Back to Work - Bill Clinton

Back to Work

By Bill Clinton

  • Release Date: 2011-11-08
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 337 Ratings)
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“I wrote this book because I love my country and I'm concerned about our future,” writes Bill Clinton. “As I often said when I first ran for President in 1992, America at its core is an idea—the idea that no matter who you are or where you're from, if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll have the freedom and opportunity to pursue your own dreams and leave your kids a country where they can chase theirs.”

In Back to Work, Clinton details how we can get out of the current economic crisis and lay a foundation for long-term prosperity. He offers specific recommendations on how we can put people back to work and create new businesses, increase bank lending and corporate investment, double our exports, and restore our manufacturing base. He supports President Obama’s emphasis on green technology, saying that change in the way we produce and consume energy is the strategy most likely to spark a fast-growing economy and enhance our national security.

Clinton also says that we need both a strong economy and a smart government working together to restore prosperity and progress. He demonstrates that whenever we’ve given in to the temptation to blame government for our problems, we’ve lost our commitment to shared prosperity, balanced growth, financial responsibility, and investment in the future. That has led our nation into trouble because there are some things we have to do together. For example, he says, “Our ability to compete in the twenty-first century is dependent on our willingness to invest in infrastructure: we need faster broadband, a state-of-the-art national electrical grid, modernized water and sewer systems, and the best airports, trains, roads, and bridges.

“There is no evidence that we can succeed in the twenty-first century with an antigovernment strategy,” writes Clinton, “with a philosophy grounded in ‘You’re on your own’ rather than ‘We’re all in this together.’” Clinton believes that conflict between government and the private sector has proved to be remarkably good politics, but it has produced bad policies, giving us a weak economy with few jobs, growing income inequality and poverty, and a decline in our competitive position. In the real world, cooperation works much better than conflict, and “we need victories in the real world.”


  • More people should read book

    By wangwangusa
    Very impressed with this book. Mr Bill clinton shows that he is still on the ball and gives real examples on how and what things can be done. More people should read this book, especially those people in positions of decision making. Just my simple view.
  • Will not waste my time or money

    By Cath456
    Bill Clinton know little about this country or the people he claims to represent. He has been caught in a number of lies and women. Why would anyone want to read more lies by Bill Clinton is a mystery. Bill Clinton is a disgrace to this country. My concerned about having oral sex in the Oval Office then running the country. He is one step away from a sexual predator.
  • Great reading

    By Cleber Angelo
    Exceptional book where the data supports connecting the ideas. Well writen and very enjoyable reading. It brings several good ideas for collaboration to help America get back on track.
  • Excellent!

    By G-Love/filoso4
    Proposals to get the economy moving in the bullish direction. Also expresses the common sense idea that only through a cooperative partnership between government and business does an economy really work well.
  • Ok read

    By Staynavytom
    This is an ok read especially since it repeats the democrat view of government. There are several charts from independent groups to support Mr Clinton's discussion.
  • A great read!

    By rocketriggs11
    Very intelligent. A great book.
  • good ideas

    By querque
    This book offers several good ideas, and focuses on moving past ideology and working together as a nation to solve the unemployment problem.
  • Great

    By Bcski
    Why can't we do this?
  • This book deserves wider recognition

    By WhistfulAlso
    Well written and easy to read, this books helps to explain a complex crisis and offers concrete solutions. The author also realizes that there are solutions.
  • Honorific former president Clinton.

    By High peak
    Excellent purposed for America and American people.