What A President Should Know: An Insider's View on How to Succeed in the Oval Office / Edition 1

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The winner of the presidential election will need to get quickly up-to-speed on how to manage the government. What are the likely issues he will encounter on the first day in the Oval Office? What does he do about the cost of the Iraq War? He'll get blamed if there's another terrorist attack, so what does he need to do that first day and the days and weeks to come to realistically and prudently prevent such an attack? How's the economy? What kind of policies can he now really propose based upon the present state of the economy and the tax-base that supports federal programs? He promised during the campaign to tackle big issues like healthcare, education, energy, immigration, international trade, and taxation. If he's going to hold himself to his own campaign rhetoric then he'd better surround himself with political savvy, fiscally astute advisers—like Lindsey and Sumerlin. This book is for the next president of the United States, all the policy-makers-in-waiting, and, most importantly, political junkies who appreciate that these authors were Oval Office advisors and that they understand what it takes to get a new administration up-and-running.
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Editorial Reviews

Alan S. Blinder
Agree or disagree, Larry Lindsey's advice to the next president makes a crackling good read. As you turn the pages, you may find yourself alternately smiling and frowning. But you'll want to keep turning—and you should.
Fred Thompson
Larry Lindsey has provided a roadmap for how the next President can and should lead this nation through hazardous times. Readers of this book are taken directly into the Oval Office, to a world where decisions are high stakes and actions have consequences. You won't want to put it down.
Martin S. Feldstein
This is a book for everyone who is interested in the next occupant of the White House—including every presidential aspirant. Larry Lindsey writes with the expertise of an economist who taught at Harvard and a former Governor of the Federal Reserve and with the policy wisdom of someone who has worked in the White House in the Administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.
Tom and Heather Foley
This book is a real good read. Any President would benefit by his understanding of the way the process works inside the Oval Office. In fact, it would be valuable to anyone in any management position. Democrats may not agree with all the conclusions, but this is a great discussion of the policy choices the country faces.
Senator Joe Biden
Agree with him or not, Larry Lindsey is always worth reading.
Chicago Sun-Times
Whether our next president actually reads this book, voters would be well-advised to do so as a means of refocusing their attention on competence and effectiveness, which matter so little during the campaign, and will matter so much when the winner takes office.
February 2008 World
This useful book's common-sense prescriptions concerning economic and military policy become uncommon when political pressures emerge.
September/October 2009 Public Administration Review
Lindsey's hook is a package of memos surrepitiously smuggled onto the president's desk on Inauguration Day 2009. They form the core of each chapter and are preceded by a narrative setting out some of the relevant history and policy background (and often Lindsey's own experience at the White House-a topic of interest in its own right). ...Some of the substantive suggestions are likely to interest a Republican president. But even a Democratic one will surely benefit from the description of policy history, process, and current contextual challenge.
Tom Foley
This book is a real good read. Any President would benefit by his understanding of the way the process works inside the Oval Office. In fact, it would be valuable to anyone in any management position. Democrats may not agree with all the conclusions, but this is a great discussion of the policy choices the country faces.
This useful book's common-sense prescriptions concerning economic and military policy become uncommon when political pressures emerge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742562226
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/25/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,261,913
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence B. Lindsey was Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council at the White House (2001-2002). From 1997 to 2001, he was a Resident Scholar and holder of the Arthur F. Burns Chair in Economics at the American Enterprise Institute. During late 1999 and throughout 2000 he served as then-Gov. George W. Bush's chief economic advisor for his presidential campaign. Lindsey served as a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (1991-1997). He was a Special Assistant to the President for Policy Development (1989-1991). He was an associate professor of economics at Harvard University (1984-1989). From 1981 to 1984 he was the senior staff economist for tax policy for the Council of Economic Advisers. He is the author of The Growth Experiment: How the New Tax Policy is Transforming the U.S. Economy (Basic, 1990) and Economic Puppetmasters: Lessons from the Halls of Power (AEI, 1999). He is currently the president and chief executive officer of The Lindsey Group, which he co-founded in 2003. Marc Sumerlin is Managing Director and co-founder of The Lindsey Group. He previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council for Pres. George W. Bush. Prior to the White House, Sumerlin was the Economic Policy Advisor at the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign headquarters where he advised then-Gov. Bush on economic matters. He has also worked as a Senior Analyst and Assistant Economist to the Senate Budget Committee, a Research Assistant to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and an Accountant with KPMG Peat Marwick.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Inside the Oval, Again Chapter 2. The Corrupting Walls of the West Wing Chapter 3. Pay Any Price, Bear Any Burden Chapter 4. Engaging the Enemy Chapter 5. Are We Ready for Another Dark Day? Chapter 6. At the Helm of the Economy Chapter 7. A World of Porous Borders Chapter 8. Tackling the Big Problems Confronting America Chapter 9. The Reaction to Fear Itself Chapter 10. The End of the Line Chapter 11. Don't Stay Too Long
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