Former US President Bill Clinton is still concerned with matters of state and tackles the issue of the stubborn U.S. economy in his new book, due to be published in November.
The book, called “Back to Work,” is set to entail his plans for US economic recovery and will detail his economic outlook.
Knopf Chairman and Editor in Chief, Sonny Mehta, stated that “Back to Work” is about getting America “back into the future business.”
Bill Clinton, who was president for two terms from 1993-2001, was in office during the longest economic expansion in American history.
His memoir, “My Life,” was a 2004 bestseller and went on to sell more than 2 million copies, despite criticisms that his book contained too much politics and not enough personal history.
His next book is set to be all politics, in the face of tense partisan tug-of-wars and a politically polarized American political scene. It will focus on the economy, which is set to be the integral talking point in the 2012 Presidential election, as unemployment exceeds 9% and advanced economies all over the globe brace themselves for a feared recession.
Clinton makes the case for government in an exceedingly anti-government political environment, spearheaded by the Tea Party, which seeks to shrink government spending and lower taxes.
He pushes for government investment to improve the country, saying that state ventures into traditionally privatized areas such as broadband, airports and railways will push the US into economic growth.
“There is no evidence that we can succeed in the 21st century with an antigovernment strategy,” writes Clinton in his book.
The book also talks about ways to increase corporate investment, increase exports, and save the floundering US manufacturing sector. He also lays out a blueprint for creating new jobs and businesses, especially those pertaining to green technology.
Despite the diverse array of ideas put forth in the book, Clinton says he wrote the book because he is concerned for his country.
“America at its core is an idea — the idea that no matter who you are or where you’re from, if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll have the freedom and opportunity to pursue your own dreams and leave your kids a country where they can chase theirs,” Clinton wrote in his book.