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A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America

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“I’m the only person in the history of Virginia elected to statewide office with a Union card, two Purple Hearts, and three tattoos."

Jim Webb—the bestselling author and now the celebrated, outspoken U.S. Senator from Virginia—presents a clear-eyed, hard-hitting plan of attack for putting government to work for the people, rather than special interests, and for restoring th
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 19th 2008 by Broadway (first published January 1st 2008)
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David
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
James Webb considers himself to be a journalist; He wrote six books and was the executive producer of the movie Rules of Engagement. He was a lecturer at the US Naval Academy. Nevertheless, he is better known as a Vietnam War hero while he was a US Marine Platoon Commander, as a Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan, and as a Senator (Democrat) from Virginia. He is well known for his outspoken views during just about every job he ever held; for example, he is known for his opposition to ...more
Ron Grunberg
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It is rare and satisfying to read a book by a member of the U.S. Senate that bespeaks an enormous intelligence, diplomacy and directness, befitting a gentleman with no ax to grind, and which teaches so profoundly subject matter based on long experience and no long windedness.

I speak of this book by Senator Jim Webb, who took a quite unusual path into politics: he was a writer for 30 years. This is his ninth book. He was Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, has worked all over the world in the Mar
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David
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Heard him on NPR and was interested. It’s really well done. I didn’t realize that he was a novelist (the movie Rules of Engagment was based on one of his books) as well as the Secretary of Navy during the Reagan administration. Makes for some interesting perspectives. It is inspiring in the same way that Obama can energize, but he also gives voice to a few more pragmatic hard-core progressive concerns. Some of those rust-belt issues that seem to be dogging Obama. I particularly like his comparis ...more
Neil
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it
As a Virginian waking up happily to a newly blue state on November 5th, I had mixed feelings about Senator Webb's book.

In the chapter where he directly addresses his subtitle "reclaiming a fair and just America," Webb is very good. He makes an excellent case for why the rich/poor gap in America has become untenable and how the Republicans have used power not just to defend business interests but actively to make the wealthiest Americans even wealthier. Everyone ought to read this chapter.

That sa
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James
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every American voter
A carefully thought-through manifesto from a wise, brave, and unselfish patriot. Senator Webb has long been one of my heroes, and my regard for him has deepened as I've read this book.

Like this author, when I was training as a young Marine officer, one of the many things I learned by heart is that whenever possible, if you're pointing out a problem you should offer at least one possible solution. In this book Senator Webb points out deep-rooted problems in several areas in our country today, and
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Kent Lundgren
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you love this country for its promise, for what it should be, for what it CAN be, Senator James Webb's book will make you cry at the loss of direction and focus, and fear for our future. This book is not the typical liberal jeremiad about America's sins and shortcomings, but the deeply-considered thoughts of a highly intelligent man with a strong sense of duty and love of country, about how the United States is betraying its promises to itself. He is a patriot of the best sort and he writes w ...more
ProgressiveBookClub
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A smart, tough-minded election-year manifesto for change.

“I’m the only person in the history of Virginia elected to statewide office with a Union card, two Purple Hearts and three tattoos."

Jim Webb—the best-selling author and now the celebrated, outspoken U.S. Senator from Virginia—presents a clear-eyed, hard-hitting plan of attack for putting government to work for the people, rather than for special interests, and for restoring the country's standing around the world.

Infused with the intellige
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Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Raul
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A "must" book for anyone considering participation in the forthcoming 2008 US presidential election.

Although largely autobiographical, Jim Webb point out some of the major problems his country is facing, and offers, as the best and indeed urgent solution, that Americans should take advantage of the privileges they have under the US Constitution to speak out, and demand better performance from the leaders the elect to represent them. In choosing among candidates, voters should not be distracted
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Don
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
letting perfect be enemy of good, substance over politics, tsunami forces change, debating club shrewd cunning, scorpions in a jar, 2/3 wrong track 06 election Rove and next Obama disinformation vote for least harm, safety nets make rebellion, economic America social justice, write faction facts and fiction, poor VA service poor special ed class self important jerk no tip, thank good Lord for Nrotc, guaranteed equal outcome what about opportunity, dis Schivo dis TR, use govt to get rich manipula ...more
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James Henry "Jim" Webb, Jr. (born February 9, 1946) is the junior Senator from Virginia. He is also an author and a former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

A 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Webb served as a Marine Corps infantry officer until 1972, and is a highly decorated Vietnam War combat veteran. During his four years with th
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“Entrenched aristocracies, however we may want to define them, do not want change; their desire instead is to manage dissent in a way that does not disrupt their control. But over time, under the right system of government, a free, thinking people has the energy and ultimately the power to effect change.” 0 likes
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