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Naked Emperors: The Failure of the Republican Revolution Hardcover – December 28, 2007

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Scot Faulkner has given us an absolutely fascinating eyewitness account of the clash of ideas and personalities during the first Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in forty years. (Ray Smock, former Historian, U.S. House of Representatives)

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)

About the Author

Scot M. Faulkner was the first chief administrative officer of the U.S. House of Representatives. The business reforms he and his team introduced into the U.S. House saved $148 million, became a model for the operation of forty-four national parliaments worldwide, and were named one of the "Top 100 Innovations in American Government" by Harvard University and the Ford Foundation. He is currently senior partner for global operations with Phoenix Consulting Associates.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742558819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742558816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Should an electoral tidal wave engulf Republicans in this year's Congressional elections, Scot Faulkner's 2008 book Naked Emperors: The Failure of the Republican Revolution likely will become required reading for activists as they stage the expected turnaround attempt that occurs every 4 to 8 years. But the points made by my friend Scot Faulkner about the failure of Congressional and Executive Branch oversight are totally applicable to both parties, signaling the potential for deep disappointment in failing to overcome many challenges unless the changes he recommends take root.

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.
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First, let me disclose that I was on Mr. Faulkner's staff and am one of the characters in this book. That being said, this book is 100 percent accurate in representing what we found, what we did and how those who wanted to stop us acted. The book is a fast read, somehow Faulkner has distilled two years of insanity and chaos into a few hundred pages. I find it amazing that, looking back almost 10 years and several elections, we were able to accomplish the things we did. This book has many of the elements of a "tell all" book you traditionally see from Congressional types but with some twists: a broad historical perspective on the institution and the office the author held, a 360 degree viewpoint and in a concluding chapter, the author offers some good insights into how Americans can take back a measure of control over our government. Perhaps it is also a book that proves that in government, it is possible to filter financial and management decisions and actions through the Quality prism, but no matter how smart or great those decisions and actions may be, they are still subject to the selfish nature of humanity...And to a previous comment, though the book accurately describes the waste and abuse we uncovered, we didn't find anything that could have been presented to a grand jury. Maybe next time.
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The story is age-old in Washington, DC. I.e., people with good ideas and committed to improving government, get sucked into the institutional bureaucracy or are stymied by it, and either little gets changed or the changes revert back to the "way things have always been done."

"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.
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Mr. Faulkner has written a fast paced, engaging and insightful account of a unique opportunity for radical change in congress. It is told from the view of a participant with objective factual descriptions of what happened, why, by whom, for what purpose, and the results. He leaves you with a sense of serious introspection of our own government at work by providing an enjoyable reading experience that will move you to think about what you read, what you learned; and what you can do to carry the torch of change.
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Raised by a pack of wild spreadsheets and smarter than Yoda...Scot Faulkner is the guy who most people point to when someone asks for the Management Consultant who knows all the ins and outs. His experience and professional demeanor make him both an asset to a team as well as a great teacher, IF one is willing to listen.

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.
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Scott Faulkner is a unique individual, both a great politician and an excellent writer ! Member of the Reagan team, he has been appointed the first executive officer of Congress. From this exceptional position, he is describing Congress in very precise details. Quite a vision ! Almost a political nightmare...
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.
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