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“Bill Bradley is gone from the NBA and Senate but in this timely book he reminds us that the demands of citizenship never stop and he offers a plan to get America back in the game.”
—Tom Brokaw, Former NBC News Anchor and New York Times Bestselling Author

“For all of us who care about the renewal of our country and the revitalization of our politics, this extraordinary book provides an indispensable guide.  Bradley speaks with unusual clarity, candor, insight and passion about the problems we face and the road we can take to move forward. This book should be widely read.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Presidential Historian

"Every American should read this courageous book. It's full of history and heart and solutions that can give us all hope. It reminds us of our better selves and represents citizen leadership at its best.”
—Howard Schultz, chairman, president,  and CEO Starbucks Coffee Company

“At his best there is no better and Bill Bradley is at the top of his game in pointing us toward the renewal of politics with practical ideas and a hopeful spirit. His many years as a public man and private citizen ground his optimism in realistic possibilities of what we can do to make America once again work for all of us.”
—Bill Moyers, New York Times Bestselling Author and Host of Moyers & Company

“Bill Bradley’s We Can All Do Better is a clarion call to Americans of every political stripe and walk of life to stand up and demand of themselves and of their leaders the fair play, idealism, discipline and optimism that made America a beacon for the world.  This thoughtful book deserves wide attention.”
—Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and Bestselling Author

"Bill Bradley presents a cogent and historically grounded book, outlining the problems embedded in our current American way of civic engagement and proposing solutions."
—Library Journal

"An important contribution to the national discussion with appeal to independents as well as the more traditionally party-minded."
—Kirkus Reviews

"We Can All Do Better is a book that every responsible citizen should read, reflect on, and consider in determining which candidate to back in the upcoming elections."
—New York Journal of Books

"Bill Bradley has bravely and frankly examined the most important issues America must deal with for its economic future, its foreign policy and its political system. He is trenchant in his criticism of what was allowed to happen to the economy leading to a near financial and economic catastrophe. . .He is particularly incensed with the gridlock in the political system, that Congress is more interested in scoring partisan points rather than moved by what is for the common good.  Bradley has a good grasp of the huge challenge China poses for America. . .and what it takes for America  to compete with China."
 —Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore

About the Author

Bill Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Before serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 during which time they won two NBA championships.

Bradley is the author of six books on American politics, culture, and economy, including Time Present, Time Past, The New American Story, and Values of the Game—all New York Times bestsellers.

Currently, Senator Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC and the host of American Voices, a weekly show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.



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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vanguard Press; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593157290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593157296
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #814,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By W. Weber on May 8, 2012
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This is the book I have been waiting for. Not only does Bradley get into the problems facing us he offers up possible solutions. Sorry he is no longer serving in elective office but happy he still has a voice. Highly recommend this to any in dispair due to where we have been over the last 20 years and fearful of where we are going. There is hope!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By jem on May 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bradley's book could make you cheer or cry -- cheer because we finally have someone laying out a concrete series of steps to revive our economic prosperity -- or cry because Bradley is no longer an influential Washington politician.

Is it surprising that it takes a former NBA star to prescribe a more rational plan for solving our economic problems than our president or any current member of Congress? Not if that professional basketball player was raised with the values of a small-town banker father and schoolteacher mother, turned down athletic scholarships but played ball and graduated summa cum laude from Princeton, won a Rhodes scholarship, served three terms in the US Senate, and has more that a decade of experience as a corporate consultant and investment banker.

Perhaps it is Bradley's freedom from political ambition with it's need to raise outlandish sums of money and pander to every potential voter that allows him to address economic problems squarely. He cites his experience in 2010 as one of four former Senators -- two from each party -- challenged by Esquire magazine to within three days develop a plan to balance the federal budget by 2020. After grueling negotiations and compromises, they did so. Perhaps that is a strategy when current politicians refuse to compromise. But only if their solution will be adopted without further debate.

The most refreshing thing about Bradley's book is that he delivers the message without sugar coating. He defines what he considers problems and offers a variety of specific solutions for each. He warns us that everyone will have to give up some things to reach our goal of sustained prosperity. He criticizes people from both political parties but he also cites leaders from our founding fathers to the present who have offered problem-solving solutions. How unusual to be devastatingly honest but upbeat!

There is an incredible amount of wisdom packed into 161 pages.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hosse on May 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Senator Bill Bradley was known for his no-nonsense approach to politics and reaching across the asile to solve problems. Today, Washington is awash with dogmatic extremists on both sides who are more interested in winning elections than serving the needs of the American People. Americans are sick and tired of empty promises and status quo politics. Americans want honest answers, not sound bites based on fear and funded by special interest's money. Senator Bradley's book offers exactly what the American People are looking for: Real non-partisan answers to real issues. Senator Bradley examines each issue from the view point of both sides, and then applies his trademark common sense approach to provide a way through the muck created by the party extremists and their financial puppet masters. An ideal book for anyone looking for honest answers.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Field on June 20, 2012
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Bill Bradley is one smart guy, and was a great US Senator.

So when I saw he had written a book that boldly identifies and lists all of the political/social problems that many of us are aware of, I was pleased and jumped at the chance to read it.

I am very disappointed.

While he does a fine job of laying out the problems and issues of the day that keep our government from solving so many of the problems that face us (huge deficits, worthless wars, low spending in education and infrastructure, multiple tax cuts for the rich, etc.), I never saw anything remotely suggesting what I and my politically active friends could do or should do.

I agree with nearly 100% of what he says and haven't the faintest idea of what he wants us to do.

Maybe there's a Book 2 in the works, but if not, what's the point of his book ?

I expected better.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Nancy S. Elwell on May 8, 2012
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Remember civics class? those of you who are old enough will ! I have a feeling this is a book that should be required reading in every freshman high school class. His interviews have been brilliant so far
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J Kent on April 7, 2013
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Former Senator, New York Knick basketball player, and Olympic athlete Bill Bradley offers his substantial insights into the workings of government and how, by focusing on cooperation and the good of the country instead of party, we can all do better. And by "we" he means all of us - the politicians, the media, and the American people. We are all in this together and only by working together can we find resolutions to all of the challenges that face us here in America.

But accomplishing this won't be easy. Bradley begins by reminding us that even though politicians all love this country, it is easy for the "members of the club" to become absorbed into the cynicism that dominates Washington DC today. The "duopoly" of the two parties cater to the extremes and the media play along because it is easier - and more profitable - to turn gossip into news than to report honest policy discussions. And the people - you and me - force politicians into playing the game at either end of the spectrum where compromise is seen as treachery, and then turn around and voice our perpetual dissatisfaction because politicians are dancing in the corners in which we have painted them.

Still, Bradley notes that "the sad irony is that many members of the club may be idealists underneath," and like most Americans living their daily lives, continue to believe in the country's fundamental health and promise for the future. In the chapter, "Breaking the Logjam," Bradley offers some concrete proposals to encourage economic growth and job creation in the immediate, the proximate, and the long-term. He dispels some of the common myths (e.g., that the wealthy are "job creators") and offers solutions that will improve the employment picture now while positioning us to lead the world in the future.
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