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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David M. Walker Narrator: Bob Walter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9780307713988
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He's one of America's most capable, canny, candid, and independent financial experts. Now David M. Walker sounds a call to action. Comeback America is a tough-minded, innovative, inspiring guide to help us avoid the approaching economic abyss and put the country back on track again.

As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—"the nation's top auditor"—Walker warned Congress and the administration as the federal surplus became a giant deficit under George W. Bush. As president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, he now works full-time to raise public awareness regarding mounting debt burdens being imposed on future generations. Comeback America is his crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems—before it's too late.

Walker believes that by 2030, absent significant reforms to current government programs and policies, federal taxes could double from current levels, meaning less money and poorer education for kids—which will hurt families along with our nation's economic strength and position in the world. If our foreign creditors—such as China—decide to buy fewer of our Treasury bonds, interest rates will rise and cars and homes will become less affordable.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Comeback America shows how we can return to our founding principles of fiscal responsibility and stewardship for future generations. The book includes bold ideas to control spending, save Social Security, dramatically alter Medicare, and simplify the tax code—all taking into account the Obama Administration's current efforts, which receive never-before-published assessments both complimentary and critical.

    Nonpartisan, nonideological, and filled with a love of the country its esteemed author has spent his life serving, Comeback America is a book for anyone interested in America's economic future—in other words, a book everyone should read.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Comeback America is a brilliant, factual, and highly readable account of our current fiscal predicament, how we got there, how we can escape, and what we should do in the future.  It is a must read by every American, especially our elected leaders. Carla Hills, U.S. Trade Representative under President George H.W. Bush (41)
  • Every American should read David Walker's clear analysis of our dangerous future federal budget deficits and of our current political system.  One might not agree with all of Walker's opinions and recommendations, but they should stimulate serious debate about issues that will determine the future of our society; and hopefully contribute to moving forward on those issues. Robert Rubin, Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations and Former Secretary of Treasury
  • If you're a politician or citizen ready to get a grip—on budgets, spending, entitlement, and health-care reform—the ideas in Comeback America are a good starting point for a discussion. Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “If you’re a politician or citizen ready to get a grip—on budgets, spending, entitlement, and health-care reform—the ideas in Comeback America are a good starting point for a discussion.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Please read this book by David Walker. No one has worked harder, been armed with more facts, written more clearly and been more dedicated to the mission of restoring confidence in our fiscal affairs and trust in government. Paul Volcker, Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board and Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve
  • Dave Walker has lifted the hood on the federal government, diagnosed the problems, and provided a number of sensible suggestions to help restore America's greatness. READ THIS BOOK IF YOU CARE ABOUT AMERICA’S FUTURE. Ross Perot
  • David Walker shows us how to regain fiscal sanity and why, if we don't, we're at risk of bequeathing a lower standard of living to our children and becoming a second rate power.  Every American should read this book because Walker gives us specific solutions, and shows there is still hope. Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley
  • DavidWalker has drawn a true frightening and fact-based picture of a looming crisis; a crisis that will make the recent financial meltdown seem like a walk in the park.  If this analysis doesn't stir you to action nothing will. Paul O'Neill, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush (43)
  • “No one has worked harder, been armed with more facts, written more clearly, and been more dedicated to the mission of restoring confidence in our fiscal affairs and trust in government.”

    Paul Volcker, chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board and former chairman of the Federal Reserve 

  • “Dave Walker has lifted the hood on the federal government, diagnosed the problems, and provided a number of sensible suggestions to help restore America’s greatness.”

    Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems

  • “David Walker shows us how to regain fiscal sanity and why, if we don’t, we’re at risk of bequeathing a lower standard of living to our children and becoming a second rate power. Every American should read this book because Walker gives us specific solutions, and shows there is still hope.”

    Bill Bradley, former congressman from New Jersey

  • “David Walker has drawn a true frightening and fact-based picture of a looming crisis; a crisis that will make the recent financial meltdown seem like a walk in the park. If this analysis doesn’t stir you to action, nothing will.”

    Paul O’Neill, former US secretary of the treasury

  • Comeback America is a brilliant, factual, and highly readable account of our current fiscal predicament, how we got there, how we can escape, and what we should do in the future.”

    Carla Hills, former US trade representative

  • “One might not agree with all of Walker’s opinions and recommendations, but they should stimulate serious debate about issues that will determine the future of our society and hopefully contribute to moving forward on those issues.”

    Robert Rubin, former US secretary of the treasury

  • A New York Times bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas Miller | 2/9/2014

    " A great read on the financial situation America finds itself in and how we arrived here. Though the author presents himself as a fiscal conservative, I felt he presented his case in a non-partisan tone and used hard numbers to back his claims. I found myself agreeing with most everything in the book. Anyone interested in the financial future of our nation should give this a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wally | 1/14/2014

    " Fantastic book on the problems that America is facing after decades of splurging. I especially enjoyed the author's non-partisan view, pointing fingers at both parties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aslam Rawoof | 1/8/2014

    " Little too simplistic for my taste. I respect the author, though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steven | 12/9/2013

    " Mr. Walker has written a "fiscal policy for dummies" book and tried to pass it off as an intelligent, nonpartisan look at governmental spending (while mostly ignoring revenue). His oversimplification of the issues combined with his completely unrealistic suggestions make this a book to avoid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/15/2013

    " A good primer on the dangers of America's worsening fiscal predicament, how we reached this point and suggestions on turning it around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 3/15/2013

    " Walker was comptroller general for 10 years. He knows Washington, the Federal debt crisis and is not shy about offering solutions. It should be a requirement to know what is in this book to vote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/23/2013

    " I wish this was required reading before anyone was allowed to vote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Sells bushman | 2/13/2013

    " I would give this book 10 stars if I could. Be sure to check out the movie IOUSA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jodi | 7/30/2012

    " If we could put Walker in charge of the budget, our nation would be in much better shape. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gmastalli | 1/17/2012

    " okay but thin on political realities "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/31/2011

    " What I learned: we had better get our heads out of our butts or we will be leaving our children and grandchildren much poorer than we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 7/4/2011

    " A must read for any public official "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamra | 12/3/2010

    " Will make you want to move to Canada.

    Should it be so hard to balance our budget and pay off our national debt? Increase revenue and decrease spending. Let's get to it already. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 9/28/2010

    " A good primer on the dangers of America's worsening fiscal predicament, how we reached this point and suggestions on turning it around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 8/1/2010

    " A must read for any public official "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 5/20/2010

    " What I learned: we had better get our heads out of our butts or we will be leaving our children and grandchildren much poorer than we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 5/5/2010

    " Walker was comptroller general for 10 years. He knows Washington, the Federal debt crisis and is not shy about offering solutions. It should be a requirement to know what is in this book to vote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walter | 2/24/2010

    " Fantastic book on the problems that America is facing after decades of splurging. I especially enjoyed the author's non-partisan view, pointing fingers at both parties. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 2/21/2010

    " Great book, really speaks to the problems that face us. The problem is I doubt anyone will listen to the advice and plan put forth in this book. And that scares me.

    Read this book. Make your own decision. "

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About the Author

David M. Walker served as the seventh comptroller general of the United States and was the CEO of the US Government Accountability Office from 1998 to 2008. Currently the president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Walker is a frequent speaker, writer, commentator, and congressional witness. He has appeared on a significant number of television networks, cable channels, and radio programs and has written for many major publications.

About the Narrator

Bob Walter is a producer, director, and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his work as a music producer and sound effects designer for the movies Halloween, The Little Brave Toaster, and Apocalypse Now. His audiobook narrations include several nonfiction and fiction titles from Hachette, Random House, and HarperCollins, among others.