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What A President Should Know: An Insider's View on How to Succeed in the Oval Office Hardcover – January 3, 2008
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Larry Lindsey has provided a roadmap for how the next President can and should lead this nation through hazardous times. Readers of this book are taken directly into the Oval Office, to a world where decisions are high stakes and actions have consequences. You won't want to put it down. (Fred Thompson)
This is a book for everyone who is interested in the next occupant of the White House―including every presidential aspirant. Larry Lindsey writes with the expertise of an economist who taught at Harvard and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve and with the policy wisdom of someone who has worked in the White House in the Administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. (Martin S. Feldstein, president and CEO of the National Bureau of Economic Research and former chairman of the President's Council of Economic Adviser)
This book is a real good read. Any President would benefit by his understanding of the way the process works inside the Oval Office. In fact, it would be valuable to anyone in any management position. Democrats may not agree with all the conclusions, but this is a great discussion of the policy choices the country faces. (Tom Foley, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives)
Agree with him or not, Larry Lindsey is always worth reading. (Senator Joe Biden)
Whether our next president actually reads this book, voters would be well-advised to do so as a means of refocusing their attention on competence and effectiveness, which matter so little during the campaign, and will matter so much when the winner takes office. (Chicago Sun-Times)
This useful book's common-sense prescriptions concerning economic and military policy become uncommon when political pressures emerge. (WORLD, February 2008)
Lindsey's hook is a package of memos surrepitiously smuggled onto the president's desk on Inauguration Day 2009. They form the core of each chapter and are preceded by a narrative setting out some of the relevant history and policy background (and often Lindsey's own experience at the White House-a topic of interest in its own right). ...Some of the substantive suggestions are likely to interest a Republican president. But even a Democratic one will surely benefit from the description of policy history, process, and current contextual challenge. (Public Administration Review, September/October 2009)
About the Author
Marc Sumerlin is Managing Director and co-founder of The Lindsey Group. He previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council for Pres. George W. Bush. Prior to the White House, Sumerlin was the Economic Policy Advisor at the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign headquarters where he advised then-Gov. Bush on economic matters. He has also worked as a Senior Analyst and Assistant Economist to the Senate Budget Committee, a Research Assistant to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and an Accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book does not spend much time discussing the current admin but actually spends more time on previous administrations
Lindsey avoids referring to the current president's mistakes so comes off as an apologist by omission. Having said that, there were things that I learned in historical context of the workings of the White House, the economy and politics.
Don't expect an in depth discourse on decision making in the executive branch. It's more like, 'How to be the Prez 101'.
I would still recommend reading it, but get it at the library and spend your money on a different book or music instead.
The reason I enjoyed the read was it brings to the public the difficult task of being the leader of the free world, while still managing the USA. Social media makes it even more difficult to accomplish anything and then there is the political correctness crowd reducing everything to the lowest the common denominator.
The government's response to 1929 was tax increases, tightened monetary policy, and increased tariffs. Therefore, per Lindsey, we should do the opposite today - even though Bush's last tax cuts were followed by continued decline in the economic status of most Americans, as well as the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs and a resulting negative impact on our security. (Nonetheless, without noting the key relevance, Lindsey also points out that Adam Smith believed free trade was not justified when it damaged national security. He seems to think that overvaluing the Chinese currency is the only problem - failing to realize that they have millions willing to work at 10% or so of American wages, thus severely limiting how far the yuan would rise. Further, raising the value of the yuan would decrease foreign investment in China (vs. Vietnam, etc.), lead to unrest due to job losses in China, and require exchange rate losses on the hundreds of billions of U.S. debt they already hold.
Health care, education, and energy are identified as major problems. Lindsey's analyses, however, are of no value. He sees health-care as trapped between increased rationing and an increased share of GNP (ignoring substantial opportunities for savings through a single-payer system and a strong focus on eliminating the nearly 50% spent on ineffectual/harmful treatments, per experts).Read more ›