The New American Story

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The New American Story
Author Bill Bradley
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Random House
Publication date
March 27, 2007
ISBN 978-1-4000-6507-3
OCLC 76416547
973.931 22
LC Class JK275 .B69 2007

The New American Story is a book written by former United States Senator and 2000 presidential hopeful, Bill Bradley, and first published on March 27, 2007. The book offers workable solutions to the old American stories about economy, oil, entitlements, and party politics.


In his book, Bill Bradley offers a rebuttal to the myths of division that paralyze the United States.

The first section, The New American Story, carves up the Old American Story into thematic bits, where Senator Bradley exposes the root assumptions that underlie our longstanding social and economic problems and lead to our current gridlock.

Section II, The New Agenda, offers a no-nonsense analysis of the national agendas on the economy, oil and the environment, pensions, health care, and education, countering some cherished Old American Stories with facts. The author makes facts memorable and meaningful, and calls Americans to action by presenting a workable solution for each problem in the book.

Section III, The Political Landscape, looks at party politics. He retells both the Republican and Democratic party histories to reveal why the Reds "can't" and the Blue's "don't" look America's longstanding challenges square in the eye or take effective action.

The final section, Realizing the Dream, confronts entrenched politics-as-usual and concludes with a call for a new "ethic of connectedness." The former Senator sees political action as a force for good—if only Americans would wake up and participate. He includes a mid-book 5-page summary action plan that pulls together an "incisive blueprint for action."

From beginning to end, The New American Story offers facts and statistics as well as insightful analysis. He includes anecdotes such as his own failed bid for his party's nomination.

According to the book, no problem is too big to be solved by the collective action of engaged individuals. Anyone can participate in a survey of the issues Bradley raises and can express themselves and see how others feel about facts of twenty-first century American life by going to

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