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A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America Paperback – May 12, 2009
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“The best tour of the capitol I’ve ever taken . . . a vivid analysis of the folly of our foreign policy and the unfairness of our domestic one.”
—Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg.com
“A Time to Fight may be the best evocation of the twenty-first century Democratic Party’s emerging style and philosophy. Webb is a . . . terrific writer . . . and now he has written a policy book that is actually worth reading, an unprecedented feat for a sitting politician.”
—Joe Klein, Time
“Jim Webb is a serious writer, not a politician who writes books on the side . . . He offers a fresh approach to politics and stirs excitement.”
—Elizabeth Drew, New York Review of Books
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If you think (as, I confess, I did before reading this book) that you've got Jim Webb pegged down as your typical charismatic, flag-waving warrior, think again. He reveals himself in these pages to be an independent thinker who doesn't parrot the latest partisan mantra but instead is imaginative and courageous enough to take the best from both sides of the aisle. He endorses the Nixon Doctrine, for example, actually calling it the best foreign policy of his lifetime. He's also a deeply patriotic man who admits that he feels humbled whenever he sees the Capitol building and thinks about what it symbolizes. Yet his patriotism and his understanding of the US as a superpower aren't chauvinist or neoconservative. He thinks the current war was a mismanaged and needless affair. He's extremely critical of the growing imbalance of wealth in this country. He calls for a revamping of the criminal justice system, worrying that the country has gone "completely jail happy." He warns that in recent years the executive branch has become disproportionately powerful. And he has a deep and abiding faith in the ability of citizens, when properly informed and responsibly represented, to govern themselves well.
Webb tells us early on that he has an "innate distrust of the ornaments of power," and most of the battles he wants to take on deal with the abuse of power.Read more ›
Webb's discussion of the military was moving and pragmatic. He advocates a more influential and independent military, with long-term strategies and strong leaders, like MacArthur, who are not afraid to disagree with the President. With a very political, but nonetheless heartfelt tone, he speaks to the diversity of the military and how his experiences with other soldiers from very different walks of life ultimately forged his political views.
In much of the remainder of the book, the Senator provides a discourse against the class struggle that he believes to be destroying America. He attacks globalization, lucrative executives and special interests and portrays himself as a man of the people in contrast to many of the "elites" in the Senate. While I believe Webb supports many of the interests of the underprivileged, he is at times overly self-righteous. Especially considering that the Senator - a direct descendent of an officer who served with George Washington, son of a decorated military veteran, Naval Academy graduate and Former Secretary of the Navy - had a perfect pedigree for the Senate and many more advantages than most. In fact, he is more like his admired Tolstoy, the Russian literary giant and famed anarchist who was deeply grieved by his fellow aristocrats, than Truman, (of more humble origins) whom he also refers to.
There are further sections supporting a weaker executive branch that distinguish Jim Webb from other Democrats.Read more ›
Webb worries, as so many of us do that the wheels are finally coming off this grand old 200-plus-year experiment. As he so aptly notes in this manifesto of his political philosophy and his concerns for our nation: At the same time that vast changes have begun to call into question every aspect of our national identity and even the foundation upon which our society was built, our politicians are engaged in false debates shaped by emotional side issues that only serve as detours and deflections around, or smoke screens hiding, the real ills that beset the nation. While China and India are rapidly moving ahead, "our political process has become so compromised by powerful interest groups and the threat of the petty politics of character assassination that even the best among us will not dare to speak honestly about the solutions that might bring us back to common sense and fundamental fairness.Read more ›
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Interesting, but the type was too small for me to read it all.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Webb is one of our finest living authors, and his non-fiction works are terrific -- scholarly, yet passionate and accessible. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fuman
Sen. Webb's analysis of what ails America is on target. He writes with the passion of someone who thinks and cares deeply about his country, and his story-telling ability, hones... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lloyd Conway
Definitely an interesting read. He is laying out exactly what is wrong with the country, and why. If even one of the Republican Candidates would mention even one of these issues,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by david donovan
A Time to Fight, Reclaiming a Fair and Just America by best-selling author and US Senator from Virginia from 2007 to 2013, Jim Webb. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Walter O. Hecht
when i am done with this book I will pick other books he has written to read.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer