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“A reality-based strategy for economic renewal packed with ideas on how to fix America’s job machine . . . Offers some well-timed optimism . . . Contains sensible ideas . . . Articulate, engaging.” —Daniel Gross, The Washington Post
“A lucid one-man rebuttal of the Tea Party’s anti-government agenda and a practical set of proposals . . . for restoring economic growth. A succinct common-sense argument for why America needs a strong national government, why both spending cuts and increased tax revenues are necessary for addressing the debt problem (which is going to get worse given the demographics of an aging baby-boomer population and the high costs of interest payments), and why that debt problem ‘can’t be solved unless the economy starts growing again.’” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“This book presents page after page of intelligent suggestions on how the U.S. can cut its crippling debt, create new jobs, and get ‘back into the future business’ . . . I found much to agree with.” —James Pressley, Bloomberg News
“A personal, plain-spoken economic picture of where we are, a mile-high view of the three decades that got us here, and how to revive our economy in classic ‘American Dream growth’ style. . . . If this list whiplashes from the nitty-gritty to the mile-high view and back again, it demonstrates that Clinton is a politician who can operate at both levels without breaking a sweat. . . . A book with the chutzpah that the Democrats have been missing.” —Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
"Four stars . . . There’s an upbeat, front-foot tone to Back to Work that is welcome at a time of despair. Love him or hate him, [Clinton] hasn’t lost his touch . . . It’s refreshing to hear from him." —Martin Vander Weyer, The Telegraph (U.K.)
“Convincing . . . A rallying cry to America . . . Informed, high-minded, intelligent and persuasive… Clinton is probably the best natural politician of his generation. His skill at framing an argument is without peer and that he generally does so without demagoguery is to his lasting credit. In this case, the fact that he has simple common sense on his side doesn't hurt either. These pages should be required reading for any Democrat running for office next year.” —Erik Tarloff, The Observer (U.K.)
“Bill Clinton has an idea. A few dozen ideas, in fact, about ways large and small to get unemployed Americans back to work—from granting property tax breaks for investments that create jobs to painting every flat tar roof in U.S. cities white for the energy savings.” —Susan Page, USA Today
“A book full of ideas about how to revive the economy and get America’s unemployed millions back to work . . . The book has two main strengths. First, while arguing, rightly, that in the short run the American economy urgently needs a boost from government spending, it spells out in simple terms why Uncle Sam also needs a credible strategy for sorting out the country’s long-term fiscal problems . . . Second, Mr. Clinton is at his famously wonkish best in scouring America and the world to find practical ideas for getting people back to work." —The Economist
“Feisty . . . a cogent, well-informed attack on the GOP’s ‘antigovernment ideology.’ A smart, forthright, appealingly folksy defense of activist government.” —Publishers’ Weekly


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"Back To Work" by Bill Clinton showcases the various ideas and viewpoints in relation to creating a stronger American society. For instance, on page 105 Clinton expresses natural concern on strengthening the quality of life in America that would be competitive to such countries as Canada, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. On page 142, he also discusses monitoring energy consumption as one of the ways to increase national security.
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HASH(0x9f7bdd68) von 5 Sternen Critical Advice for America 8. November 2011
Von R. Sampson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In "Back to Work," President Clinton offers a compelling argument that the most critical problem facing America today is a lack of support for smart and effective government -- and in particular the inability of the public and private sectors to work together in the best interests of the country. Clinton begins by laying out the history of the Republican war on government that started with Ronald Reagan. Republicans have consistently argued that, in every area except national security, "government is the problem -- not the solution." The result has been self-fulfilling as conservative politicians have gained power and then worked actively to destroy the effectiveness of government, rather than work to improve it.

Clinton compares our current situation with that of other developed countries, virtually all of which are able to achieve a workable synthesis of government and business. The United States, for example, is the only industrialized nation with a complete inability to leverage smart government in a way that offers some control over escalating health care costs. The result is diminshed confidence in our future solvency, and the discouraging reality that nations significantly less wealthy than the United States are able to provide far better social safety nets for their citizens.

Clinton also shows that today's political disfunction and idealogical gridlock is NOT characteristic of America's history. The book lists a number of Republican presidents -- including Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower -- who believed that government was an essential tool for the public welfare and made substantial investments in infrastruture and other areas.

Perhaps the most important sentence in the book is this: "There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy." This statement is abundantly true. Things seem to be moving at a faster and faster rate, and the economic environment is ever more complex. Financial innovations on Wall Street are beyond comprehension. Climate change is a looming threat we seem unable to confront.

The book contains a number of good ideas for moving forward and returning to national competitiveness. My only criticism is that I don't think the President fully grasps how extraordinarily fast the changes are likely to come over the next decade and beyond. Information technology is accelerating and will have a dramatic impact on the jobs and livelihoods of Americans and on the overall economy.
President Clinton's call for an end to anti-government rhetoric and the development of a smart private/public sector partnership could not come at a more crucial time.
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HASH(0x9f7ca144) von 5 Sternen Core belief in America's exceptionalism - A nonideological book 8. November 2011
Von J. Lisa Al-Hashimi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Dare we hope that this kind of thinking will be the politics of the future? A lot of people will use this review format to rant ideological politics, but it seems to me that Former President Clinton wrote an exceptional book here without the promotion of a political or ideological viewpoint. This book isn't about him or the Democrats or the next election. It is all about how we got here and what to do next.

His heartfelt belief in America comes through again and again. He says, "I do believe in American exceptionalism. My life has been graced by it," (pg 113) and "I don't know how this will turn out. I just know that for more than two hundred years, everyone who's bet against the United States has lost." (pg 192)

He has a low opinion of antigovernment ideology and says, "There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy." (pg 118)

A brief survey of what is in this book:

Part I "Where We Are" includes; Chapters 1-3 (pgs 1-54) "Why we need government" (a philosophical discussion as well as historical review) and the antigovernment movement, Chapter 4 "Debt" and Chapter 5 "Competition" (total, 116 pgs)

Part II "What Can We Do" includes; Chapter 6 "How do we get back in the future business" (pg 117-188) Pages 122-185 include a 48 point list and description of how each point might benefit America.

I tend to avoid political books, but this isn't an ideological book; it reminds me a bit of Thomas Friedman's best book "The World is Flat" in the references to multiple examples of other businesses and countries, but this book is all about making America succeed into the future. It is a straight up discussion of ideas and frank assessment of what worked and didn't work and careful discussion of what might work in the future. What impressed me was the statistics, examples and research instead of posturing and rhetoric. For example, "Both mobility studies conclude that the success of the nations doing better than we are is due to government policies that equalize opportunities and prepare their people to seize them." (pg 106) This nonpolitical approach to problems seems more contemporary and valuable.

Perhaps with this book, the wisdom of former president Bill Clinton will help to point the way back to the American Dream. In my opinion, this book, based on philosophical contemplation, experience and research is his best by far because I think we are getting the absolute best from him. He makes the point "No one can take the future away from us. But we can take it away from ourselves," (pg 117). This book reads as a heartfelt effort, an act of love for America and the American people.
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HASH(0x9f7c839c) von 5 Sternen reminder of where America should be headed 11. November 2011
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I went in to this book a bit skeptical due to our current state of politics, but came out with a solid overview of the current economic state, how we got here and how we will move on to better things. I hope this has an impact on politics or at least voters because I feel more optimistic that there are realistic solutions to our problems here in the US.

Unfortunately, I am not sure that our polarized politicians are open to common sense solutions. How I wish that we were back in the 90's, and not just because the economy was better. Politicians were actually interested in the long-term policy of the US instead of bickering.

As a moderate voter, it was refreshing to read a little bit of common sense and honest and clear explanations of economic policy matters. Highly recommended and easy to read!
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HASH(0x9f7cb30c) von 5 Sternen Bill Clinton addresses an articulate, hands on plan for economic re-vitalization, for readers of his new book. 8. November 2011
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"I wrote this book because I love my country and I'm concerned about our future. ... It's heartbreaking to see so many people trapped in a web of enforced idleness, deep debt, and gnawing self-doubt... We have to change that. ...I do believe in American exceptionalism.... We've got to get America back in the future business. ... And we can." --Bill Clinton

Under President WJ Clinton's leadership, the United States enjoyed strong economic growth, and the longest economic expansion in our history. His policies of community building, through creating opportunity resulted in progress never enjoyed before by America. His credentials for this timely book include the creation of 22 million jobs, moving the nation from record deficits to record surplus; the highest home ownership and college enrollment rates in US history. After leaving the White House, he established the Clinton Foundation, bringing together world leaders to create and implement new solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues. The Clinton Global Initiative's mission is to strengthen capabilities of the United States and peoples all around the globe to meet the challenges of the future.

Bill Clinton addresses an articulate, hands on plan for economic re-vitalization, for readers of his new book. His core message, is the need to put Americans back to work. His manifesto, in a slim volume packed with recipes and ideas on how to fix America's broken job apparatus, is put together by a former president, who knows he cannot run for the top job anymore! Mr. Clinton has always been an informed reader of books, governmental studies, academic and journalism reports, in addition to his updated connections on the most pressing subjects. His formulas for creating jobs and addressing the debt problem integrate those views. Moreover, as founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, he comprehend the nature, the politics and economics of globalization and the significance of our age of technology outburst.

The former president argues that both government and the private sector, as well as the Democrats and Republicans, need to work together to assure a better future for America. He saves his strongest criticism for what he calls the "anti-government" movement, including the tea party, that seeks to reduce the role of government, cut spending and taxes, and scale back regulations in the pretence to stimulate the economy and cut the deficit. He also claims, Republicans have tried to mess up his legacy, "the greatest accomplishment of the anti-government Republicans was not to reduce the size of the federal government but to stop paying for it," he advocates. He presents charts on job creation and economic growth, that places him near the top with Republicans near the bottom.

Mr. Clinton offers about four dozens of defined proposals "to increase bank lending and corporate investment, to create more jobs that pay well, and to make sure we have enough people trained to fill them." Leading among his proposals is to end the mortgage mess, lower corporate tax rates while reducing credits and deductions, promote the creation of new green-technology jobs, rebuild the 21st-century America's infrastructure, and provide a deterrent legislation that impedes laying off workers. He observes elsewhere, "There remains a lot of space for a real, productive debate, areas in which both Democrats and Republicans could contribute to bipartisan solutions that actually get our country back in the future business."

The former president lays out various ideas for unwinding the mortgage mess and amending tax laws to give corporations incentives to bring more money back to the United States. He offers positive advise, enhancing optimism in the face of disappointing unemployment figures. Some of his suggestions just ratify the Obama administration initiatives, including payroll tax cuts, student loan programs, and infrastructure investment. Some of his proposals are recommended by the Simpson-Bowles bipartisan debt commission, as those regarding Social Security. Others including streamlining regulation, better job training, adding immigrant youngsters to Americans, for filling STEM jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as set forth earlier by NY Mayor.

Reviewing the critical, and by now alarming, statistics that show America is falling behind in high school and college graduation rates, science and math scores and income mobility, Mr. Clinton writes that 'the troubling thing about all these rankings' is 'not what they say about where we are, but what they reveal about where we're going'. He stresses, "We simply are not doing what we have to do to stay ahead of the competition for good jobs, new businesses, and breakthrough innovations." In the end this book seems meant less as a detailed blueprint for job creation than a catalyst for getting people to focus on the serious issues facing the nation which Mr. Clinton says is 'in a mess now', and the necessity of doing so right away.
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HASH(0x9f7cb984) von 5 Sternen I Like it, not Love it. 22. November 2011
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Bill Clinton's "BACK TO WORK" argues that we need government to work efficiently with the private sector to promote maximum economic growth. He provides specific examples of things that are in his view flawed with our current economic system and a second section on how he would fix it. It has a lot of great arguments like (my favorite one) how to get banks to loan out the money they have stored in the Fed. I recommend this book for those interested in THIRD WAY politics or those in the mood for a moderate-left list of government-led solutions to growing the economy in America.
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