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Naked Emperors: The Failure of the Republican Revolution Hardcover – December 28, 2007
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It is very rare to be able to see through the experience of a prime actor the inner workings of a transformative change in any branch of the federal government. This account by Scot Faulkner is extraordinary – clear in its analysis, candid in its criticism, imaginative in its prescriptions. He lays out in detail the means by which the ego-driven self interests have long prevented both parties from serving the national interests. He shines a bright light of facts and reason on the secreted closets and hidden halls of the House of Representatives. He describes the key personalities and how their unrestrained avarice and libidos brought down the Republican leadership, including two successive Speakers, and led the party of fiscal conservatism to abandon their principles and to adopt the greatest spending spree in American history. Faulkner writes superbly well and for anyone interested in the reality of the American legislative process this is a must read. (Dr. George B. Weathersby, former president and CEO, American Management Association)
The book also provides helpful lessons about the best and worst ways to manage a large organization, especially one populated by people who are especially adept at playing politics. (The Washington Times)
Naked Emperors is notable not only for its reforming earnestness but for its candor. Mr. Faulkner does not hesitate to show government service in all its gritty unpleasantness and daily frustration. To his credit, though, he emerged from the experience a wiser man but not a cynical one. He still believes that government should be run more like a business ― and can be. (The Wall Street Journal)
Naked Emperors shows us the reality behind the rhetoric. While politicians want us to believe they are focused on public policy, Mr. Faulkner documents that they are, in fact, obsessively pursuing personal perks and power. The book is a wake-up call for Americans to reclaim their government. (Ron Maxwell, director of Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and Copperhead)
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America's House of Representatives, Senate and the Executive Branch have been held up around the world as beacons of freedom, democracy and good governance. But Faulkner's insider's account paints a less-than-flattering picture, of sausage being made, mostly unsuccessfully, amid zipper-problems and ego trips.
Faulkner, a "Reaganite" has since been working for both party candidates in local campaigns, and offers a wealth of information and perspective on the near-absence of oversight, the perfunctory hearings with canned questions and even more canned and sometimes made-for-CSPAN answers. The book perceptively captures the dismay many feel about the listless oversight in the Congress during the leadership of both parties, and many in the Executive Branch most keen for business-as-usual. So how can huge challenges like ensuring affordable access to health care, reforming social security, overcoming the recession, the sub-prime lending crisis etc. be managed with those weak 18th century instruments for 21st century problems.Read more ›
"Naked Emperors" is an interesting, first hand account of the inner workings of a small group of people committed to bring the House of Representatives into the 20th century...if not the 21st century.
His tome shares a unique view of a legacy which fell short of the hype. The lessons shared by Mr. Faulkner may still float as wisps of gossamer through the halls of the capitol. The dilemma however, until embraced by a committed visionary, the cry for lasting reform within our government will be effective as CPR at a morgue.
Following him in the midst of Washington corruption and spin, we discover the reasons of governmental immobility, excessive spending and political failure. And we finally understand why the country is so negative about Washington today.
If Scott Faulkner has been instrumental in changing things and improving the system, he was not alone in that difficult venture. But the book also clearly explains why it is impossible to cure the system once and for all. The Failure of the Republican Revolution has opened the gates to all kinds of political excess and abuses, of a sky-rocketing national debt, of an ever growing federal government and of too many severe Constitutional abuses.
America should not be overly disappointed by this description of political failure. Those engaged in international politics and diplomacy know very well that this situation is the same all around the world, even in some of the best
and oldest European democracies. Not to speak of more recent ones in emerging countries.
This book should help us be more vigilant in safeguarding our institutions, in limiting the size of government and in strongly supervising and auditing our public institutions.
It should also remind us of our elementary duty as voters. When we do not vote, we allow the worst candidates
to be elected and behave like those described in the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For anyone interested in how Washington REALLY works - especially in times of profound political transformation - I highly recommend this timely and brilliant eyewitness account by... Read morePublished 4 months ago by GhostMaker
Scot Faulkner's "Naked Emperors" reinforces the bitter and cynical
feelings I have towards politicians in general and our congress men
and women in particular. Read more
You don't have to agree with the author's politics or all of his aims. But consider this: Doesn't he show the political or policy reformer's challenge: how to use the imperfect... Read morePublished on March 25, 2008 by S. Carlson-Thies
This book is a great look at the Republican revolution of 1994 from the inside. It explores the good parts of the Republican take over of Congress as well as the bad parts. Read morePublished on March 17, 2008 by C. S. Hirons
With respect to the author, the missed opportunities that Republicans allegedly missed in the early years of the Gingrich Revolution are overstated. Read morePublished on February 24, 2008 by Michael