Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

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Legendary auto executive Lee Iacocca has a question for every American: Where have all the leaders gone?

The most widely recognized business executive of all time asks the tough questions that America's leaders must address:

? What is each of us giving back to our country?

? Do we truly love democracy?

? Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good?

? Why is America addicted to oil?

? Do we really care about ...

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Overview

Legendary auto executive Lee Iacocca has a question for every American: Where have all the leaders gone?

The most widely recognized business executive of all time asks the tough questions that America's leaders must address:

• What is each of us giving back to our country?

• Do we truly love democracy?

• Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good?

• Why is America addicted to oil?

• Do we really care about our children's futures?

• Who will save the middle class?

A self-made man who many Americans once wished would run for president, Iacocca saved the Chrysler Corporation from financial ruin, masterminded the creation of the minivan, and oversaw the renovation of Ellis Island. Since then he has created the Iacocca Institute for leadership at Lehigh University and the Iacocca Foundation, which funds research for a cure for diabetes. Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis — such as today. He has known more leaders than almost anyone else — among them nine U.S. presidents, many heads of state, and the CEOs of the nation's top corporations — and is uniquely suited to share his wisdom, knowledge, and wit about the leadership of America.

Author of the gigantic number one bestsellers Iacocca: An Autobiography and Talking Straight, Lee Iacocca famously doesn't mince words and offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008, including Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, Mitt Romney, and John Edwards.

Confessing that he has "flunked retirement," Iacocca calls on citizens of all ages to vote, get involved, and choose our leaders carefully. Along the way, he shares stories about the prominent people he's met and known, including the time he smoked cigars with Fidel Castro, what Bob Hope told him about how to live a long life, what Lady Sarah Ferguson said to him as they danced, why Bill Clinton woke him up in Italy, what Robert McNamara taught him about success, how Frank Sinatra sang for him personally, and whom Pope John Paul II asked him to pray for. We learn what he discussed with Warren Buffett, DaimlerChrysler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Ronald Reagan, Senator John Kerry, Congressman John Murtha, Prince Charles and Camilla, former Saudi ambassador Prince Bandar, rapper Snoop Dogg, financier Kirk Kerkorian, Ted Turner, Bob Dole, and many more.

Knowing that the times are urgent, the iconic leader shares his lessons learned and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots of hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism.

Where have all the leaders gone?

Lee Iacocca has the answer.

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Editorial Reviews

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Business icon Lee Iacocca has cultivated a reputation as a straight talker, and he lives up to it in this engaging treatise. Using a lifetime's worth of business examples from Ford (where he was president) and Chrysler (where he was CEO), as well as his charitable endeavors, he makes his case that better leadership is needed to regain America's social and economic greatness. In 21 chapters, arranged somewhat arbitrarily into four sections questioning America's lack of leadership, fragile global relationships, capitalism, and future, Iacocca tackles such broadly ranging subjects as the prospective 2008 presidential candidates, the war in Iraq, our (lack of an) energy policy, globalization's challenges, and his own retirement. His mix of straightforward lists (e.g., nine qualities of leadership) and conversational asides makes for fast reading, although many readers may be surprised by his level of vitriol toward George W. Bush ("the President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies"). His status as an icon of commerce and a best-selling author (Iacocca) demands this book's purchase by all public and corporate libraries, but its lack of sourcing or index may make it an optional purchase for undergraduate libraries.
—Sarah Statz Cords

Library Journal
Iacocca stays upbeat in this assessment of issues like family values, job security, and the Iraq war. With a five-city tour. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416532491
  • Publisher: Scribner
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Edition description: Updated and Revised
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 155,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Iacocca is the former president of Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation and a bestselling author. He spends his time traveling, giving speeches, and supporting the Iacocca Foundation, which funds research for a cure for diabetes.

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I

Had enough?

Am I the only guy in this country who's fed up with what's happening? Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. We've got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we've got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can't even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course."

Stay the course? You've got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I'll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

You might think I'm getting senile, that I've gone off my rocker, and maybe I have. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don't need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we're fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That's not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I've had enough. How about you?

I'll go a step further. You can't call yourself a patriot if you're not outraged. This is a fight I'm ready and willing to have.

My friends tell me to calm down. They say, "Lee, you're eighty-two years old. Leave the rage to the young people." I'd love to — as soon as I can pry them away from their iPods for five seconds and get them to pay attention. I'm going to speak up because it's my patriotic duty. I think people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight shooter. So I'll tell you how I see it, and it's not pretty, but at least it's real. I'm hoping to strike a nerve in those young folks who say they don't vote because they don't trust politicians to represent their interests. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us.

WHO ARE THESE GUYS, ANYWAY?

Why are we in this mess? How did we end up with this crowd in Washington? Well, we voted for them — or at least some of us did. But I'll tell you what we didn't do. We didn't agree to suspend the Constitution. We didn't agree to stop asking questions or demanding answers. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason. Where I come from that's a dictatorship, not a democracy.

And don't tell me it's all the fault of right-wing Republicans or liberal Democrats. That's an intellectually lazy argument, and it's part of the reason we're in this stew. We're not just a nation of factions. We're a people. We share common principles and ideals. And we rise and fall together.

Where are the voices of leaders who can inspire us to action and make us stand taller? What happened to the strong and resolute party of Lincoln? What happened to the courageous, populist party of FDR and Truman? There was a time in this country when the voices of great leaders lifted us up and made us want to do better. Where have all the leaders gone?

THE TEST OF A LEADER

I've never been Commander in Chief, but I've been a CEO. I understand a few things about leadership at the top. I've figured out nine points — not ten (I don't want people accusing me of thinking I'm Moses). I call them the "Nine Cs of Leadership." They're not fancy or complicated. Just clear, obvious qualities that every true leader should have. We should look at how the current administration stacks up. Like it or not, this crew is going to be around until January 2009. Maybe we can learn something before we go to the polls in 2008. Then let's be sure we use the leadership test to screen the candidates who say they want to run the country. It's up to us to choose wisely.

So, here's my C list:

A leader has to show CURIOSITY. He has to listen to people outside of the "Yes, sir" crowd in his inner circle. He has to read voraciously, because the world is a big, complicated place. George W. Bush brags about never reading a newspaper. "I just scan the headlines," he says. Am I hearing this right? He's the President of the United States and he never reads a newspaper? Thomas Jefferson once said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter." Bush disagrees. As long as he gets his daily hour in the gym, with Fox News piped through the sound system, he's ready to go.

If a leader never steps outside his comfort zone to hear different ideas, he grows stale. If he doesn't put his beliefs to the test, how does he know he's right? The inability to listen is a form of arrogance. It means either you think you already know it all, or you just don't care. Before the 2006 election, George Bush made a big point of saying he didn't listen to the polls. Yeah, that's what they all say when the polls stink. But maybe he should have listened, because 70 percent of the people were saying he was on the wrong track. It took a "thumping" on election day to wake him up, but even then you got the feeling he

wasn't listening so much as he was calculating how to do a better job of convincing everyone he was right.

A leader has to be CREATIVE, go out on a limb, be willing to try something different. You know, think outside the box. George Bush prides himself on never changing, even as the world around him is spinning out of control. God forbid someone should accuse him of flip-flopping. There's a disturbingly messianic fervor to his certainty. Senator Joe Biden recalled a conversation he had with Bush a few months after our troops marched into Baghdad. Joe was in the Oval Office outlining his concerns to the President — the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanded Iraqi army, the problems securing the oil fields. "The President was serene," Joe recalled. "He told me he was sure that we were on the right course and that all would be well. 'Mr. President,' I finally said, 'how can you be so sure when you don't yet know all the facts?'" Bush then reached over and put a steadying hand on Joe's shoulder. "My instincts," he said. "My instincts." Joe was flabbergasted. He told Bush, "Mr. President, your instincts aren't good enough." Joe Biden sure didn't think the matter was settled. And, as we all know now, it wasn't.

Leadership is all about managing change — whether you're leading a company or leading a country. Things change, and you get creative. You adapt. Maybe Bush was absent the day they covered that at Harvard Business School.

A leader has to COMMUNICATE. I'm not talking about running off at the mouth or spouting sound bites. I'm talking about facing reality and telling the truth. Nobody in the current administration seems to know how to talk straight anymore. Instead, they spend most of their time trying to convince us that things are not really as bad as they seem. I don't know if it's denial or dishonesty, but it can start to drive you crazy after a while. Communication has to start with telling the truth, even when it's painful. The war in Iraq has been, among other things, a grand failure of communication. Bush is like the boy who didn't cry wolf when the wolf was at the door. After years of being told that all is well, even as the casualties and chaos mount, we've stopped listening to him.

A leader has to be a person of CHARACTER. That means knowing the difference between right and wrong and having the guts to do the right thing. Abraham Lincoln once said, "If you want to test a man's character, give him power." George Bush has a lot of power. What does it say about his character? Bush has shown a willingness to take bold action on the world stage because he has the power, but he shows little regard for the grievous consequences. He has sent our troops (not to mention hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens) to their deaths — for what? To build our oil reserves? To avenge his daddy because Saddam Hussein once tried to have him killed? To show his daddy he's tougher? The motivations behind the war in Iraq are questionable, and the execution of the war has been a disaster. A man of character does not ask a single soldier to die for a failed policy.

A leader must have COURAGE. I'm talking about balls. (That even goes for female leaders.) Swagger isn't courage. Tough talk isn't courage. George Bush comes from a blue-blooded Connecticut family, but he likes to talk like a cowboy. You know, My gun is bigger than your gun. Courage in the twenty-first century doesn't mean posturing and bravado. Courage is a commitment to sit down at the negotiating table and talk.

If you're a politician, courage means taking a position even when you know it will cost you votes. Bush can't even make a public appearance unless the audience has been handpicked and sanitized. He did a series of so-called town hall meetings last year, in auditoriums packed with his most devoted fans. The questions were all softballs.

To be a leader you've got to have CONVICTION — a fire in your belly. You've got to have passion. You've got to really want to get something done. How do you measure fire in the belly? Bush has set the all-time record for number of vacation days taken by a U.S. President — four hundred and counting. He'd rather clear brush on his ranch than immerse himself in the business of governing. He even told an interviewer that the high point of his presidency so far was catching a seven-and-a-half-pound perch in his hand-stocked lake.

It's no better on Capitol Hill. Congress was in session only ninety-seven days in 2006. That's eleven days less than the record set in 1948, when President Harry Truman coined the term do-nothing Congress. Most people would expect to be fired if they worked so little and had nothing to show for it. But Congress managed to find the time to vote itself a raise. Now, that's not leadership.

A leader should have CHARISMA. I'm not talking about being flashy. Charisma is the quality that makes people want to follow you. It's the ability to inspire. People follow a leader because they trust him. That's my definition of charisma. Maybe George Bush is a great guy to hang out with at a barbecue or a ball game. But put him at a global summit where the future of our planet is at stake, and he doesn't look very presidential. Those frat-boy pranks and the kidding around he enjoys so much don't go over that well with world leaders. Just ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who received an unwelcome shoulder massage from our President at a G-8 Summit. When he came up behind her and started squeezing, I thought she was going to go right through the roof.

A leader has to be COMPETENT. That seems obvious, doesn't it? You've got to know what you're doing. More important than that, you've got to surround yourself with people who know what they're doing. Bush brags about being our first MBA President. Does that make him competent? Well, let's see. Thanks to our first MBA President, we've got the largest deficit in history, Social Security is on life support, and we've run up a half-a-trillion-dollar price tag (so far) in Iraq. And that's just for starters. A leader has to be a problem solver, and the biggest problems we face as a nation seem to be on the back burner.

You can't be a leader if you don't have COMMON SENSE. I call this Charlie Beacham's rule. When I was a young guy just starting out in the car business, one of my first jobs was as Ford's zone manager in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. My boss was a guy named Charlie Beacham, who was the East Coast regional manager. Charlie was a big Southerner, with a warm drawl, a huge smile, and a core of steel. Charlie used to tell me, "Remember, Lee, the only thing you've got going for you as a human being is your ability to reason and your common sense. If you don't know a dip of horseshit from a dip of vanilla ice cream, you'll never make it." George Bush doesn't have common sense. He just has a lot of sound bites. You know — Mr.they'll-welcome-us-as-liberators-no-child-left-behind-heck-of-a-job-Brownie-mission-accomplished Bush.

Former President Bill Clinton once said, "I grew up in an alcoholic home. I spent half my childhood trying to get into the reality-based world — and I like it here."

I think our current President should visit the real world once in a while.

THE BIGGEST C IS CRISIS

Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. It's easy to sit there with your feet up on the desk and talk theory. Or send someone else's kids off to war when you've never seen a battlefield yourself. It's another thing to lead when your world comes tumbling down.

On September 11, 2001, we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. Where was George Bush? He was reading a story about a pet goat to kids in Florida when he heard about the attacks. He kept sitting there for twenty minutes with a baffled look on his face. It's all on tape. You can see it for yourself. Then, instead of taking the quickest route back to Washington and immediately going on the air to reassure the panicked people of this country, he decided it wasn't safe to return to the White House. He basically went into hiding for the day — and he told Vice President Dick Cheney to stay put in his bunker. We were all frozen in front of our TVs, scared out of our wits, waiting for our leaders to tell us that we were going to be okay, and there was nobody home. It took Bush a couple of days to get his bearings and devise the right photo op at Ground Zero.

That was George Bush's moment of truth, and he was paralyzed. And what did he do when he'd regained his composure? He led us down the road to Iraq — a road his own father had considered disastrous when he was President. But Bush didn't listen to Daddy. He listened to a higher father. He prides himself on being faith based, not reality based. If that doesn't scare the crap out of you, I don't know what will.

A HELL OF A MESS

So here's where we stand. We're immersed in a bloody war with no plan for winning and no plan for leaving. We're running the biggest deficit in the history of the country. We're losing the manufacturing edge to Asia, while our once-great companies are getting slaughtered by health care costs. Gas prices are skyrocketing, and nobody in power has a coherent energy policy. Our schools are in trouble. Our borders are like sieves. The middle class is being squeezed every which way. These are times that cry out for leadership.

But when you look around, you've got to ask: "Where have all the leaders gone?" Where are the curious, creative communicators? Where are the people of character, courage, conviction, competence, and common sense? I may be a sucker for alliteration, but I think you get the point.

Name me a leader who has a better idea for homeland security than making us take off our shoes in airports and throw away our shampoo? We've spent billions of dollars building a huge new bureaucracy, and all we know how to do is react to things that have already happened.

Name me one leader who emerged from the crisis of Hurricane Katrina. Congress has yet to spend a single day evaluating the response to the hurricane, or demanding accountability for the decisions that were made in the crucial hours after the storm. Everyone's hunkering down, fingers crossed, hoping it doesn't happen again. Now, that's just crazy. Storms happen. Deal with it. Make a plan. Figure out what you're going to do the next time.

Name me an industry leader who is thinking creatively about how we can restore our competitive edge in manufacturing. Who would have believed that there could ever be a time when "the Big Three" referred to Japanese car companies? How did this happen — and more important, what are we going to do about it?

Name me a government leader who can articulate a plan for paying down the debt, or solving the energy crisis, or managing the health care problem. The silence is deafening. But these are the crises that are eating away at our country and milking the middle class dry.

I have news for the gang in Congress. We didn't elect you to sit on your asses and do nothing and remain silent while our democracy is being hijacked and our greatness is being replaced with mediocrity. What is everybody so afraid of? That some bobblehead on Fox News will call them a name? Give me a break. Why don't you guys show some spine for a change?

HAD ENOUGH?

Hey, I'm not trying to be the voice of gloom and doom here. I'm trying to light a fire. I'm speaking out because I have hope. I believe in America. In my lifetime I've had the privilege of living through some of America's greatest moments. I've also experienced some of our worst crises — the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Kennedy assassination, the Vietnam War, the 1970s oil crisis, and the struggles of recent years culminating with 9/11. If I've learned one thing, it's this: You don't get anywhere by standing on the sidelines waiting for somebody else to take action. Whether it's building a better car or building a better future for our children, we all have a role to play. That's the challenge I'm raising in this book. It's a call to action for people who, like me, believe in America. It's not too late, but it's getting pretty close. So let's shake off the horseshit and go to work. Let's tell 'em all we've had enough. Copyright © 2007 by Lee Iacocca & Associates, Inc., a California Corporation

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments ix

PART 1: WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE? 1

I Had enough? 3

II People and priorities: It's that simple 15

III Can you show me where it's working? 25

IV Aren't we supposed to be the good guys? 33

V How much do we love democracy? 39

PART 2: WHERE HAVE ALL OUR FRIENDS GONE? 57

VI Will the real leader of the free world please stand up? 59

VII Meet the coalition of the UNwilling 75

VIII What will we do for oil? 89

IX Free trade must be fair trade 101

X Don't fence me in...or out 111

PART 3: IS CAPITALISM LETTING US DOWN? 125

XI Where does all the money go? 127

XII Will we ever trust corporate America again? 137

XIII Chrysler's lesson: Resist the urge to merge 151

XIV Can anyone around here run a car company? 165

XV Who will save the middle class? 185

XVI The blame game is killing us 195

PART 4: CAN AMERICA BE GREAT AGAIN? 203

XVII Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good? 205

XVIII Bring back brain power 215

XIX Three men who taught me to lead 223

XX Get off the golf course and DO something 237

XXI 2008: A call to action 257

Index 265

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    total lack of substance

    I couldn't finish it -- it was simply an ad hominem attack on Bush. It was page after page of gratuitous assertions and accusations, none of which were backed with any factual information. Save your $20. I am surprised that Iacocca would let anything this banal go out under his name.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2008

    Defining Leadership

    Leaders lead based on their convictions---not based on what others may want to hear. They solve critical issues---no matter what the personal consequences. That in a nutshell is how Lee Iacocca views leadership. As an example, Iacocca relates of being in ¿a prep session¿ with the Democratic political strategist, James Carville, leading up to what could have been an announcement of Iacocca¿s candidacy of the U. S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. While Carville was speeding along, Iacoccoa halted him, and informed Carville that those talking points were not in line with his positions. Carville replied that it didn¿t matter because ¿we¿ve already done all the studies and focus groups¿ to come up with positions favorable for the candidacy. Subsequently Iacocca declined the invitation. This is a fast-paced, narrative laden with vivid, clipped, unvarnished, and somewhat highly opinionated statements. While a good portion of the book dwells on political leadership on the national level, it also encompasses business and personal leadership. The author, Lee Iacocca at age 82, reminisces about the lessons he learned from his illustrious career as the head of Ford Motors and later the Chrysler Corporation. Iacocca makes repeated references to what he feels are the repeated failings of our current president, George W. Bush, and proposes the ¿Nine C¿s of Leadership¿ as a measuring stick in selecting leaders, especially in the coming presidential election. He particularly focuses on political leadership because of his strong belief that ¿freedom is not free¿ but must be fought for unrelentlessly by voting. This fervent attitude translates into his audacious proposal of removing some of the unalienable rights of Americans who don¿t vote. The book also highlights Iacocca¿s personal views on how the forces behind wars, prices, debt, corporate mergers, government, democracy, and innovation relate to leadership. Although it was co-written, you get the feeling that you are having a personal chat with the straight-talking and snappy main author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Fair Book

    First half of book is very politically oriented. I was turned off by the constant Bush bashing. I had expected a less opinionated book from a man of his stature. The second half of the book was somewhat better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    A Wasted Opportunity

    We were hoping for a book as interesting and thought provoking as his first one. But what we heard was 6 1/2 hours of Bush bashing. We could have heard that on CNN. Mr. Iacoccca's wisdom, knowledge, and incite is partially blocked by his constant criticizing, condemning and complaining about the current administration.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    Mindless Dribble

    I picked up this book today because I had heard from a businessman friend of mind that this was a must read book. I read 39 pages and mentally tossed it into the trash. I have never heard such mindless dripple, finger pointing and onesided nonsense. If you point fingers it should be pointed in all directions. Hey Lee you didn't mind when the Government bailed Chrysler out from there miserable failings, and YOU are the one to tell us about leadership and mangement? This from the grandfather of Coporate bailouts? Anyone can whine and write a book. This one surely proves that point. Where is your leadership? He gives us all of the problems but not ONE solution. Take away the war and there are still a half dozen problems that have never been addressed let alone fixed. We have had a war on poverty, drugs, and illiteracy. The casualties of those wars are still being regenerated with no end in sight. Why is it that we get our knickers in a wad and yell Constitutional foul when someone is trying to catch a terrorist, but support free speech when a pervert is peddling porn and is seducing our kids on the internet. Maybe a little less worry about Consitutionality and a little more worry about morality. A better book to read about our Government and the real out cry is 'Outraged' by Dick Morris. A fair and balanced book on the same issues, but it puts the blame squarely where it belongs. Both sides

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Agreeing to Disagree

    I have recommended this book to many of my friends as a quick read with lots of food for thought. However, like many of the others who have written a review of this book, I have to agree that Mr. Iacocca seems to like criticizing others, even others with whom he admittedly once agreed. Nevertheless, I learned much about the unfair playing field that the United States has created through poorly written trade agreements. I, too, like Mr. Iacocca, voted for Bush in 2000 and unlike Mr. Iacocca voted again for George W. in 2004. The 'Bush Bashing' was a little hard to read, even if you disagree with our President. It seemed to me that many times in the book Mr. Iacocca bashed those with whom he totally agreed, and then when the game plan didn't work by the one elected or selected for a top position, Mr. Iacocca decides to save face by simply jumping off the train before it wrecks. For me, that tactic was somewhat shallow for such a great leader as Mr. Iacocca. Certainly that luxury is not given to the leaders who have made a wrong decision and then have to ride the train to its original destination. I still admire Mr. Iococca, and totally agree with him that we should simply agree to disagree in this country instead of bashing someone with a different point of view or a plan that doesn't work. I just wish Mr. Iacocca had done what he preached instead of falling into the ditch with the others who take themselves so seriously to the point that they hear no one else's voice. I would love to see Mr. Ioccoca do another book and make suggestions to our leaders as to what they might do without the 'I know more than you do' type criticism. There's nothing wrong with stating that you totally diagree, but then a great leader should know from being at the top, that it's lonely there and our great leaders need sincere suggestions not a hundred lashes with a whip to their backs. As Mr. Iacocca knows all to well, the train can wreck before it makes it into the station, even with the very best of planning. However, when plans go wrong, it doesn't make anyone less innovative or less of a leader, just human because no one can get it right each and every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Being brutally honest is what we need.

    Iacocca simply puts it in black and white what is lacking in this country and where this great land of ours is heading real fast. I admire the way he exposes the 'spineless' leader that is totally disregarding the constitution that this great country was founded on. 'Georgey' is fighting his daddy's bully and we all get to pay the price for his mis-guided actions. Bottom line, this country is desperately lacking LEADERSHIP! It all starts at home and in our schools. Our future leaders are being raised on TV, IPODS, CELL PHONES and XBOX!! If you can't handle the painful truth, don't open this eye opening book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    honesty and integrity

    I loved the book because of Iacocca's ability to converse (and yes that's exactly how I felt ......being thrown into a good conversation) with transparency and conviction. He is ruthlessly honest yet hopeful and optimistic that there is potential in the land of the free and that message needs to get out rather than the current cowboys and guns charade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    blueprint for a courages leader

    'where have all the leaders gone' is a very remarkable book by lee Iacocca. the arthur shares both his many years of bussiness experience and his good common horse since on what to look for whean picking out and judging a leader and looking for leadership abilities in a person.I feel this book will help the voters in all elections cause it has a very handy guide that shows what to look for in a leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    I couldn't agree more with the issues in this book. Although Ms. McGrew wrote an impressive little piece below ridiculing the 'leadership' demonstrated in this book using the Iraq war as an example, I think she missed the point of what is bothering most Americans. While I think most of us can accept the fact that President Bush may have gotten faulty information (even though many of us believe he was willing to accept ANY information to justify his cause), what we can't accept is the obvious lack of planning regarding the aftermath of when the resistance was broken. It appears that no foresight at all was given to the rebuilding of Iraq - that indicates very poor leadership on HIS part. Not only are we losing young lives senselessly and spending a fortune because of this lack of leadership, we all know that the situation has only worsened. However, I think Americans are more concerned with what is going at home. Corporate greed is running rampant and no one seems to holding CEOs and corporate executives accountable. Politicians are merely telling people what they want to hear rather than dealing with the issues at hand. I think Lee hits the nail on the head in this book and I couldn't recommend it enough - I wish every American would read it. Maybe then we'd finally remove all these corporate and political thieves from their positions once and for all and take our country back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2007

    Listen to this guy and act!

    This is so on target with what we need today and Iacocca's writing style is supberb! He doesn't hold back and he demands that we don't continue to sit back and watch as the USA spirals downward. I want all the Presidental candidates to tell us how they would run the country using the 'Nine Cs.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    American Icon Lee Iacocca Tells It Like It Is

    Lee Iacocca is a hard as nails American Business Icon. Where Have All The Leaders Gone is a great book. Mr. Iacocca tells it like it is and spares no details. He scorns our current governement leadership, tells tales on CEOs and the auto industry, and lets us know just where he stands on all of the important issues of the day. Great Job, Mr. Iacocca. This is an important book by an important American. Where Have All The Leaders Gone should be read now. Learn the truth from Lee Iacocca.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2007

    Lee Iacocca shows what leadership is all about

    Mr. Iacocca communicates in his book why America is in trouble and he gives helpful advice on priorities and solutions. He knows we are more threatened by internal corruption and incompetence than any outside foreign enemy. It is refreshing to have someone to admire as a true American leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Sort of Out Dated

    I found this book to be somewhat egotistical. It's OK reading but I expected more from Iacocca, not just name dropping and his friendship with various high placed people. I agree with some of his contentions, but I didn't really finish reading the book. It got boring after a time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Very Insightful Book

    Iacocca hit the nail on the head. You may not agree with everything he writes but it is very thought provoking. I highly recommend your read this book before going to the polls!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

    Misguided and unbelieveable at his attempt to writing about leadership

    The majority of this book is about bashing President Bush and not so much about the quality of leaders. He does touch upon conviction and courage as two traits needed. I find this completely laughable coming from him as he fired a high ranking person at Ford Motor Co. and one he respected because Mr. Ford did not like him. Hey Lee where is your courage and conviction? I guess it is only when it is convenient. This was really disappointing and really did not have much substance as he gets lost in his own misguided attempt at politics and his beliefs. He makes statements that there is no way he can back-up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    LOVED IT

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to hear someone who has moved some of his own mountains giving his view on how to maybe move some of the mountains today. I totally agreed with most of what he had to say about leadership and the need for it today. I thought adding some of his personal experiences and knowledge into the mix made it even more entertaining and readable. I thought it was great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Lee Iacocca - Someone to be listened to

    This book should be mandatory reading for all of our politicans from the top (President Obamaha) all of the way down

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  • Posted September 6, 2009

    Tell it like it is

    Great book. I could hardly take a break. Finally, someone of prominence takes on the gutless politicians. Most politicians only work to get re-elected. They don't educate their constituents as to what this country needs to do to preserve its future.

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  • Posted August 15, 2009

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    OH MY GOD EXCELLENT!

    I HAVE NOT READ THIS TYPE OF BOOK IN A LONG TIME AND I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN UNTIL I FINISHED. LEE HAS ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTION HERE, WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE? PERSONALLY I THINK THEY ARE HIDDEN BEHIND A SCREEN AND ARE UNABLE TO REALIZE THE REAL WORLD DILEMMA.

    LEE IS ASKING YOU TO THINK ABOUT LEADERSHIP, IN BUSINESS, IN FINANCE, IN POLITICS, IN GOVERNMENT, IN YOUR LIFE, IN THE WORLD. THINK ABOUT IT, READ THE BOOK AND GET OUT THERE AND SEARCH, I AM.

    THE COOPSTER

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