Former President Bill Clinton’s new book detailing his advice on how to fix the economy has become an immediate best-seller, landing on the New York Times top 10 list of nonfiction books for three straight weeks.
Clinton’s “Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy”
debuted at No. 3 among hardcover books, has also been a top seller on Amazon – where it’s held the number one spot for all Amazon books on its Politics list.
Clinton’s book offers a blueprint for getting the country working again — a formula that President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans and Democrats alike could put into action even before the 2012 election. He outlines his “smart government” program in 46 actionable items.
The Economist magazine strongly praised “Back to Work” and suggested, “The book has two main strengths that Mr. Obama would be wise to emulate.”
First, the magazine suggests that Clinton offers a “credible long term” strategy for fixing the economy, one the country desperately needs and one open to deficit reduction.
Secondly, the Economist notes that Clinton has been “scouring America and the world” for the best, creative ideas that have worked elsewhere and could be useful to American policymakers. The magazine also lauds Clinton’s bipartisan approach, one it notes that Obama should latch on to.
The Times observes: “Mr. Clinton serves up a succinct common-sense argument for why America needs a strong national government, why both spending cuts and increased tax revenues are necessary for addressing the debt problem [which is going to get worse given the demographics of an aging baby-boomer population and the high costs of interest payments], and why that debt problem ‘can’t be solved unless the economy starts growing again.’”
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