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Real Change: The Fight for America's Future

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Americans don’t just want change this election year, they want real change—but most have no idea where it will come from. Democrats can’t provide it and Republicans won’t. But former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich does. He explains what is wrong with our country and how to solve our problems in his blockbuster new book, Real Change: From the World That Fails to the Wor ...more
Paperback, 310 pages
Published June 15th 2009 by Regnery Publishing (first published December 18th 2007)
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4.5 stars. Let me begin by saying that Newt Gingrich is my favorite current political figure and so my review of this book definitely comes from the standpoint of someone who is "drinking the kool-aid" so to speak. I agree with many (though not all) of Newt's ideas and so he had a very friendly audience in me. That said, I thought this was an excellent book that outlines a number of very promising ideas that are worth considering from taxes, to social security, to the judiciary, to education ref ...more
Sep 21, 2008 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are fed up with the movement of this country towards socialism
A good read. This book states much of the material that Newt Gingrich has covered in his speeches and in the presentations on American Solutions. For those who are not aware of what American Solutions is this book is a good primer. This book also focuses on what it will take to save America: Real Change. Mr. Gingrich does not advocate changing the ideas and principles our country was founded on, but on the policies for implementing those ideas and principles. It is the policies and the resulting ...more
Nov 06, 2008 Marky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: America
Recommended to Marky by: N/A
This book talks about a wide varity of political issues concerning America today and some conservative solutions to them.
It is quite interesting how it seems like America is very evenly divided. But if you take a close look, America agrees on many issues. The majority of Americans don't support seperation of church and states, support making the english language the American language, think social security is broken, support a flat tax, support drilling offshore, and support nuclear energy. Cl
Apr 04, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone especially our elected officials.
Newt is someone who looks at a situation and can see something is wrong and then he figures out how to fix it. He is a real problem solver. You might not agree with everything he says, but you should be able to he is right about the problems in our country and Washington. I think he has good ideas. So many politicians do things not to fix things and make our country better, but to please the groups that give them money. Even when the politicians are trying to be compassionate, they need to be ju ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I flew through this book. It is the first book in a long time where I went back the following day and wrote notes. There are many interesting topics and entries in this book that I do not want to forget. Especially the constant references to great leadership in the first half of the book. I highly recommend this book to both conservatives and liberals. I would love to see Newt on the Republican ticket in 2012.
Aug 15, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who calls themselves american
Shelves: politics
Best political book I've read so far. Rather than just bashing on the democrats, offers real ideas and backs them up with research to support the solutions and that the American public supports the ideas. Really shows why he was able to engineer the republican takeover of congress, why the republicans are in the position that they are now and what needs to happen for the republican party and intelligent caring democrats as well.
Feb 10, 2009 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty years ago, I would have never thought that I would live to see the day when I would think that Newt Gingrich had anything interesting to say. HA. I am glad that I have grown up. This is a really great read and I wish that everyone in D.C. was required to read it. As the books shows, not all problems that need to be solved have to be politically divisive. I would classify it as "moderate-right" in its political leanings, but there are good ideas in here regardless of your "Party".
Dec 13, 2010 Lillie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culture-politics
The statistics quoted throughout the book made a big impression on me. If we listen to the media, we believe that we are a hopelessly divided country. Yet the polling done by Gingrich's organization shows that on almost all of the major issues facing the nation today, there is consensus, often 70%-80% or more agreement. We should be solving the problems we agree on and get the government working.
Sep 03, 2008 Nole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nole by: Jeff Lilley
Tons of great statistics in this book, most of which I found myself surprised by. Newt talks at length about the problems facing America today and how he believes we should best approach those problems. In my opinion he delivers a fairly balanced set of ideas, too bad no one appears to be listening....
Robert Irvin
Oct 30, 2008 Robert Irvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in education reform
Recommended to Robert by: airport bookshelf
Another airport book for the political season. I don't always agree with his prescription (tax incentives for everything?), but his common sense look at some of our political system's failings, especially education and NASA, are eye opening and should make us wonder about campaign promises.
Matt Howard
I found I agreed with 80% of his recommendations for changing America. I figure the chances of his program being adopted are about equal to his chances of being elected president. In other words, ain't going to happen. Too bad. It might save the country from ruin,
May 23, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a lot of very down to earth logical solutions to today's real world issues - some of his solutions are progressive (big government) in nature and I am not for that but all in all its worth the price and your time to read
Jared Bangerter
Jul 21, 2008 Jared Bangerter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely phenomenal book. Anyone who has drank the Obama cool-aid and was tricked into thinking he brings "change" needs to read this book, Newt (one of the great ones) discuss what real change would be and how average Americans can effect this change.
John Keenan
Jan 19, 2009 John Keenan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, and explains the patently obvious Bush Adm failure over the last few years, and that the tactic of the conservatives must be a call to what is right and not try to moderate the message. Currently reading. Good politico read.
Oct 03, 2015 Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good. Even though it is an older book, it has many solutions we still need as a nation. I would recommend!
May 07, 2008 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was bored to tears when I read this book. There's no doubt Gingrich is a smart man, but that doesn't necessarily translate into being a compelling author.
Aug 05, 2009 Kristy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for those intersted in politics. Written prior to the election, it takes a look into why both political parties are failing the American public. It makes you think!!!
Nedland P.
Dec 11, 2010 Nedland P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newt has a tremendously innovative mind, however I believe he contributes the most on the sidelines generating ideas. I'm afraid he believes in big government managed effectively, an oxymoron.
Lydia Stafford
Read the book loved it. Even though he's dead on, he's still a Historian. The only problem with Newt is his mouth gets him in trouble.
Feb 05, 2008 Nathan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dittoheads
Shelves: books-from-work
A positive tone on business-friendly approaches to government reform. If I trusted business to run my life I might be swayed.
Jul 25, 2011 Rowdy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Book...don't agree 100%, but he's on the right track.
David Vanness
Oct 13, 2014 David Vanness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
I also just acquired the CD version.
Oct 16, 2009 Crystal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
nothing new or intriguing...
Sep 22, 2008 Z A C K is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I'm still reading it...
Jan 31, 2008 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Currently reading
Kevin Koppelmann
Great common sense book
Mar 14, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I wish he would have run for president.
Mar 31, 2010 Richelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
He's got SOME good ideas, but too bad the republican party forced me to become an Independent.
David Rosage
May 15, 2009 David Rosage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book, full of inspiring ideas for the future.
Dec 19, 2009 M marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait to read how wrong he was about his predictions.duh.
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Newt Gingrich is well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America” that led the Republican Party to victory in 1994 by capturing the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. After he was elected Speaker, he disrupted the status quo by moving power out of Washington and back to the American people. Under his leadership, Congress passed welfare reform ...more
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