Leadership, autobiography by Rudolph Giuliani with Ken Kurson
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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:
This book is Giuliani's self-portrait. In it, Giuliani describes all of the events of his political career, as he wants the public to see it. There isn't much self-criticism here -- just his version of the events. That's certainly valuable to know, now that Giuliani is running for president, but the reader should keep in mind that this is only one side of the story -- the side that makes Giuliani look good.
OnTheIssues will add in some critical books about the same era, when good ones appear -- and they will, if Giuliani remains the Republican frontrunner. We currently include excerpts from one somewhat more critical biography, Giuliani: Flawed or Flawless.
This book covers Giuliani's life for these key events:
- Giuliani's early life, in brief, as it affected his decision to enter politics
- Giuliani's term as mayor, and the newsworthy issues of that period
- The events of Sept. 11 and Giuliani's reaction
- Giuliani's short-lived Senate race against Hillary Clinton (Giuliani withdrew after being diagnosed with prostate cancer)
- Giuliani's admiration of Ronald Reagan
The big question about this book is: Did Giuliani write the book with seeking the presidency in mind? I don't think so. I think Giuliani wrote the book with the idea of finishing his race for Senate against Hillary Clinton. The book certainly lays out a self-portrait that prepares for a future candidacy -- but I think it was intended for a New York audience, in a senatorial or gubernatorial race.
Perhaps the book is most targeted to future clients as well. Giuliani started a consulting firm after recovering from his illness. This book is ostensibly about Giuliani's principles of leadership. And it does detail those principles, except with examples from Giuliani's political career.
My conclusion is that Giuliani's book was a "trial balloon." That means, he wanted to see what the rest of the country would think about his story. Because the book was a bestseller, Giuliani certainly did get strong feedback about that. I suspect the positive feedback inspired him to run for president, because he saw that he could reach beyond New Yorkers successfully. In other words, Giuliani didn't write the book in order to run for president; the book's success persuaded Giuliani to run.
-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, August 2007
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Budget & Economy|
Rudy Giuliani: Under-estimate future revenue to force cost containment.
Rudy Giuliani: Banished "squeegee men": civility from treating small crimes.
Rudy Giuliani: Community policing is comforting but doesn't stop crime.
Rudy Giuliani: Schools should focus on educating kids, not protecting jobs.
Rudy Giuliani: Supports vouchers and supports using the word vouchers.
Rudy Giuliani: Cut city funding for offensive art at Brooklyn Museum.
Families & Children|
Rudy Giuliani: Restrict sex shops to small buffer zone.
Rudy Giuliani: Applied "reinventing government" to New York City.
Rudy Giuliani: Debates on campaign finance reform miss the point on honesty.
Ronald Reagan: Dealt with Soviets but insisted on verification with teeth.
Rudy Giuliani: Led New York City through the events of 9/11.
Rudy Giuliani: We're right and terrorists are wrong--as simple as that.
Rudy Giuliani: Deal with untrustworthy negotiators by getting it in writing.
Rudy Giuliani: Would personally execute Bin Laden for attacking NYC.
Ronald Reagan: Fired PATCO workers who broke oath not to strike.
Principles & Values|
Ronald Reagan: Built morale so people believed things could be accomplished.
Rudy Giuliani: Dropped out of 2000 Senate race to put his health first.
Rudy Giuliani: Considered medicine & priesthood before entering law.
Rudy Giuliani: Endorsed Democrat Mario Cuomo for NY Governor in 1994.
Rudy Giuliani: First day as mayor: reduced sales tax from 6% to 5%.
Welfare & Poverty|
Rudy Giuliani: America Works: pay company for jobs for welfare recipients.
The above quotations are from Leadership, autobiography by Rudolph Giuliani with Ken Kurson.
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