- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (December 3, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743255712
- ISBN-13: 978-0743255714
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
"I talk as simply and directly to people as possible," claims Dean, and though his official campaign biography-cum-manifesto is notable for its plainspokenness, it mostly lacks the passionate forcefulness the front-running Democratic candidate has shown on the campaign trail. The toning down appears deliberate; not only does Dean apologize for intemperate remarks, he goes out of his way to describe himself as a nonradical during his late '60s college years and compares his fiscal outlook to that of his "moderate business-oriented Republican" father. (He also has kind words for President Bush and his family, though he turns critical on the subject of the president's aides.) The account of his childhood and college years is bland, the result of downplaying his family's wealth. A feeling of enthusiasm doesn't set in until his decision to enroll in medical school, perhaps because this is also the period when he met his wife. Dean's flat facade also cracks in passages recalling the circumstances of his older brother's capture (and probable execution) by the Pathet Lao in Laos in 1974. Obliquely touching on the emotional effects of this trauma on his family, Dean also discusses how it has increased his reluctance to send American soldiers into combat and put their families through the same process. The final sections of the book veer away from the personal to the political, and much of its rhetoric will be instantly recognizable to anyone who's seen a Dean stump speech, possibly frustrating those who want to learn more deeply about the man and what he stands for.
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About the Author
Governor Howard Dean is a physician who previously shared a medical practice with his wife, Dr. Judith Steinberg. He became governor of Vermont in 1991 and served until 2003. He campaigned for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election and served as honorary chairman of Democracy for America, an organization dedicated to building a grassroots network for the Democratic Party. He is currently the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
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I was one of the first "substance experts" to believed that Dean could and should be President, and I remain very upset with the Democratic Party for sabotaging his chances.
This is a great book for the masses who want the stump speech in a very easy to read doubled-spaced form. Unfortunately, it reflects zero understanding of the real world (see my 400+ reviews of non-fiction national security books at Amazon) and it reflects zero understanding of the core issues that need to be dealt with in the US economy (see my review posted today of Robert Rubin's "In An Uncertain World").
I still believe in Dean, but if he does not get his policy and outreach acts together at the substantive level, but Dean and his campaign manager gave policy substance short-shrift, and this is important *not* because of the details, but because it must be the foundation for creating a coalition government that integrates Independents, moderate Republicans, Greens, Reforms, Libertarians, and "Drop-Outs" (where Barack Obama is making great gains in 2007) into a united electorate that will a) work together in the open and modified primaries to overcome the Democratic Leadership Council bias in favor of beltway "suits" and b) work together in the general election to defeat the well-fended and often illegal endeavors of the Republican extremists, who are *not* playing by the rules and who believe they have a God-given right to steal the 2004 election just as they stole the 2000 election.
This is a fine book for those who want a quick "read" on Dean as a man and potential leader. It does *not* fill the bill for a serious book about integrated policy issues and an executable sustainable budget that addresses the needs of the vast majority of Americans who are not represented by the incumbent President, nor for that matter by the incumbent Democratic and Republican Senators and Representatives that have chosen to give the incumbent President a blank check for over-turning 50 years progress in multilateral global security, environmental and labor protection, public health and education, and civil rights.
Dean has his heart in the right place, and this book documents that. Now we need to read about where his head is at, and that will take another book entirely.
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The reader is immediately struck by the sense that this book is one of very few in the political world which is NOT ghost-written. The 15 chapters on topics ranging from Dean's personal background to geopolitical strategy are written in a highly conversational and inimitable style, as if Dean spent a few nights with a tape recorder for later transcription.
In the course of 179 pages, Dean traverses miles of relevant issues with characteristic insight and common sense. This reader's only disappointment was that the book lacks some of the depth Dean is capable of, if only due to the book's brevity.
The author's passion on civic life and good government is manifestly evident in his evocations of Theodore Roosevelt as his champion of an environmental vision that has withstood the test of time. Dean presents healthcare and balanced budgets with the vision of Kennedy - extolling the nation to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.
The book's introduction is a call to civic action, to work together in common cause, to restore America's sense of community, after years of being divided by past and present administrations on matters of race, gender, sexual orientation, and income.
The reader learns about Dean's roots as the eldest of four boys in a well-established family with American roots which can be traced back to the 18th century, his youth in East Hampton, his decision to choose medical school over a life in the investment banking business (explaining the one part he did like about investment banking was the money management), his global travels, his days at Yale, and how he met his wife Judith Steinberg.
While establishing his medical practice in Burlington, VT, Dean became involved in local politics after successfully campaigning for a bike trail around Lake Champlain. He served as Lt. Governor while maintaining his medical practice, becoming Governor at age 43 in 1991 upon the death of Richard Snelling, whose example Dean admired as a "person of integrity who wanted to run the government properly without regard to party". Dean proceeded to win five two-year terms as Governor, and here tips his cap to 30-40% of the Vermont Republicans who supported him (in addition to his Democrat and independent support), primarily for his fiscal responsibility.
Dean makes reference to his legendary "cheapness" in an amusing anecdote about a suit he bought at JCPenney in 1987 for $125, a story of Dean's utility and frugality (he still wears the suit), reminiscent of the charm from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger at a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder's meeting.
The reader also learns about the death of his younger brother Charlie, how Dean overcame this loss, and how Charlie's death shaped Dean's outlook on life.
The second half of the book focuses on Dean's candidacy for President of the United States, our current situation and his ideas for the future. Dean points out that he knew George Bush as a straightforward man back when they were both Governors, and expresses his alarm at the radical departure from the relatively moderate governorship Bush provided in Texas (moderate by Texas standards anyway), and Bush's jerking the nation sharply to the right upon becoming president, contrary to Bush's past record and his campaign promises.
Here Dean spends several chapters focused on solving the issues of today's America - from job losses, budget deficits, the threat of terrorism, environmental degredation, and loss of community, to global epidemics and strife that threaten to engulf us all.
Dean makes his vision for America clearly stated in his views towards multilateralism and international cooperation, economic fairness, balanced budgets, and equal rights for all. Throughout, he emphasizes the values of truth, innovation and moral clarity in leadership. He makes a passionate and effective call for providing all of America's citizens with healthcare and secondary education, and how to make these things available and affordable for all, for the good of all.
He closes with the words of Marin Luther King who said "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter", and Dean repeats his constant admonition that "I am not going to tell any American that I can solve all their problems. That power is in your hands, not mine."
An excellent book which I can only hope to scratch the surface of in such a brief review, Howard Dean's Winning Back America is candid, timely, and highly recommended.