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Publisher's Summary

The most widely recognized business executive of all time asks the tough questions that America's leaders must address:

  • What is each of us giving back to our country?
  • Do we truly love democracy?
  • Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good?
  • Why is America addicted to oil?
  • Do we really care about our children's futures?
  • Who will save the middle class?

    Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis: such as today. He has known more leaders than almost anybody else, including nine U.S. presidents, many heads of state, CEOs of the nation's top corporations, celebrities, and even a pope, and is uniquely suited to share his wisdom, knowledge, and wit about the leadership of America. Lee Iacocca does not mince words, and in Where Have All the Leaders Gone? he offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008. He also shares his lessons learned, and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots of hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism.

    Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer.

  • ©2007 Lee Iacocca and Associates, Inc., a California Corporation. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

    Critic Reviews

    "Iacocca rails against the lack of leadership in vital national concerns such as health care, open markets and energy policy....The book's strength lies in Iacocca's emotional honesty." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Although Iacocca presents a brutal analysis of cronyism in Washington, D.C., the abysmal situation in Iraq, and failed policies at home, he is not a pessimist. With a reputation as a straight shooter, he hopes to inspire more young people to vote. This is a surprisingly outspoken take on the pressing need for real leadership in this country." (Booklist)

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    • Michael
    • Matthews, NC, United States
    • 02-16-08

    Good listen after the Bush bashing

    I remember thinking in the 1st & then the 2nd chapter): What in the world, this isn't the man I thought I was getting. For some reason I kept listening and finally late in the 2nd/early 3rd chapter, he stopped bashing and started a more positive, helpful, and enlightening message.

    My bottom line - if you can just make it through the Bush family bashing; I'm not defending them mind you; it's a very interesting book. The admirable Mr. Iacocca does show through and one can understand how he has achieved his stature as a respected & decisive man.

    I'm glad I purchased & listened. While I appreciate his opinion & outspoken voice, his bashing is a little too negatively conveyed for my taste.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

    • Overall

    How could you not love this??

    Conservative or Liberal, old or young I think this book offers plenty for all of to think about.

    While you might not agree with the entire book (it'd be shocking if you did), chances are Lee has points that'll make you shake your head in agreement and think about long after reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

    • Overall

    Some good points but alot of just Bush Bashing

    I have to say unfortunately I lost a little respect for the man. He was an Icon when I was growning up and was credited with saving many jobs here in michigan not to mention Chrysler. The book while making very good points and asking some of the right questions gets off track at times when he goes on tirades about President George W. Bush. Had he stayed focused I think this book would have received alot more acolateds.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • Ken
    • Mission Viejo, CA, USA
    • 05-18-08

    Enjoyable

    Always best when the author reads. True Lee Iacocca with some interesting new stories and his take on the current economy and administration. I don't agree, but his opinion is worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

    • Overall

    Not a leadership book

    This book is not about leadership. Lee talks primarily about politics and about how successful he was. I was looking for some leadership lessons but got disappointed in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Mike
    • Greentown, IN, USA
    • 05-27-07

    Lee has lost it!

    I was a huge fan of Lee in the 70's and respected his opinions. I was looking forward to this book but was surprised to find that he has become a talking head for people like Michael Moore, John Kerry, John Murtha and Moveon.org. Very dissapointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    • Karen
    • Livermore, CT, USA
    • 12-17-07

    Inspirational

    Iacoca shares his triumphs as well as his failures, and the learning that came from each. He clearly intimates that each of us has it in us to be a leader - it's a choice. His political leanings are clearly evident, but there is a message in those opinions. First ask ourselves questions about how well we approve of the state of our country, and then accept the responsibility to pay attention, learn and vote accordingly. I'll listen to this again, and have already recommended it to others.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

    • Overall

    More Political then Business

    Thought the book would be more helpful as a leader. The book could be better decribed as Iococa's views on politics.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Ward
    • Mesa, AZ, USA
    • 04-27-07

    A lot of ranting

    I’m a CEO in a company I founded 15 years ago, and an author myself on several leadership books. I have always admired Lee, and what he has accomplished as a CEO, but I found this book troubling. I was looking for a different perspective on leadership, not a political rant and bashing of the current administration. He keys in on specific individuals within the current administration for what he calls their failed leadership policies, and sites example after example—which may well be true, but I think its safe to say that that cold be said for any administration. Lee should have sterilized his political prejudices, and instead focused in on the success and or failings in a more generic way. If your goal is to educate, and want people to truly learn, you must keep their emotions in check—especially political ones. I felt that this was written more to lash out on what he thought was wrong with this administration, than on principles of leadership in general. I did enjoy listening to the passion in his voice, and his ideas he brought forth in several areas—when he wasn’t off on a tirade.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    • David
    • Stanhope, NJ, USA
    • 04-21-07

    Must hear for everyone

    Staight talk from a great leader. This is the first book (and there have been many that I've donwnloaded) that I had to listen to straight through. It is ideas/thought concepts that everyone should hear. STOP READING THIS REVIEW AND GET THIS BOOK. LISTEN TO IT. It is a must hear.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    • jeffrey
    • 06-16-12

    Diaspointed

    I was expecting a story about leadership from the Icon of Corporate CEOs, instead I got the ramblings of a man who is frustrated with the way America has gone. His insight and thoughts are interesting, but it got old after a while and I stopped listening to it.