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I'll Be Short: Essential Ideas for Getting America to Work

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"I don't like the basic philosophy that everyone is on their own, out for themselves, a kind of social Darwinism. It's bad for society, especially now. . . . Call me crotchety, but I can't help asking, whatever happened to the social contract?"
With his characteristic humor, humanity, and candor, one of the nation's most distinguished advocates for working--and middle--cla
Hardcover, 121 pages
Published May 2nd 2002 by Beacon Press (MA) (first published 2002)
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Steve Ginsburg
Jan 24, 2008 Steve Ginsburg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to return it to the library before i finished it but it was going great

it is short and very layman

i recommend it

i need to get back and check it out again
Jan 16, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
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Written in 2002 at the start of the Bush years and before the economic meltdown, it's now easy to see his warnings were spot on. But rather than set aside this book as 'old news', it's worth a read -- his message is even more relevant today. Businesses have civic responsibility, widening income gap is corrosive, and our involvement, rather than resignaton, is key.

Plus, any guy under 5 ft. tall with the guts/humor to call his book "I'll Be Short" deserves a bit of attention.
Feb 24, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was ok
I have always admired and enjoyed listening to Robert Reich. He is a thinker and is thoughtful in his opinions. Unfortunately his opinions are that of a liberal minded person that view humans behavior under the lens of how they should act, not how they naturally act.

Public policy should bot be based on theories and ideals, but in my view on cause and effect. This is where Mr. Reich and I part company. So why do I read such books? As they say keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
You know a book has a sense of humor when the 4'10" author titles it "i'll be short". savvy thoughtful and quick... it is a good place to start a broader look at modern working class structures. he might not advocate revolution but he definitely would revolutionize modern working conditions and general labor policy.
Nov 17, 2008 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was short, so not a lot of details or tough arguments, but basically says we should be working together and it would better us all. I like Reich's liberal ideas and vision but it's easy to agree what is wrong and what could be better, today I want ideas and answers for how to get there. Maybe his other (thicker) book, Supercapitalism, should be my next read.
Aug 05, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Reich for President. Or, better yet, for Congress, a Congress of one. Then maybe all the things wrong with our country would get fixed. Mr. Reich describes some of the solutions to the problems George Packer identifies in "The Unwinding." The work is very prescient. Read it in conjunction with Mr. Reich's movie "Inequality for All."
Will Byrnes
Oct 25, 2008 Will Byrnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reich has knowledge and experience far out of proportion to his diminutive stature. Reich sees the growing economic distance between the uppers and the rest of us. He offers wisdom, solutions and a decent measure of humor. This is a guy who is worth hearing.
Christopher Mezzetta
Quick read. Reich in a nutshell. Innovative ideas on rebuilding the work force and how American can succeed again. A little dated as written pre- or immediately post 9/11 during the darkest depths the Bush presidency when it looked like hope had died forever.
Oct 15, 2007 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm currently in love with Robert Reich, so I'm just gobbling up all he has to say. While I don't agree with all of it, I find him a very engaging speaker and writer.
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Robert Bernard Reich is an American politician, academic, and political commentator. He served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is a former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is currently a professor at the Un ...more
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