Buy Used
£12.31
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: A very nice looking book. No creasing, soiling, or writing. Tightly bound. Packaged and shipped with care. Orders to US and Canadian destinations ship with tracking. Please allow up to 10 business days to arrive in the UK from Canada
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government Hardcover – 1 Nov 2009

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£10.34 £10.44
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business School Press; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422166368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422166369
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.7 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,195,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"Eggers and O'Leary may have created a new genre--the Government Policy Thriller. We couldn't get enough of the stories--good policies gone bad, great ideas that flew off the rails, and, occasionally, the stunning triumph that gives us hope that we can get to the moon again." - Chip and Dan Heath, coauthors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
"A clear-eyed look at how to get the best out of our public institutions. Instead of easy answers, the authors offer practical suggestions for successful execution in a very challenging and complex environment. A must-read for political leaders." --Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
"As we sort out the cross-pressures in twenty-first-century government, this book is a useful and lively guide to how to make things work. Driven by practical cases and pragmatic lessons, it's an invaluable road map to the government of the future." - Donald F. Kettl, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
"If We Can Send a Man to the Moon is the rare book that made me both shake my head in disbelief and nod my head with possibility. Eggers and O'Leary offer a trenchant analysis of how good government intentions can go awry. But they also show how sharper thinking and keener attention to design can help governments at all levels serve citizens better. Pick up two copies--one to read yourself, the other to send to your favorite elected official." - Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
"After serving as a mayor, a congressman for twenty years, and as a secretary of two cabinet-level departments in two administrations from different political parties, I can attest that the challenges of executing successful government programs exist at all levels of government, in all parties, and in all locations. Eggers and O'Leary present exactly the most common traps that lead to a failure of execution, but more importantly they present ways to help avoid those traps. Their ideas should be presented to

Eggers and O Leary may have created a new genrethe Government Policy Thriller. We couldn t get enough of the storiesgood policies gone bad, great ideas that flew off the rails, and, occasionally, the stunning triumph that gives us hope that we can get to the moon again. - Chip and Dan Heath, coauthors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
A clear-eyed look at how to get the best out of our public institutions. Instead of easy answers, the authors offer practical suggestions for successful execution in a very challenging and complex environment. A must-read for political leaders. --Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
As we sort out the cross-pressures in twenty-first-century government, this book is a useful and lively guide to how to make things work. Driven by practical cases and pragmatic lessons, it s an invaluable road map to the government of the future. - Donald F. Kettl, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
If We Can Send a Man to the Moon is the rare book that made me both shake my head in disbelief and nod my head with possibility. Eggers and O Leary offer a trenchant analysis of how good government intentions can go awry. But they also show how sharper thinking and keener attention to design can help governments at all levels serve citizens better. Pick up two copiesone to read yourself, the other to send to your favorite elected official. - Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
After serving as a mayor, a congressman for twenty years, and as a secretary of two cabinet-level departments in two administrations from different political parties, I can attest that the challenges of executing successful government programs exist at all levels of government, in all parties, and in all locations. Eggers and O Leary present exactly the most common traps that lead to a failure of execution, but more importantly they present ways to help avoid those traps. Their ideas should be presented to all government employees. - Former Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta
"

About the Author

William D. Eggers is one of the country's best known authorities on government reform. An author, a columnist, and popular speaker, for two decades Eggers has built a significant following among public sector thought leaders in America and overseas. His columns in Governing and Public CIO and feature articles in Government Executive regularly reach more than 100,000 readers. He is a sought after speaker, giving close to 100 speeches a year. Currently Mr. Eggers is the Global Research Director for Deloitte's public sector practice and Executive Director of its Public Leadership Institute. He is the author of several books on government reform.

John O'Leary has both government and private sector experience. An expert in business process engineering, Mr. O'Leary has been a Vice President of Operations at Scudder Kemper Investments, the Director of Business Process Reengineering at Lycos, and a consulting manager with KPMG Peat Marwick. He is a 1984 graduate of MIT and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
1
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Perhaps you've heard the old complaint: "If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we...?" This argument can apply to many challenges facing the US today. But help is on the way. Public policy experts William D. Eggers and John O'Leary have figured out an amusing way to discuss this very serious issue. They ask: Why does the US now seem unable to solve its most intractable problems? And their answers are discomfiting, though their jocular style may make you laugh and nod your head. They cite compelling examples - including the Challenger and Columbia disasters, Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war and Enron - to illustrate times when government worked and times when it didn't. They find that democratic government is sown with seven "traps" that can keep its practitioners from getting crucial work done. But despair not! Here's how good public administration can spring those traps open. getAbstract is confident this book will send policy makers, bureaucrats and concerned citizens over the moon.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 34 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish my textbooks had been this interesting 12 April 2010
By James A. Vedda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Examining dozens of case studies on large U.S. government projects, the authors illustrate the challenges faced by government decision-makers and agencies in policy formulation, implementation, and oversight, and the extraordinary difficulty in getting the incentives right in all of these phases. Speaking as someone who has spent the past quarter-century directly supporting federal agencies and studying their large-scale projects as an academic, I believe the authors have done a superb job of capturing the essential issues that can either enable or hinder success. And refreshingly, they do it in a balanced, non-partisan way.
The only point that doesn't quite ring true is the authors' contention that program design should (and could) be addressed in more detail in the legislative drafting phase. The Congress doesn't have the time or expertise to do this in most cases. Aside from the highly visible issues that prompt 1200-page bills, the Congress often purposely leaves the details to the implementing agencies, for better or worse. The authors' suggestion that an independent "policy design review" by subject-matter experts be conducted in the legislative phase seems sensible at first, but raises many questions: Will there be time to fit this into the 2-year legislative cycle? How will the review be funded? Will partisans and interest groups be able to put undue influence on the selection of the study panel or the direction of its results?
Despite this one criticism, this is an important book that provides an informative and thought-provoking read for students and professionals alike. Each of the chapters ends with a summary reminiscent of a textbook, but the book's style is far more compelling than any textbook I remember from my school days. The final chapter is especially noteworthy, powerfully ending the book with profiles of two individuals, one a political appointee and politician, and the other a career bureaucrat. The reader comes away with a heightened appreciation for the government's potential to accomplish great things. I hope this does get used as a textbook so more students will see the possibilities and be drawn to public service.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all public sector enthusiasts!!! 17 Nov. 2009
By C. Han - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must say that this new book - along with its very creative title - tops my favorite book list for public management! Indeed, "If We Can Put A Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government" is a very well-researched, thought-provoking piece on how government can turn novel ideas into real results. The "seven deadly traps" framework that the authors innovatively develop and present resonates well with me. As a MPA graduate and public sector consultant by training, I truly appreciate authors' new, refreshing ways to depict and analyze complicated issues and stimulate provocative ideas.

In difficult times like this when great ideas ought to find their ways to effectively deliver desired results, this is a MUST-READ for those in the public sector leadership and management positions and others who are interested in civic leadership and making effective changes within government. It's time to leverage the cutting-edge ideas from the private sector and learn from the lessons of the ups-and-downs facing public sector initiatives so that government entities of all levels can become more efficient and effective.

Eggers and O'Leary did a fantastic job in combining leading theories and best practices to present innovative yet pragmatic solutions unique to the specific challenges and issues facing government and their stakeholders. If you are short of time to read through the entire book - which is a great easy-read regardless, turn to the "Field Guide" pages of each chapter and you will find the sensible SOLUTIONS with all the manageable tools and techniques to work through your problems....

A 5-star, highly recommended book for students who aspire to be effective public sector managers and leaders and those public sector veterans alike who strive to help make our world a better one for everyone!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How-to Manual for Effective Government 30 Jun. 2010
By Michael Belfiore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Taking Project Apollo as its launching point, Eggers and O'Leary walk us through the steps required to get any ambitious project done in government. Along the way we learn that government has become less effective since the moon landing, according do those responsible for implementing policy--and most importantly, why.

But rather than rail on what's wrong with the way things get done (or not) in government, the authors show us how to fix what's wrong. Rather than cast blame, they show us how all of us can pull together to get things done, from politicians and those responsible for implementing policy, right down to ordinary voters.

Engaging, real-life examples of successes and failures, fascinating profiles of lesser-known yet highly influential personalities, and a down-to-earth and easy-to-read style make this a compelling read for anyone concerned about where our government is taking us today.

-=Michael Belfiore, author of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Remaking Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Concise, Case-centric 9 Feb. 2014
By Adam H - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
So many management books rely on academic studies which, to say the least, are boring.

This book takes the case-study approach. The topics discussed are easily relatable to projects the reader may have already finished or is in in the middle of. Highly recommended for somebody looking for fresh perspective (and not a textbook.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for project management insights into federal government. 21 Jun. 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am a retired civil servant who worked in some capacities on several of the large issues covered in the book in a mid management, analyst role. I found the history and lessons learned were spot on. I highly recommend it to those who don't want to repeat some of the failures of the past. It is also an enjoyable experience.
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know


Feedback