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Winning Back America Paperback – December 3, 2003
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Like millions of Democrats, I was flabbergasted by the Supreme Court's "interpretation" of the 2000 election. I figured with our democracy so blatantly compromised, things in America couldn't get any worse... then they did. Lots worse. I felt alternately embarrassed and dumbfounded by the audacity of George W. Bush. The kicker came the morning after 15 million of us marched against his plan for a pre-emptive strike against Iraq. Bush's response to history's largest protest was "I don't care." If 15 million protestors around the world couldn't get this guy to re-think his position, and no one in Congress seemed to be noticing anything was amiss, well, what could I possibly do to make a difference?
Nothing. Or so I told myself. I was that discouraged... Totally lacking courage.
Then along came Howard Dean and the first thing I noticed was that he was pissed off, not just at the Bushies but also at the Democrats for abandoning their liberal ideals and becoming "Bush lite." Good point.Read more ›
Let's stick to reviews of the book please. Howard Dean states a case for winning back America that is, in my opinion, articulate and intelligent.
In light of Al Gore's recent endorsement of the man, you owe it to yourself (if you want to be an informed voter) to read what the man HIMSELF has to say, and not rely on any "reviews" to decide for you. Including this one, of course.
Get it from the source. It's a well-written book, and worth your time.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy reading campaign books like this, makes me wish that Dean would of beat Kerry in '04 in the primary.Published on January 21, 2014
Oh, we had high hopes. Then came the "I have a scream" speech and that was all she wrote. Arrrgghhh.Published on December 31, 2013 by Steve Wooden
This book is awesome! I love Howard Dean and I really do wish that he would have ran against Bush instead of John Kerry. Read morePublished on November 9, 2004 by S. Brown
Howard Dean is a man that actually makes sense. His politics are based on simple proven principles that would really make a difference in this Country. Read morePublished on June 22, 2004 by Sra Lobaluz
Dean makes a lot of good logical arguments on how to turn the country around. He is not the loose cannon that the conservative press makes him out to be. Read morePublished on May 28, 2004 by J. McAndrew
This is an EXCELLENT book, I was actually quite surprised to discover. I didn't expect the Governor to come across well in written words ... Read morePublished on April 1, 2004
I read this a couple months ago when Howard Dean was still the man with the nomination to lose. I think it's too bad he did lose it, because, as this book attests, warts and all,... Read morePublished on March 28, 2004 by C. Fletcher
I dint kno dat. I worked in Governor Dean's office as the sole black man on the fourth floor that he referred to during his exchange with Rev. Sharpton. That man can barely read. Read morePublished on January 21, 2004
What incredible luck for the chilly Dipper!!! The furnace in Dipper's Den of Sippity (I love beer) has been very balky lately during this mercilessly cold January here in Medusa,... Read morePublished on January 20, 2004 by Dipper Lips