Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

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Where Have All the Leaders Gone? by Lee Iacocca

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416532491
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 05/13/2008
Edition description: Updated and Revised
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 475,947
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
peb More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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