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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (636 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Iacocca Narrator: Lee Iacocca Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN: 9780743564144
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The most widely recognized business executive of all time asks the tough questions that America's leaders must address:

What is each of us giving back to our country?

Do we truly love democracy?

Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good?

Why is America addicted to oil?

Do we really care about our children's futures?

Who will save the middle class?

Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis -- such as today. He has known more leaders than almost anybody else -- including nine U.S. presidents, many heads of state, CEOs of the nation's top corporations, celebrities, and even a pope -- and is uniquely suited to share his wisdom, knowledge, and wit about the leadership of America. Lee Iacocca does not mince words, and in Where Have All the Leaders Gone? he offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008. He also shares his lessons learned, and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots of hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism.

Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Provocative…timely.” 

    USA Today

  • “The book’s strength lies in Iacocca’s emotional honesty, which shines when he details the reasons he passed on a Presidential run, how he felt when his wife died and his frustration at the poor decisions he’s made during his retirement.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Iacocca presents a brutal analysis of cronyism in Washington, D.C., the abysmal situation in Iraq, and failed policies at home, he is not a pessimist. With a reputation as a straight shooter, he hopes to inspire more young people to vote. This is a surprisingly outspoken take on the pressing need for real leadership in this country.” 

    Booklist

  • “Iacocca’s voice and scrappy personality are a perfect match for his straight-from-the-gut opinions…he conveys a level of emotional engagement that’s perfect for the character of his writing.” 

    AudioFile

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aaron | 2/17/2014

    " I didn't finish the book. The content seemed to be primarily a rant against George Bush. Since Bush is no longer in the White House, I believe the content will be irrelevant for most readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanne | 2/13/2014

    " I had hoped for an insightful memoir from a powerful man who has finally realized (too late) that the US auto industry should have built something other than SUV's for the last decade. I found a light easy-to-read book with interesting vignettes but little depth. Surprisingly, Iacocca expresses much greater disagreement with the current administration than I would have expected, hence the search for real leaders. Still, by the end of the book I felt he hadn't really answered (or fully addressed) the question in the title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 1/27/2014

    " I saw a couple of reviews stating Lee was ranting. Ok, there may have been some of that but he is spot on with how the U.S. Is messed up and we need leaders to turn us around. That means YOU. Funny how this book was written on 2006 and what Lee wrote about four years ago is still happening. Be a leader for you, your family, your work, and your life. This was an inspirational book. A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 1/26/2014

    " Interesting take on today's leaders. Very well written, not taking either political side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 1/20/2014

    " Why isn't he in charge???? Brilliant! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley Graw | 1/15/2014

    " Bush bashing in it's finest. I thought this book would be more centered around Lee's leadership and success but instead he mainly bashes Bush and the government. There are a few good parts but nothing you can't get from Google. If you want to focus on your hatred of Bush, read this book, if you don't, I don't recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/5/2014

    " it is good to here some straight talk for a change, instead of just the politics that every one is always hearing. He brings up many good points on things such as free trade needs to be fair trade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/30/2013

    " So far - this book is a lot like what it would be to sit down at a party with Lee Iacocca when he's had a little to drink and wants to chat ... its a lot of his opinion on things - but its an informed opinion which makes it very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 9/19/2013

    " A must read in these times of political strife. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Outen | 4/28/2013

    " This man is one of the greatest Americans ever. He is able to see the world for what it truly is. The good and the bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 theresa | 4/22/2013

    " After sifting through Lee's self promotion and politics there were several nuggets of wisdom about the lack of leadership in today's society. I would highly recommend this book, if only as a roadmap to identify leaders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MJ | 12/26/2012

    " This was a good read. Mr. Iaocca made some very astute observation about America today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/7/2012

    " This was an incredible, common sense book. I found it very hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 6/4/2012

    " Great read. A must read for managers and future leaders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bumby Scott | 5/29/2012

    " This book provides a well balanced view from someone that has lived loge enough to have made mistakes and recovered from them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Roberts | 3/29/2012

    " Really good book. Something I wasn't expecting. Iacocca has alot of wisdom, and he shares it here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/12/2011

    " It's refreshing to read some political thought by someone who isn't entrenched in a particular party. In one respect, there's nothing in hear you don't already know. In another respect, this is full of no non-sense advice we all probably need to hear once in a while. Read this before November 2008. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Rasberry | 1/26/2011

    " I enjoyed it. It was easy to read and informative on many subjects. If I had to offer a criticism it would be that it meandered a little from chapter to chapter, but I didn't mind that too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/8/2011

    " I love the author's view of our lost motivation, lost work ethic, and lost value system. I've lived in the US during the times he speaks of, we have lost ground. It's time for us all to do something positive to win it all back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/22/2010

    " I really liked this book. I don't know if he actually wrote it or had a ghost writer do it - but it felt authentic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nephi | 7/9/2010

    " Lee has a huge ego. Bashes Bush for the first few chapters. His 9 C's are corny. But the book is a pretty interesting read, and he has some really good ideas. He would have made a better president than either Bush or Obama. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelica | 5/15/2010

    " Easy read. Don't agree with a lot of his opinions, but it was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Max | 5/7/2010

    " Amongst the Bush administration being bashed there are some good points made. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 4/23/2010

    " A lot of Bush bashing, a bit of automobile manufacturing history, a lot of real common sense, a dash of humor and some more Bush bashing for good measure. A very fast, fun read. Good, basic lessons for leadership. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 3/18/2010

    " Great book, smart man, to bad we can't vote him into office. Boy we are in so much trouble as a country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bumby | 3/12/2010

    " This book provides a well balanced view from someone that has lived loge enough to have made mistakes and recovered from them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 1/15/2010

    " Iacocca does an excellent job discussing past and present business and poltical leaders. Worth a look. "

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About the Author

Lee Iacocca is the influential former president of Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation and the author of several bestselling books on his life and leadership philosophies. He spends his time traveling, speaking, teaching, and supporting the Iacocca Foundation, which funds research for a cure for diabetes.