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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (49 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Newt Gingrich, Terry L. Maple Narrator: Callista Gingrich Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Focusing the environmental debate on the principle of common commitment, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and eminent conservationist Terry L. Maple present A Contract with the Earth. They declare a need for bipartisan environmentalism—a new era of environmental stewardship with principles that they believe most Americans will share.

While acknowledging that liberals and conservatives do not see eye to eye on many issues, Gingrich and Maple argue successfully that environmental stewardship is a mainstream value that transcends partisan politics. Their thoughtful approaches to our environmental challenges are based on three main premises: environmental leadership is integral to America’s role in the world, technologically savvy environmental entrepreneurs can and should be the cornerstone of environmental solutions, and cooperation and incentives must be dramatically increased to achieve workable and broadly supported environmental solutions.

Gingrich and Maple believe that most people—regardless of how they categorize themselves politically—are weary of the legal and political conflicts that prevent individuals and communities from realizing the benefits of environmental conservation. The foundation of the book—a ten-point contract with the earth—promotes ingenuity over rhetoric as the way forward.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gore and Gingrich, both enjoying their ‘elder’ status, now must watch as their White House–hopeful juniors wrestle with their enviro-ideas. But here’s a prediction: those who follow Gingrich’s techno-optimism will have an easier time than those who put on Gore’s hair shirt.”

    Newsday

  • “Offers a new approach to the challenges of the twenty-first century.”

    NPR

  • “Gingrich offers some good ideas.”

    E—The Environmental Magazine

  • “‘Ten commitments’ call for politicians to abandon adversarial politics and for businessmen and conservationists to form ‘compatible partnerships.’”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This serves as a useful reminder that the debate about environmental policy is far from over. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Craig Broccoli | 5/8/2013

    " Some parts made me laugh because of its simplistic point of view, it is a very quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shaun | 2/1/2013

    " I thought this book was okay. There are plenty of things we can do to improve the environment, but it won't be solved by government. Only businesses and motivated individuals can do their part to make a difference. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Drew Johnson | 9/21/2011

    " I expect more from Newt. A mere recollection of the importance of conservation and some success in doing so. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amanda Linehan | 6/13/2011

    " This book was OK, nothing remarkable and not bad either. It was surprising to see him come out in full force of what I see as liberal policies, but nothing that he wrote about was groundbreaking. "

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