America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers

America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers

by Chuck Hagel, Peter Kaminsky


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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has long been admired for his honesty, integrity, and commonsense approach to the challenges of our times. The Los Angeles Times has praised his "bold positions on foreign policy and national security" and wondered, "What's not to like?" In America: Our Next Chapter, Nebraska-born Hagel offers a hard-hitting examination of the state of our nation and provides substantial, meaningful proposals that can guide America back onto the right path.

Basing his suggestions on thorough research and careful thought, as well as on personal insight from his years as a political insider, successful businessman, and decorated war hero, he discusses domestic issues such as control of U.S. debt and confronts foreign policy problems, including China's growing economy and Iran's aggressive political, ideological, and nuclear stances. Always true to the beliefs instilled in him during his childhood on the prairie, he speaks passionately about service—to one's country and to one's fellow citizens—as the path toward a renewed America.

A staunch Republican yet a "hero to liberals" (Time), Secretary Hagel asks the tough questions and delivers straight answers to America's most pressing problems. America: Our Next Chapter is a serious, honest, and ultimately optimistic look at our nation's future, from an American original.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061436956
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Chuck Hagel served two terms in the U.S. Senate and was sworn in as the 24th Secretary of Defense on February 27, 2013, becoming the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense. Hagel and his brother Tom served side by side in Vietnam in 1968 as infantry squad leaders with the U.S. Army's 9th Division. He earned many military decorations and honors, including two Purple Hearts. A fourth-generation Nebraskan, Secretary Hagel is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, have two children.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2014 Edition xi

Prologue: Where I Come From 1

Part I Reintroducing America to the World

Chapter 1 Lit by Lightning 19

Chapter 2 Iraq I: Reality, Illusion, and Politics 37

Chapter 3 Iraq II: Where Was Congress? 53

Chapter 4 Fire in The Holy Land: Israel and the Arabs 67

Chapter 5 Ayatollahs, Blue Jeans, and Nukes: The Question of Iran 83

Chapter 6 China: A Seat at the Table 101

Chapter 7 Optics: Seeing the World Through a Wider Lens 117

Chapter 8 Terrorism Versus Tolerance 137

Chapter 9 Who Speaks Up for the Rifleman? 149

Chapter 10 Our Sword and Shield 159

Part II Citizenship, Service, Democracy

Chapter 11 "Always Shoulder the Wheel" 175

Chapter 12 Crabs or Prairie Dogs: Politics and Paralysis 191

Chapter 13 Beyond Gridlock: A New Electoral Scenario? 205

Part III Sense and Dollars

Chapter 14 Competitiveness: Staying in the Game 215

Chapter 15 Entitled? 241

Part IV Leadership

Chapter 16 My Mount Rushmore 261

Acknowledgments 283

Index 287

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