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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Clinton Narrator: Bill Clinton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and pursuing a strategy to get us "back in the future business.” He explains how we got into the current economic crisis, and offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, restore our manufacturing base, and create new businesses. He supports President Obama’s emphasis on green technology, saying that changing the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy while enhancing our national security.

Clinton also stresses that we need a strong private sector and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress, demonstrating that whenever we’ve given in to the temptation to blame government for all our problems, we’ve lost our ability to produce sustained economic growth and shared prosperity.

Clinton writes, “There is simply no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy,” based on “a philosophy grounded in ‘you’re on your own’ rather than ‘we’re all in this together.’ ” He believes that conflict between government and the private sector has proved to be good politics but has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with not enough jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position. In the real world, cooperation works much better than conflict, and “Americans need victories in real life.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carolyn | 2/15/2014

    " I am a fan of Bill Clinton's so it is no surprise that I like this book. He does a really good job of explaining how we got into our current economic mess and offers some interesting ways to move forward. With that said, there is a generous amount of what comes off as bragging regarding his accomplishments as POTUS. Still, I recommend this book as a good way to jumpstart some interesting discussions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Eric | 2/7/2014

    " I LOVE listening to BC get interviewed and give speeches, but this book sort of rambled on and I lost interest. Even though his points, when he got to them, where GREAT. Wish it was better organized for short-attention-span folks such as myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Catherine | 1/31/2014

    " I liked this book. I think Clinton has a lot of good ideas. However, I could have done without the ways that he saved America and how the Republicans ruined it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandon Baggett | 1/24/2014

    " To be straight forward, this book wasn't that bad. Bill Clinton speaks about a lot of great ideas that if the government could just work together, they would see that they really are good ideas. There were two things in the book that did keep popping up that rubbed me wrong though. Clinton mentioned a lot of reasons why would should have praised him more for his time in office, I just don't like it when people try to get glory. The second is that he kept assuming that a lot of people that would read his book would be completely and utterly against government. This is just not true for most people with a brain. Other than that, his steps are clear and easily understood. "

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