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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (61 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bill Bradley Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781400174485
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What will it take to make America a better, stronger, truer country? asks the bestselling author, former Knicks star, and onetime presidential candidate. Bill Bradley believes that America is at a teachable moment when we are compelled to re-evaluate our political system, our leadership, our agenda as a nation, and ourselves as citizens. With clarity and urgency, Bradley shows why the story we are being told now about who we are as a people is not true. He then offers a new story about our nation, based on America’s rich heritage and his belief in the character of the American people. Bradley explores what changes need to be made in our parties, in our politics, and in citizen activism to ensure America’s future. He asserts that the American people are ready for the truth and suggests that the party that chooses to embrace this new story will be in power for a generation. 

Writing from his own experience in politics and drawing on his knowledge of history, Bradley shows how the Republican Party has built a solid pyramid structure since the 1970s, at the base of which are money, ideas, and media, whereas the Democratic Party’s structure is an inverted pyramid, with too much emphasis put on the need for a charismatic leader to hold the pyramid up. Each party, for different reasons, fails to deal with the real issues that now confront America. 

This informed and inspiring call to action is addressed not only to the parties and elected leaders, but to citizens as well. Bradley proposes things every American can do to shape our nation’s future. He points out that if eighty percent of the electorate voted, instead of fifty percent, it would be the most important change in American politics since women got the vote. Now more than ever, he says, we need to embrace an “ethic of connectedness,” a combination of collective action and individual responsibility, to solve our nation’s most pressing problems, and he argues that the fate of all countries is bound together as never before. Writing today with the freedom of a private citizen, Bradley provides this transformative and eye-opening book about the danger and the promise of America’s choice at this crucial moment in the nation’s history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bradley puts forward a tough, plainspoken indictment of the Republicans and a vigorous and substantive Democratic reform program that deserves to be read and debated.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A thoughtful look at American politics for citizens of whatever political persuasion.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 10/4/2013

    " I <3 Bill Bradley! Way to articulate a progressive, productive view of the potential of American society! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 9/4/2013

    " If only this book had been more widely read prior to the finacial troubles we are currently experiencing. Bradley outlines a number of things that we as a nation should be looking to do to help achieve our New American Story. Progressives and conservatives alike will find something in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kirk Bower | 7/1/2013

    " Maybe I expected more, but I felt it came up short. Didn't follow through with some thoughts, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 3/10/2013

    " A hopeful and thinking book. Practical answers to our HUGE problems in the US and reasons why no one is acting. I felt empowered by this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Berthold | 8/10/2012

    " decent overview of where we stand as a country in reference to the ideals of a democracy in action and a plan towards the future...well worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 3/17/2011

    " Another great book that I had the privilege of having Bill Bradley coming to my school and speaking about the American values of today. Great read, got his autograph that i brag a lot about today hahahahaha. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/2/2011

    " Political, sensible, but not enough action recommendations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim Hassett | 2/22/2010

    " After the first 100 pages, this book is in the long list of "Bush-bashing" books by Democratic Party hopefuls. I'll give it another 100 pages to see if anything reasonable and creative is offered. Bradley is an intelligent man but I'm disappointed so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vince Carter | 2/13/2010

    " Inciteful analysis on why our political system is impeding our government from accomplishing anything needed and ideas for changing that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/14/2009

    " Another great book that I had the privilege of having Bill Bradley coming to my school and speaking about the American values of today. Great read, got his autograph that i brag a lot about today hahahahaha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/23/2008

    " I <3 Bill Bradley! Way to articulate a progressive, productive view of the potential of American society! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 10/17/2008

    " Political, sensible, but not enough action recommendations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 10/11/2008

    " A hopeful and thinking book. Practical answers to our HUGE problems in the US and reasons why no one is acting. I felt empowered by this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jim | 6/16/2008

    " After the first 100 pages, this book is in the long list of "Bush-bashing" books by Democratic Party hopefuls. I'll give it another 100 pages to see if anything reasonable and creative is offered. Bradley is an intelligent man but I'm disappointed so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/21/2008

    " If only this book had been more widely read prior to the finacial troubles we are currently experiencing. Bradley outlines a number of things that we as a nation should be looking to do to help achieve our New American Story. Progressives and conservatives alike will find something in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 6/28/2007

    " The best political book I've read in awhile. Very honest and non-partisan. "

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About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.