A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great

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Wiley, Jun 5, 2012 - Political Science - 256 pages
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Governor Ed Rendell explains why America's leaders rarely call for sacrifice for the greater good—to avoid making any sacrifices themselves!

Rendell has seen job security become the primary consideration of any person with power in America—their own job security! Most politicians and bureaucrats can see no further ahead than the next election, sometimes no further than the next press conference. Americans are rarely afraid of sacrifice and hard work when they mean building a better future, but when was the last time you heard of a leader of anything making a sacrifice for the greater good? The people can only win when they make it clear to the powers that be that making the right choices, even the hard ones, is the key to winning the next election.

  • Explains in rollicking stories ranging from the profane to the profound that most hard choices are only "hard" because the polls conflict with your principles
  • Ed Rendell rose to the top of Philadelphia, then Pennsylvania, then national politics, by doing what he thought was right, and there were plenty of times that looked like it would be his downfall as well
  • This book revisits the high points of Ed Rendell's career and current landscape to define the political fights his peers seem just as afraid of winning as losing
  • Rendell is a former head of the Democratic National Committee, a current MSNBC Senior Political Analyst, and a Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP

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A NATION OF WUSSES: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great

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Veteran Democratic politico Rendell prescribes a potent tonic for today's anemic leadership, simultaneously looking back on his spirited 30-plus years in elected office.Whether as district attorney ... Read full review

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well written by one of my favorite democrats... tells it like it is.... good read. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

ED RENDELL served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (2002–2010) and headed the Democratic National Committee in 2000. Now a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, and a senior political analyst for MSNBC, he also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is a regular on SportsNet's post-game live show for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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