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Perhaps a more interesting book today than when it was released
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2009
I'd like to have liked this more, but there's two reasons I couldn't.
He starts strong, giving a litany of what he thinks is wrong with American politics and business life. But the more you listen to his positions on big business activities like Enron and WorldCom, you may find yourself thinking "but it's not like you were an outsider during all of this". Reich was in the Clinton White House. He was Secretary of Labor. He was there. Sure, Clinton didn't control the Congress, but people listen when a Cabinet Secretary talks. He didn't speak up then, so he waives a bit of his moral right to speak now.
2. This book isn't actually about Why Liberals Will Win. It's about what Robert Reich thinks is wrong with conservatism. That's fine, but you may find yourself waiting for the conclusion that never comes.
The book becomes a more interesting read today, with Barack Obama in the White House, than it was when it was released during the George W. Bush presidency and the liberal time in the wilderness. You can see how ideas like the ones Reich advocates are coming back into the national discourse. We'll see if it turns out he was right...