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

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Praise for A Nation of Wusses

"Ed Rendell is one of the more refreshing and insightful voices in the conversation around American politics. He is a rare breed who tells the truth even when it doesn't support his agenda. This book is a clever, intelligent, and entertaining retrospective on his life in politics featuring many of the characters he met along the way."
—Sean Hannity

"Ed Rendell gives us more than a political memoir—his book is a fun, funny, and authentic account of a...

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

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Overview

Praise for A Nation of Wusses

"Ed Rendell is one of the more refreshing and insightful voices in the conversation around American politics. He is a rare breed who tells the truth even when it doesn't support his agenda. This book is a clever, intelligent, and entertaining retrospective on his life in politics featuring many of the characters he met along the way."
—Sean Hannity

"Ed Rendell gives us more than a political memoir—his book is a fun, funny, and authentic account of a life spent in government, and a no-holds-barred argument for bold leadership in America."
—President Bill Clinton

"Ed Rendell's book is just like Ed Rendell—unflinching, funny, heartfelt, hopeful. It is why he was the country's most dynamic politician when in office. It is why you should read this book if you care about America."
—Buzz Bissinger

"Ed Rendell has written a very funny book about his life in politics and his passion for sports. No matter what someone's political affiliation is, I think people will be entertained by this book."
—Charlie Manuel

"Ed Rendell's book is big-city politics at its best. It's got the roar of the El, the stale cigar smoke of City Hall. Rendell writes with hoagie on his breath—or was that a Philly cheesesteak? It's The Last Hurrah for the twenty-first century."
—Chris Matthews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118330661
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,344,404
  • File size: 834 KB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Wussification of America 5

2 “We’re Mad as Hell and We’re Not Going to Take it Anymore!” 11

3 “I Wear Blue, Take Me Too!” 21

4 Only a Smart Jewish Lawyer Can Turn This City Around 29

5 The Truth about Waste, Fraud, and Abuse 35

6 “Fast Eddie, We Are Ready!” 47

7 What’s a Nice Jewish Boy Doing Holding Hands with Louis Farrakhan? 57

8 “We Don’t Cover Plane Landings!” 63

9 “Harper Valley PTA” 69

10 Animals I Have Known 83

11 How to Get Uninvited to a Christmas Party You Were Never Invited To 91

12 How My Love Affair with Philadelphia Made Me Governor 99

13 Lobbyists’ Rule: No Money for School 105

14 “Behold the Turtle” 111

15 How Two Young Non-Wuss Pittsburgh Women Stared Down the Haitian and US Governments 117

16 Sports and Politics 127

17 “Like a Sturgeon” 137

18 “Hillary, Hillary . . .” 143

19 Change We Can Believe In: How the Best Communicator in Campaign History

Has Been Badly Outcommunicated as President 151

20 “Know When to Fold ’Em” 159

21 Please, Please Don’t Honor Me 167

22 Build, Baby, Build: “Infrastructure,” the Least Sexy Word in the English Language 173

23 Stand and Defend: There Are Some Things Worth Losing For 183

24 “The Charge of the Wuss Brigade!” 193

25 Does Government Create Jobs? 197

26 Is Honesty the Best Policy? 203

27 The Top Ten Reasons Why Most American Politicians Are Wusses 209

28 How to Get Our Democracy Back on Track—Electoral Reform 217

Conclusion 225

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Honesty

    This man doesn't pull his punches, as he talks about the waste and wrong doings of politics. It's refreshingly great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    From One Philadelphia Eagles Fan to another.

    I do not read that many books unless they are tech manuals or Tom Clancey books. But as for Mr Ed Rendell. I heard about him while I was overseas. But to read about what he has done. Was incredable. After all Philadelphia is one city that if you mess up they let you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    If you know rendell as a no nonsense straight shooter, you will

    If you know rendell as a no nonsense straight shooter, you will like this book. He keeps the pace fast and light, but i learned a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Great Read - Just what you would expect from Ed Rendell

    And for those not familar with his style, he is witty, open and does not hold back even though it may not be the popular thing to say.
    In a world where politics has become much ado about saying what is percieved as appealing to the electorate and the pundits & less about the truth, it is very refreshing.
    Not often you hear a politician saying he made a mistake!

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