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Letter to a New President: Commonsense Lessons for Our Next Leader

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A legendary Senator advises our next President on the commonsense values necessary to lead our nation
United States Senator Robert C. Byrd is the longest-serving member of the United States Senate in the history of our great Republic. Senator Byrd has served the people of West Virginia, and the nation, for fifty-four years, and has served alongside eleven Presidents. He was
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Matt Maples
Letter to a New President by Senator Robert Byrd was a gift given to me by a former student I worked with at WT, Kyle. Kyle's hero was Senator Byrd and in respect to him I moved this book to the top of my list of books to read. I recently completed the book and was surprised by several things. First, I expected this book to be mostly about the Senator, which it was not. I also did not expect for this book to very good, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I found this book to be extremel ...more
I enjoyed this book more for the Senator's long life experience and wisdom gained through reading good books than his political views. Not that the political slant wasn't interesting also, just that I was impressed with how well-read the Senator is and how he applies the lessons he's learned in his life to his service to our country.
Diane Kistner
I read this book and wrote this review in August of 2008, when George W. Bush was still in office and we did not yet know who our next president would be. America had not yet been introduced to "hockey mom" Sarah Palin, and we were still a month away from knowing about Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy (the start of the financial meltdown). Senator Byrd was alive then, still carrying his red-leather-bound copy of the U.S. Constitution in his breast pocket and giving his colleagues hell. Still, this bo ...more
No matter what people think about the reasonings and politics of West Virginia Senator Robert C. Byrd, he is one of our nation's leading authorities on the U. S. Constitution. This book, written during the last Presidential campaign, is a letter to an upcoming President about the importance of the office he or she will be holding,the requirements of the office, as set forth by the leading law of our country, The U. S. Constitution, and the integrity involved both within our country and to the wo ...more
Key points:
1) Don't be like Bush, because he was very bad.
2) I knew basically every statesman since Hoover.
3) When you don't know what to write in a book about political science....quote Jefferson or someone else from the 18th century.

The end.
What an amazing book. I read it before Obama's first inaugural speech. I think he actually plagarizes from it a times.
Letters by Senator Rober C. Byrd, the longest-serving memeber of the Senate.
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Robert Carlyle Byrd was a United States Senator from West Virginia, and a member and former Senate Leader of the Democratic Party. Byrd was a senator from January 3, 1959, until his death, and was the longest-serving senator, as well as the longest-serving member in congressional history. He was the Dean of the Senate from 2003 to 2010. He was also the oldest member of the current Congress at the ...more
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