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Product Details

  • Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm) (July 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061095397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061095399
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,830,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Late last year, more people seemed concerned about Gingrich's $4.5 million contract with his publisher than his contract with America. He has since given up the advance, but he doubtless won't be giving up on any of the radically conservative ideas that have put him in the spotlight.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

HarperCollins wasn't about to send out advance review copies of the most-blabbed-about book of the year, and why should it? For the tome is also the most redundant book of the year; if you've attended to Gingrich's speeches about his program for fixing America by lowering taxes, shrinking government, and riding the Tofflers' third wave into a prosperous future, the book sounds awfully familiar. Considering the man's success at grabbing the political spotlight, the book is a must for public libraries, and there's this bonus: Gingrich's book-name-dropping habit may help boost overall circulation. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Before reading this book, I had all sorts of notions about conservatives in general and Newt Gingrich in particular. However, my viewpoint has been radically changed after reading this book. Gingrich's conservative message makes sense and it contains none of the anti-poor, anti-environment, pro-rich bias for which conservatives are frequently accused. I have found Gingrich to be someone who genuinely cares about America, with compassion defined not by the status quo handout, but rather by giving people a fair shake at the American Dream. For me, this book also provoked anger - not towards Gingrich or conservatives - but towards Democrats and the media for unfairly demonizing Gingrich and corrupting the true intent of his ideas. While I'm not so naïve as to think this book will persuade liberals to become conservatives, I do believe that it will dispel many of the myths and falsehoods surrounding Gingrich and his ideas for renewing America.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2001
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It is regretful that Newt Gingrich had to become a casualty in the political battles of the 90's. He has an outstanding mind for the future and strongly argues for our leading the way in so many issues. I highly recommend this book. Even though some of it's content may be dated, the message for moving towards the future, not fighting it by continuing down paths that have proven to be bumpy at best, will give you a sense of hope for what has been accomplished and just how much more we are capable of. Bottom line, give Newt a look, you just may be suprised.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
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If you read this book with an open mind you cannot help to sense the positive spirit with which it is written, and the love for America with which the ideas contained in it are crafted. Gingrich's plans for renewing America are so simple and so filled with common sense that they are brilliant. They appeal to me, and I am not rich, elitist, or in posession of a powerful office. They do not leave me behind, though I am a woman. And they are for everyone but "soreheads and losers..." which does not refer insultingly to women and blacks (to assume so would call into question your own opinion of those groups, not Newt's). Reading "To Renew America" was a joy. I refer to it often. If you're in the market for some hope for the future, this book is for you.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ray on July 5, 2001
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The ideas in this book are the reason, along with the premise of the Contract with America, why we in America enjoy a superb economy, lower crime, a balanced budget, and unparalleled freedom. These were the ideas Gingrich brought to Congress; a Congress which hadn't had any kind of new ideas for almost five decades.
The major themes of this book are about implementing limited, common sense government, having faith in the local community to make decisions and solve problems, using personal responsibility, and shifting power from the federal government to the people.
To my surprise, Gingrich talks of his love of animals and the environment with great detail in this book. To listen to the media and left-wing journalists, one would think Gingrich only cared about drilling for oil in Yellowstone national park. Read his book and you'll see it's not true.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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This book should be required reading by every person in this country from age 12 to 18. It is the manifesto for getting this greatest of nations back on track. Read it with an open mind, and you'll see why liberals hate Gingrich more than anything...he has nailed them politically, and their days in the political sun really are numbered...if people really care about this nation, that is.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Seth Odom on September 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
An elaborate explanation of the 1994 Contract With America, implemented by House Republicans subsequent to a victorious campaign to win both houses of U.S. Congress. Gingrich enlightens readers about House Republican's aspirations for a better and "Renewed America," and delves into issues such as, fiscal responsibility, technological advancement, personal achievement, and welfare reform. Mr. Speaker attempts to drive readers to a new perspective on American Politics.

He begins the treatise with a terse description of his childhood years in Orleans, France. Living in Orleans while his father worked with American Communications Forces, Newt familiarized himself with the Fourth Republic's post-war social and governmental affairs. He recounts the events which led to his early interest in military history, politics, and the fate of civilizations; as well as detailing what books transformed much of his outlook on the developing world.

Written with style, clarity, and candor, the Former Speaker of the House addresses virtually every issue confronting the American taxpayer. Similar to other treatises of 21st century American government, "To Renew America" is destined to reshape the conventional views of many Americans about Government structure and efficiency.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Looking for good, common-sense ways on how to improve America? Look no further than the House speaker's best-seller. This book is chock-full of logical, sensible ideas on how to improve the economic and social conditions in this country. Although Gingrich has obtained (cultivated?) a reputation of confrontationalism, this book is definitely non-combative. It challenges the ideas of liberalism, but even the hardest-core of hard-core left-wingers should have no trouble agreeing with the goals of Gingrich's incredibly visionary plan to put America where it belongs -- on top of the world in all relevant positive categories
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