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Letter to a New President: Commonsense Lessons for Our Next Leader Paperback – Bargain Price, January 6, 2009
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Known as a scholar and orator, Byrd delivers homespun wisdom in Letter to the New President. He quotes philosophers, poets, and Founding Fathers in equal measure, championing values that may seem old-fashioned but are, he argues, needed more than ever.” —Associated Press
“The book’s detailed analysis of the great power and responsibility of the executive branch is timely, and prospective presidents and concerned citizens would be well advised to read Byrd’s book.” —Publishers Weekly
“At ninety years of age, after nine terms as Democratic senator from West Virginia under eleven presidents, Byrd offers a long view of the best and worst impulses of those who have served as president.” —Booklist
“Senator Byrd draws on a lifetime of experience to offer a guiding hand to our country’s next Commander in Chief. His unfailing faith in God and country provides an example of the best we should hope to find in our leaders as well as any of our fellow citizens.” ---President Jimmy Carter
Top Customer Reviews
Beyond cautions to the new president, whether Republican or Democrat, about what "he or she" will inherit from George W. Bush, I found this book to be a very balanced, long-sighted view of the history of this nation and the principles on which it was founded. Stating the truth of where we now stand is not "name-calling"; the reality is that the Bush/Cheney administration and its enablers have very seriously undermined and damaged America and her Constitution. We the People, her lifeblood, have become so perilously anemic and "unmoored" from history and reality that the U.S. citizenry is hardly capable of the kind of debate and reflection required for self-governance. And yet we have little trust in our leaders.
Senator Byrd lays out a number of important approaches the new president must take to restore the confidence of the American people in her leaders and--most importantly--themselves as citizens who, in the final analysis, must be informed enough to self-govern, as the Founding Fathers intended.
Here are the steps Byrd urges our new president will take:
1. Bring back the fireside chat.
2. Teach the people about the Constitution.
3. No life stands outside history.
4. A big lie is still a lie; tell the truth.
5. Build your presidency around accountability.
6. Let the press do its job, even when that might sting.
7. We can do better than photo-op diplomacy.
8. A new approach to the rest of the world: influence.
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I honestly tired of reading his attacks, throughout the book, and I'm a registered Democrat and I live on Byrd Lane in Clarksburg, WV. This kind of literature should have come with a money back offer if not completely satisfied.