David Goldfield

“a sparkling, sweeping and deeply engaging account of an era when ”government was good”


“a heartfelt plea for a revival of

socially responsible leadership.”

“an activist federal government guided the country toward the first real flowering of the American Dream.”

“a pleasure to read”

"This is cheering stuff, a reminder that

America, which was already a great nation,

became a greater nation when

government policies were able to help

release the potential of its citizenry."

"The book recounts a phenomenon

that many Americans have never

experienced and don’t believe is

possible — a government that works."


Jeffrey Frank, NYT Book Review,

Dec. 17. 2017.

NOV 14


Elaine C. Kamarck

Washington Post Dec.22. 2017

"Goldfield tells the real story of how

to make America great again"

"One of the Great Books to Hunker Down With in 2018."



NPR, Todd Zwillich "The Take Away show"



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I hope what you see captures your interest. I have

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more that you will enjoy it.