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Now or Never: Getting Down to the Business of Saving Our American Dream Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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In this take-no-prisoners survey of a nation in the grip of multiple crises, Cafferty turns his unflinching sights on what needs to go right in President Obama's first term. Putting his own signature stamp on Obama's campaign slogan, he tells the charismatic new leader that this is a time for "change we will believe in when we see it."
Cafferty applies his heat-seeking scrutiny to the hot-button issues that will top the 2009 agenda, including the continuing economic and energy crises, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, the global war on terror, and our broken immigration, education, and healthcare systems, as well as other issues of domestic and international instability. He cuts through the spin and the blame games to reveal the truth about how these disasters happened and what we should expect our new president to do about them. He also offers ways we can monitor whether the new administration is really turning things around or just settling into its own version of business as usual.
While Cafferty certainly pulls no punches when detailing the misdeeds of Bush, Paulson, and the usual Republican suspects, he is, as always, an equal-opportunity critic of the rich, powerful, and complacent in both parties. He goes after the Democratic Party (examining its fiercely contested primary campaign), Nancy Pelosi, the ACLU, and causes beloved by liberals that he believes may threaten America's future.
One of Cafferty's most valuable skills is his ability to connect big-picture politics with the realities of day-to-day life for most Americans. Through moving stories of his experiences struggling to raise his own kids with values that seem to be disappearing in our culture, he brings seemingly abstract issues down to earth and reveals why they should matter to every citizen.
Jack Cafferty's distinctive combination of skepticism, patriotism, and caustic wit has long given voice to the fears and hopes of people from all around the country. In Now or Never, he joins the majority of Americans in offering President Obama his full support along with profound wishes for the new administration's success. On the other hand, should Obama be tempted at any point to emulate his predecessor's arrogance and try to hoodwink the great American middle class, he should remember: Jack Cafferty is watching.
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But like most reporters, he doesn't know what to do. So his critique has no teeth. He doesn't fully understand what's wrong. He's correct to be angry. Yet I really can't fault him for his lack of knowledge because he hasn't had time to reflect, to think deeply, to understand history or political philosophy, to take a step back and see the larger picture. He's been too busy watching the news ticker. He's a mental prisoner to the thousands of images from TV news stories flashing by at light-speed through his mind that he's lost perspective on the underlying problems. His book should be a warning to people about the dangerous effects of watching too much television news -- it can impair mental function.
As a result, "Now or Never" is old news with a caustic attitude. It's like rewinding news headlines from the past eight years with Mr. Cafferty's caustic commentary inserted. Sometimes he quotes his own on-air exchanges with sources, but it's hard for readers to see why such exchanges are relevant. He's correct that former President Bush should have been impeached, and I applaud him for making this declaration; others have made similar statements.Read more ›
The reason here is that... well, the book has no point. Cafferty's book aims at a crowd that has already heard all the issues he brings up. Nothing is new. Worst yet, it has all been said over and over. To be honest, it just drifts from one unconnected topic to another. I'm not sure why. He has one chapter, A Family is a Corporation, that goes on about his family life. Which would be fine, if this was a book about his family. But this is a book about America's problems, or so I thought. I'm sad to say, but I really think the book is just a collection of old emails he saved. If you like his previous work, I guess you'll like the style of this one, but if you're really interested in the social problems he brings up, I would go elsewhere.
What follows is an It's Getting ugly Out There, his previously published book. The comments are shared for reasons to be explained later.
"I'm the product of a very dysfunctional, sometimes violent, Irish background...my backstory...may help you to make sense of the way I see and interpret what's going on around me. People don't wind up with this kind of jaundiced, offbeat take on things without going through some interesting stuff...But I'm no victim - far from it. I'm fortunate. I learned self-reliance and how to survive. When you get old enough to understand the role that money takes in your life - and in your dreams - and you remember how you watched it all thrown away, it can eat at you for a long time. But it can also teach you some lessons that will shape how you make decisions in your life for your own family. It did that for me...I get paid to ask questions I don't know the answers to and complain about things that bother me... I wasn't [and am not] on the air to pull punches...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb writing on the wackos of the American right wing Geriatric Old Party and their cohorts! A must read!Published on May 4, 2009 by Michael D. Ashley-Cooper
Jack Cafferty's Book, Now or Never, was fun to read and I enjoyed it very much. Greed is an ugly monster and a cess pool of CEO's.
Henry T. Clinkaberry
Cafferty is just terrible... He's got a crush on Michelle Obama -- that should say enough about his qualifications as a journalist.Published on April 27, 2009 by C. Barrick
I enjoyed Jack Cafferty's first book, but the last one was just filled with numbers that boggled the mind. Read morePublished on April 20, 2009 by Jeri Schwenke
Jack discusses the 2008 election from his point of view and those of his public. I found it accurate, interesting, and good reading. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by G. Boggs
For a news junkie like me (watching 3 news shows daily), I was enchanted with this book. Cafferty gave glimpses beyond everything I saw during the over-long campaign. Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Liz Ellerbe
Jack explains it all . He reviewed all that we went through the past 8 years under a republican administration and the damage they did ,not just to the American people but to the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Charles W. Washington