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4.0 out of 5 stars A Conservative Call to Action, 7 Aug. 2009
James Gallen (St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.) - See all my reviews
"Real Change" is Newt Gingrich's call for reforms which will enable America to live up to its potential. It compares the private world that works with the public world that fails. Gingrich focuses on several fields in which change is imperative if America is to remain competitive in the world. He highlights failures in education, the response to Katrina, health care, the War on Terror, transportation, the eivironment and other categories. His sharpest criticism is directed toward the usual culprits, the Utopian Left which fails to recognize the threat posed by Islamo-Fascism, unions which put the interests of their members ahead of the customers they serve and Big Government which tries to substitute its bureaucratic gridlock for private sector flexibility. He holds Michigan out as an example of the failure to which left wings policies can lead a state. He shows that Conservativism is not one big "No" but a formula that promises success, not failure.

I find his call to action to be inspiring, but at times hollow. I am in awe when I realize what is possible, before plunging into despair when I realize the magnitude of our opposition. Gingrich give many examples of horrors. Every once in a while he strays into a topic about which I have enough knowledge to realize that either the example is an aberration or that there are other facts which prove it to be not the horror that it seems. On the issue of facing the challenging terrorism, I recommend a comparison of this book with Dinesh D'Souza's "The Enemy at Home" (See my Amazon review). Although both conservatives present well thought out arguments, they take different approaches to the problem and come to different conclusions. Despite its limitations it is an excellent read. I encourage all to pick it up and to identify a field in which you can make a difference and help bring America the real change that we need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Political Mind of our time, 6 Nov. 2008
A. J. Smith (UK) - See all my reviews
Newt has done it again. While many may think that Real Change bears similarities with Winning the Future, and in many ways it does, that in itself is not a bad thing at all.
Most of the fundamental issues facing America are eviscerated in this timely polemic. Social Security is broken, and will be a vortex in the US economy unless it is reformed, but were it to be reformed with Newt's model, it would not only be saved, but revolutionized into the most prosperous social program immagineable. Immigration reform is dealt with in the most commonsense, inclusive approach one could imagine. Indeed the Tom Tancredo's of this world would feel foolish reading that chapter.
But more than being a blow by blow assault on all the major issues facing America today, Newt's book is in many ways a self help book, a guide to changing perspectives and perceptions in a way that is catalystic to human progress.
The mishandling of Iraq, the failure of the Katrina response, are all widely denounced as examples of the world that fails.
To get to the world that works, we need to change the perspective, adopt an attitude of "yes if" rather than "no because", and implement metrics as a means of measuring progress and accomplishing the goals.
But more than anything, this book is a powerful case for the virtues of active citizenship, rather than reliance on a wasteful and inefficient bureaucracy.
Order this book, watch as Fed Ex delivers it on time, and ask yourself whether the ineffecient government agencies could provide a better service. Newt will explain why from page one onwards.
A masterly work of political brilliance from the greatest political mind of our time.
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