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R. K. Munsell
5.0 out of 5 starsJim Webb- the defination of a leader.
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2015
After reading this book I wonder why isn't this man President of the United States? He is a US Navy Academy graduate and professor, has written a slew of great books, made movies, was a US senator, was Secretary of the Navy and an asst. secretary of defense. He has been awarded two of the top three medals the US awards for valor in combat in Vietnam-his Marines would have stormed hell for him. Most significant, he is a proven leader has shed blood for his country instead of the hot air provided by most of the windbags that inhabit Washington DC- including the White House. His thinking and facts presented in this book are hard to argue with and right on target. He is a progressive Democrat that reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt-a Republican. Super book-great man.
5.0 out of 5 starsthe poor and working-class whites of the South and middle west
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2015
Sen. Webb's analysis of what ails America is on target. He writes with the passion of someone who thinks and cares deeply about his country, and his story-telling ability, hones over the course of writing several best-sellers, shows itself here, as he lays out the broad themes of his agenda. These include prison reform, a sensible foreign policy that projects American power in the service of our own interests rather than on behalf of messianic, utopian ideology, and a domestic policy that concentrates out 'nation-building' efforts where they belong: here at home. Sen. Webb's obvious compassion for those left behind, especially his own folk, the poor and working-class whites of the South and middle west, expresses itself in definite policy prescriptions, such as a revival of the 'Civilian Conservation Corps,' as a way to solve both structural unemployment and job-skills issues while also rebuilding our Nation's infrastructure. His rootedness in his family's past ties him to rural America in a way that our trans-national elites can never be, nor understand. That he has not had a better hearing before a far greater audience than has been the case since he published this book is a shame, more reflective of America's immersion in celebrity politics than it is of the relative merits of those who offer their leadership to us in a time of uncertainty and lingering crisis. This book is well worth the read, and it will make the reader think. Even in disagreement, one can learn much from pondering Sen. Webb's policy proposals.
4.0 out of 5 starsIt read like fiction but was factual. I admire Jim Webb and his fight to bring back a caring America and avoid wars.
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2014
Admire the people who stand against the odds for what is right and sensible. The wars in last 20 years or so were wars of choice and greed as far as I am concerned. Like Webb said, you don't win democracy at the point of a gun, and war should always be defensive and the last resort. Not to make our country richer and to dictate to the world. Can't win wars that are not fought for right reason. Can't tell other nations how to run their country. No one has right to go into other country and dictate policy. We had our Civil War. They have same right to settle things among themselves. I thought Webb's book excellent and all Americans that care should read it.
There is a lot of fighting going on in Washington these days. This is not the fighting that Jim Webb is talking about. He spends a fair amount of time in the beginning of the book to reveal his background--not so we would know how he came to be a U.S. Senator but rather so we would understand his thinking process. A Time to Fight is calling for a rational approach to solving today's problems. He looks at problems--the deficit, the close ties between the military and the Defense industry it supports, the prison system, and the class warfare going on today--and he presents a clear understanding about how these problems came to exist and what should be done to solve them. It is refreshing to hear a public figure talk about the greed that is tearing our country apart. Instead of blaming the poor for being poor, he points to the real culprits--those people whose unrestrained greed continues daily to take money out of the system. The poor don't choose to be poor but the rich choose to keep them poor and then blame them for everything that goes wrong. Not every reader will agree with all of Webb's stands on the issues but Webb does look at each issue thoroughly and objectively. This is an excellent read for both conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans--for in truth, Webb has been all of these, and why shouldn't he have been. These are complicated times and there are no simple, pat solutions.
5.0 out of 5 starsI am all in for Jim Webb to be our next President
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2015
Jim Webb is my man to be the next President of the United States. After just reading the first 13 pages which comprise the first Chapter, I was all in. Whether is was the economy of our country or the big divide between the wealthy and the poor or especially the use of our military since I am also a veteran to foreign policy or any other subject, Jim Webb echoed my own feelings on this subject and hence why I wrote him last week to tell him that I would support him both finacially albeit meagerly since I am a part of the middle class or anything else that I could do from a grass roots level and this is in spite of the fact that he his a Democrat because his hero was Andy Jackson and I used to be a died in the wool Republican until I became dissatisfied with the Republican Party since they didn't follow the lead of the Republican Party in 1947 when they took over Congress.
5.0 out of 5 starsWebb hits another one outta' the park!
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2013
Good history. Good background research and it is a story that might offend the overly sensitive people in this country who don't understand historical context. That's too bad. History counts, it happens, it is happening now, it will always be around us, we must embrace it and not change it. There is value in history no matter how uncomfortable you feel about reading it. Deal with it, you can not change it, you can only learn from it. If you refuse to learn or know history have no fear... it will come back and you can live through similar circumstances and not enjoy it like those who have gone before didn't enjoy their slice of history that you didn't like reading about.... and on and on and on.... cycles have an uncanny way of circling back for a repeat performance.
I enjoyed Senator Webb's earlier "Born Fighting", which is about the Scots-Irish and the building of the USA. In this book he has laid out his political vision for America. It is interesting in that he was originally a Democrat who turned Republican in the 1970s (with the Democratic Party moving in a very left-ward direction). He served as Navy Secretary in the Reagan Administration in the 1980s. Not being happy with the policies in the Bush II years, he then went back to the Democrats to win the Virginia Senate seat. Given how the Democratic Party has gone further leftwards, Jim Webb is now an Independent. Indeed he has shown that he puts the nation's interest before mere partisanship, and this book (written about ten years ago) serves as good background to the earth-shaking political events of 2016.