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Rahm Emanuel was elected to the United States Congress from the 5th District of Illinois in 2002. He is also chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Bruce Reed writes a daily political column for Slate and is the editor-in-chief of Blueprint, the leading magazine of new Democratic ideas. In 1992, Reed helped write Putting People First, the bestselling book on Clinton's agenda. He is President of the Democratic Leadership Council.

Both Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed served as top aides in Bill Clinton's 1992 and 1996 campaigns and held top policy jobs in the White House.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition edition (August 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586484125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586484125
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Darren Weeks on January 21, 2012
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I bought this book because Rahm Emanuel was Obama's chief of staff and I wanted to see what his "Plan" was, since he was in the position to make it happen. One thing that I found quite interesting was his advocacy for mandatory community service (mandatory volunteerism) for all young people between certain ages. I didn't care for the idea because it sounds like servitude to me. He also lays out his plan for national healthcare for all.

I guess the main thing that I didn't like about this book was that it seems to be written like a campaign platform. It is kind of like a list of things to do, rather than a more timeless addressing of issues. Now that Emanuel is no longer Obama's chief of staff, and Obama's healthcare initiative has already become law, I think this book has greatly-decreased significance. I'm glad I bought it when I did, but now I wouldn't waste my time or money.
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44 of 61 people found the following review helpful By P. Calaway on November 28, 2008
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The Plan was a true disappointment, just another extremely partisan book. I was really hoping to read a logical, fact based book to understand the direction the authors' wanted to take the country in addition to the reasons why. Unfortunately, The Plan only offers more political rhetoric with a tremendous amount of Bush bashing and Democratic feel-good commentary designed to stir your emotions rather than lay a foundation for real change. Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Reed twist and skew information to lead the reader toward their partisan agenda. It doesn't appear that these gentlemen are interested in getting to the root of the problem. They only want to blame the other party and push their big ideas on America.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Greenknight01 on July 5, 2009
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Rham Emanuel's "The Plan" is a wonderful and insightful book. It shows step by step the master plan being put forth by the Chicago Liberal Collectivsts now in power who will be transforming America into a Socialist state. It is one of the few clear cut glimpses of what "Change you can Believe In" really means. You will not have it covered by the main stream media as it happens under the cloak of darkness. These steps to change happen in the "night and fog" of congressional sesions. An example of these steps to change is the recently and quietly passed legislation in congress, House Bill HR1388, the GIVE ACT (Call your Congressperson for futher details...). The GIVE ACT components are discussed in "The Plan" by Emanuel.

The intripid Rahm Emanuel may be a man small in stature (like myself) but he is big on ideas. This book shows what he and the other master politician, President Barack Obama have in store for all of us. These men are the two most important Social Revolutionary Cadre Operatives (eh, excuse me I ment to say "Community Organizers") since the 1917 Bolshevik and 1948 Red Chinese Revolutions. These men are conducting this new revolution without a single shot being fired! I also highly recommend the brilliant Saul Alinsky's 1971 classic "Rules for Radicals" (the community organizers bible), and Vladimir Lenin's "Essential Works of Lenin: WHAT IS TO BE DONE? and Other Writings". Both of these excellent books are available from our "Capitalist Pig" friends here at Amazon.com!

Update on 21 March 2010: Late on a Sunday Night just moments ago, the Progressive Collectivists have just passed an important first step in our conversion to the socialist utopia they have long dreamed about!
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90 of 130 people found the following review helpful By John Walsh on October 22, 2006
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Rahm Emanuel is an important figure in American politics, now head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) which carries great weight in the selection of Congressional House candidates. In that role Emanuel has spent considerable time and effort knocking out peace candidates, replacing them with prowar candidates as when he pushed out Christine Cegelis in Illinois in favor of Tammy Duckworth in the Democratic primary. Duckworth is for staying the course.

So how does Emanuel view issues of war, peace and foreign policy? Emanuel has just supplied the answer in the form of a book co-authored with Bruce Reed, modestly entitled: The Plan: Big Ideas for America. The authors obligingly boil each of the eight parts of "The Plan" down to a single paragraph. The section which embraces all of foreign policy is entitled "A New Strategy to End the War on Terror," a heading revealing in itself since "war on terror" is the way the neocons and the Israeli Lobby currently like to frame the discussion of foreign policy. Here is the book's summary paragraph with my comments in parentheses:

"A New Strategy to Win the War on Terror"

("War on Terror," as George Soros points out, is a false metaphor used by those who would drag us into military adventures not in our interest or that of humanity.)

"We need to use all the roots of American power to make our country safe. (He begins by playing on fear.) America must lead the world's fight against the spread of evil and totalitarianism, but we must stop trying to win that battle on our own. (Messianic imperialism.) We should reform and strengthen multilateral institutions for the twenty-first century, not walk away from them.
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