Locked in the Cabinetby Robert B. Reich
Here s a close-up view of how things work -- and don t work -- at the highest levels of government. Robert B. Reich, writer, teacher and social critic came to be known as the "conscience" of the Clinton administration and one of the most successful Labor Secretaries in history. Locked in the Cabinet is an intimate odyssey involving a memorable cast in a world where there are triumphs to fill a lifetime -- and frustrations to fill two more. Never has this world been revealed with such a richness of evidence, humor and warmhearted candor.
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Meet the Author
Robert B. Reich is University Professor of social and economic policy at Brandeis University's Heller School. He served as Secretary of Labor in the first Clinton administration. This is his seventh book. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and their two sons.
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I'm a reader! I read everything! In fact, I read this book just because it was a Barnes and Noble bargain. I thought I was in for a dry, trite diatribe of political life during the Clinton years. Instead, I was hit with the funniest book I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I have never in all of my years laughed out loud in thunderous guffaws while reading. To be honest, I believed that it would take a brillant person to translate real comedy into the written word. Reich, in this repect and in many others, is brillant. Read this book if you'd like a great laugh. It's hilarious!
I have the pleasure of working in the very system Robert Reich describes in his book, as an 'in the trenches' employment counselor. I have seen the very programs such as the 'one stop' go into effect, and have watched my clients benefit from skills gained made only possible through re-training dollars. I have also watched and experienced the political forces at work. Dollars come too late to help needy people, or with impossible rules and regulations bogging down good programs abilities to be effective. I have seen innovative programs fail because of 'the one rule applies to all' theory, such as the bat boy story. Mr. Reich's accounts of what happens in government and politics is an accurate account of what those of us who work in the system experience on a daily basis. We often see hope in the programs, but it is quickly lost underneath the hundreds of pages of rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that come with it! Everyone should read this book! Especially the politicians!
I enjoyed Reich's diary of his four years. At times I was tickled by his sense of humor and at other times I was frustrated by his naiveness. I am not a proponent of anything he supports but it was fun and enlightening reading about his experience while getting exposure to what may go on (or doesn't) in Washington.