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A Nation of Wusses


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Introduction 1 1 The Wussification of America 5 2 "We're Mad as Hell and We're Not Going to Take it Anymore!" 11 3 "I Wear Blue, Take Me Too!" 21 4 Only a Smart Jewish Lawyer Can Turn This City Around 29 5 The Truth about Waste, Fraud, and Abuse 35 6 "Fast Eddie, We Are Ready!" 47 7 What's a Nice Jewish Boy Doing Holding Hands with Louis Farrakhan? 57 8 "We Don't Cover Plane Landings!" 63 9 "Harper Valley PTA" 69 10 Animals I Have Known 83 11 How to Get Uninvited to a Christmas Party You Were Never Invited To 91 12 How My Love Affair with Philadelphia Made Me Governor 99 13 Lobbyists' Rule: No Money for School 105 14 "Behold the Turtle" 111 15 How Two Young Non-Wuss Pittsburgh Women Stared Down the Haitian and US Governments 117 16 Sports and Politics 127 17 "Like a Sturgeon" 137 18 "Hillary, Hillary ..." 143 19 Change We Can Believe In: How the Best Communicator in Campaign History Has Been Badly Outcommunicated as President 151 20 "Know When to Fold 'Em" 159 21 Please, Please Don't Honor Me 167 22 Build, Baby, Build: "Infrastructure," the Least Sexy Word in the English Language 173 23 Stand and Defend: There Are Some Things Worth Losing For 183 24 "The Charge of the Wuss Brigade!" 193 25 Does Government Create Jobs? 197 26 Is Honesty the Best Policy? 203 27 The Top Ten Reasons Why Most American Politicians Are Wusses 209 28 How to Get Our Democracy Back on Track--Electoral Reform 217 Conclusion 225 Acknowledgments 231 Index 233

About the Author

ED RENDELL served two terms as Governor of Pennsylvania (2002--2010) and headed the Democratic National Committee in 2000. Now a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, and a senior political analyst for MSNBC, he also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and is a regular on SportsNet's post-game live show for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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