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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.See all Editorial Reviews
Superb writing on the wackos of the American right wing Geriatric Old Party and their cohorts! A must read!Published on May 4, 2009 by Michael D. Ashley-Cooper
Jack Cafferty's Book, Now or Never, was fun to read and I enjoyed it very much. Greed is an ugly monster and a cess pool of CEO's.
Henry T. Clinkaberry
Cafferty is just terrible... He's got a crush on Michelle Obama -- that should say enough about his qualifications as a journalist.Published on April 27, 2009 by C. Barrick
I enjoyed Jack Cafferty's first book, but the last one was just filled with numbers that boggled the mind. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Jeri Schwenke
Jack discusses the 2008 election from his point of view and those of his public. I found it accurate, interesting, and good reading. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by G. Boggs
For a news junkie like me (watching 3 news shows daily), I was enchanted with this book. Cafferty gave glimpses beyond everything I saw during the over-long campaign. Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Liz Ellerbe
Jack explains it all . He reviewed all that we went through the past 8 years under a republican administration and the damage they did ,not just to the American people but to the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Charles W. Washington