Democratic Party (examining its fiercely contested primary campaign), Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, and causes beloved by liberals that he believes may threaten America's future.

One of Cafferty's most valuable skills is his ability to connect big-picture politics with the realities of day-to-day life for most Americans. Through moving stories of his experiences struggling to raise his own kids with values that seem to be disappearing in our culture, he brings seemingly abstract issues down to earth and reveals why they should matter to every citizen.

Jack Cafferty's distinctive combination of skepticism, patriotism, and caustic wit has long given voice to the fears and hopes of people from all around the country. In Now or Never, he joins the majority of Americans in offering President Obama his full support along with profound wishes for the new administration's success. On the other hand, should Obama be tempted at any point to emulate his predecessor's arrogance and try to hoodwink the great American middle class, he should remember: Jack Cafferty is watching.


More About the Author

Jack Cafferty is the author of the New York Times bestselling It's Getting Ugly Out There. Cafferty appears daily on CNN's popular The Situation Room,  where his "Cafferty File" segments are seen by 2 million viewers every afternoon. Prior to his current shows he appeared daily on CNN's American Morning.

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He hasn't done his homework.
Thomas W. Sulcer
For a news junkie like me (watching 3 news shows daily), I was enchanted with this book.
Liz Ellerbe
Funny, interesting and great reading.
Enrique 003 1/2

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. K. Roberts on April 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I like reading Cafferty on CNN. I enjoyed the Daily show with him on it. I'm a liberal of sorts, to be honest... so I should enjoy this book, right? Not really. I'm on chapter 8, and I'm about to give up on it. I read about 60 or so books a year, and I've only given up on a handful. That's bad.

The reason here is that... well, the book has no point. Cafferty's book aims at a crowd that has already heard all the issues he brings up. Nothing is new. Worst yet, it has all been said over and over. To be honest, it just drifts from one unconnected topic to another. I'm not sure why. He has one chapter, A Family is a Corporation, that goes on about his family life. Which would be fine, if this was a book about his family. But this is a book about America's problems, or so I thought. I'm sad to say, but I really think the book is just a collection of old emails he saved. If you like his previous work, I guess you'll like the style of this one, but if you're really interested in the social problems he brings up, I would go elsewhere.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Sulcer on April 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lovers of Jack Cafferty, the on-air host of CNN's "The Situation Room", will probably like this extended rant which is supplemented by frank and engaging discussion of his dysfunctional family life. Mr. Cafferty is a middle-class spokesperson of sorts, loudly non-partisan, angry. To his credit, he realizes there's a looming problem with America and he's ballsy enough to speak out about it. And the title of his book is correct as well -- America DOES face horrendous problems and had better act smart and fast.

But like most reporters, he doesn't know what to do. So his critique has no teeth. He doesn't fully understand what's wrong. He's correct to be angry. Yet I really can't fault him for his lack of knowledge because he hasn't had time to reflect, to think deeply, to understand history or political philosophy, to take a step back and see the larger picture. He's been too busy watching the news ticker. He's a mental prisoner to the thousands of images from TV news stories flashing by at light-speed through his mind that he's lost perspective on the underlying problems. His book should be a warning to people about the dangerous effects of watching too much television news -- it can impair mental function.

As a result, "Now or Never" is old news with a caustic attitude. It's like rewinding news headlines from the past eight years with Mr. Cafferty's caustic commentary inserted. Sometimes he quotes his own on-air exchanges with sources, but it's hard for readers to see why such exchanges are relevant. He's correct that former President Bush should have been impeached, and I applaud him for making this declaration; others have made similar statements.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By EnglishInWhat on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I was a fan of It's Getting Ugly Out There, and since I work for the publisher I was able to mooch a copy for myself. I expected it to be a direct and in-your-face rant about our current situation like the last book, and it certainly is. But it also offers some helpful analysis of what Cafferty thinks we should be doing to fix the myriad of problems facing our country right now. Interesting read for anyone concerned about where we're headed and whether or not the new government is putting us on the right track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enrique 003 1/2 on June 12, 2010
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This book was all that I expected and more. Funny, interesting and great reading. Cafferty is Great! Buy it and enjoy, political opinions and personal stories all in one. Great book.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Clark on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed reading Jack's first book and NOW OR NEVER picks up where that one left off. Kudos to Jack for continuing the charge and holding our leaders' feet to the fire. Fans of Jack will particularly like the part about China (chapter 4) and his take on China's ludicrous demand for a formal apology following his on-air comments during a story about the Olympic Torch run.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LC on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I work for the publisher and got my hands on an early copy. As you might guess from seeing him on CNN, Cafferty is bipartisan in his outrage and his determination to make America strong again. He pulls no punches in criticizing the screwups of a Democratic-controlled Congress, so disappointing to those of us hoping for a new dawn in the Obama administration. He's certainly got plenty to say about how the previous administration got us into this mess, at home and abroad, as well - and about how we must all clean it up - not just leave it to the politicians.

Cafferty says it's "now or never" in fixing this country and I say, amen.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Dislaimer: On average, I discuss politics with dozens of people each week and those among them who have observed Jack Cafferty's work for CNN's "Situation Room" program tend to fall within one of four groups: conservatives who thought him a liberal during the Bush 43 administration and now think he is "coming around" to their views; liberals who once praised him and now think he has "betrayed" his liberal principles; those with or without a party affiliation who think he is a curmudgeon (a somewhat younger version of Andy Rooney), if not demented; and finally, those who share my own opinion that, if he is simultaneously so popular and unpopular, he must be doing something right -- and has been doing something right for most of his 40-year career thus far.

What follows is an It's Getting ugly Out There, his previously published book. The comments are shared for reasons to be explained later.

"I'm the product of a very dysfunctional, sometimes violent, Irish background...my backstory...may help you to make sense of the way I see and interpret what's going on around me. People don't wind up with this kind of jaundiced, offbeat take on things without going through some interesting stuff...But I'm no victim - far from it. I'm fortunate. I learned self-reliance and how to survive. When you get old enough to understand the role that money takes in your life - and in your dreams - and you remember how you watched it all thrown away, it can eat at you for a long time. But it can also teach you some lessons that will shape how you make decisions in your life for your own family. It did that for me...I get paid to ask questions I don't know the answers to and complain about things that bother me... I wasn't [and am not] on the air to pull punches...
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