From one of the foremost political and cultural thought leaders of our time, New York Times bestselling author Senator Bill Bradley comes, We Can All Do Better, a game-changing and thought-provoking book about how we can break our present cycle of despair, frustration, and cynicism permeating country, and presents a unique opportunity for American voters to partake in a more participatory form of democracy.
In We Can All Do Better, Sen. Bradley accomplishes three very powerful messages: Clarifies where we are, explains how we got here, and points the way forward. We Can All Do Better is a cogent, clear, humane and factual journey that reminds us of the greatness of America, Americans, and the American system, while assessing with a clear eye the ways we have gotten off track. By providing many historical examples of prior challenges to the democracy that were eventually surmounted by a citizenry unafraid to make changes where change was needed, the book inspires positive action. It reminds us that our common vision of America has always been more powerful than what divides us, and that every generation has, eventually, expanded the franchise, improved the system, and every now and then, saved the world. And it's time for Americans to do so again.
We Can All Do Better is significant, with a lasting legacy; a book we will point to in the future for its contribution to understanding, for the conversation it catalyzed, and for the forward progress it inspired.
We Can All Do Better addresses the fundamental political and societal issue of our time: the pervasive feeling that our current political system is not serving us as it should. This is a topic that is at once incredibly timely, endlessly rehashed, and yet poorly understood. Its historical roots, its structural forces, changes and challenges are seldom assessed; pundits, reactionaries, and many citizens instead simply decry the sorry state of affairs and point fingers. We Can All Do Better arrives at a moment when both of the major parties appear entrenched in positions that do not address the country's acknowledged, persistent, and looming problems of unemployment, debt, immigration, education, war, and security, and the current presidential election cycle appears destined to descend into platitudes, pledges, and litmus tests.
Senator Bill Bradley is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC. From 2001-2004, he acted as chief outside advisor to McKinsey & Company's nonprofit practice. He was a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of the International Council of JP Morgan & Co., Inc. from 1997-1999. During that time, he also worked as an essayist for CBS evening news and was a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland. Senator Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979-1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967-1977 during which time they won 2 NBA championships. In 1982 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Senator Bradley holds a BA degree in American History from Princeton University and an MA degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored six books on American politics, culture and economy.
Currently, Senator Bradley hosts American Voices, a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.
For more information please visit http://www.billbradley.com, and follow the author on Facebook
"Every American should read this courageous book. It's full of history and heart and solutions that can give us all hope. It reminds us of our better selves and represents citizen leadership at its best."
-- Howard Schultz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Starbucks Coffee Company
"For all of us who care about the renewal of our country and the revitalization of our politics, this extraordinary book provides an indispensable guide. Bradley speaks with unusual clarity, candor, insight and passion about the problems we face and the road we can take to move forward. This book should be widely read."
-- Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Presidential Historian
"Bill Bradley is gone from the NBA and Senate but in this timely book he reminds us that the demands of citizenship never stop -- and he offers a plan to get America back in the game."
-- Tom Brokaw, Former NBC News Anchor and New York Times Bestselling Author
"Bill Bradley has bravely and frankly examined the most important issues America must deal with for its economic future, its foreign policy and its political system. He is trenchant in his criticism of what was allowed to happen to the economy leading to a near financial and economic catastrophe . . . He is particularly incensed with the gridlock in the political system, that Congress is more interested in scoring partisan points rather than moved by what is for the common good. Bradley has a good grasp of the huge challenge China poses for America . . . and what it takes for America to compete with China."
-- Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore
"Bill Bradley presents a cogent and historically grounded book, outlining the problems embedded in our current American way of civic engagement and proposing solutions."
-- Library Journal
"At his best there is no better and Bill Bradley is at the top of his game in pointing us toward the renewal of politics with practical ideas and a hopeful spirit. His many years as a public man and private citizen ground his optimism in realistic possibilities of what we can do to make America once again work for all of us."
-- Bill Moyers, New York Times Bestselling Author and Host of Moyers & Company
"Bill Bradley's We Can All Do Better is a clarion call to Americans of every political stripe and walk of life to stand up and demand of themselves and of their leaders the fair play, idealism, discipline and optimism that made America a beacon for the world. This thoughtful book deserves wide attention."
-- Dr. Henry Kissinger, Former Secretary of State, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and Bestselling Author