by Frank Li
Have you read my book Saving America, Chinese Style already? If yes, I hope you found it of value and will help me save America by convincing others to read it. Now, are you intrigued by the cover like several other readers? If yes, read on ...
If you have not read the book, let me publicize it further cover to cover as follows:
What's so special about the cover of the book?
Book reviews after the book was out, which will appear in the paperback version of the book one year from now, hopefully.
1. What's so special about the cover of the book?
Several readers were intrigued by the cover of the book and asked me about it. Here are two main questions:
China: Who are the three Chinese leaders in the middle and why?
America: What is the reason behind the selection of the three American Presidents in the middle?
Let me answer these two questions.
1.1 Three Chinese leaders
Mao unified China in 1949, which was quite an achievement in Chinese history, if not human history. Tragically, Mao brutally ruled, and ruined, China from 1949 to his death in 1976.
Deng proved to be one of the greatest peaceful transformational leaders in human history. Deng not only turned China's economy around (via capitalism), but also set China's political system on a new course (i.e. "a dictatorship without a dictator"), which appears to be slightly better than the western democracy. As a result, China not only got out of abject poverty in such a massive scale and in such a short time span that it was simply unprecedented in human history, but also is well on her way to becoming the largest economy on earth by 2030.
Xi is the new leader in China. He faces huge challenges, because "the smooth ride set out by Deng will be over soon" (Chapter 3). I wish him well. Of course, I remember his letter to my family in condolence of my father's death in April 2012 (Chapter 75).
1.2 Three American Presidents
They are the three worst American Presidents in [recent] history!
George W. Bush: At this time, many Americans view George W. Bush, whose legacy is largely defined by the Iraq war (Chapter 55), as the worst President. But that would be nothing as compared with President Kennedy 20 years from now. Why?
John Kennedy: Here is an excerpt from Chapter 30: "President Kennedy might well be recognized as the worst American President ever twenty years from now, as America finally realizes the magnitude of the damage he caused by allowing public-sector unions in 1961."
Barack Obama: President Obama just started his second term. So he has four more years to (re-)define his legacy. If he stays the course, he will definitely be competing with President Kennedy for the honor of the worst American President, ever. On the other hand, if he heeds sound advice like mine (The First 2013 Open Letter to President Obama), he could be as great as George Washington.
President George W. Bush destroyed Iraq as well as the Republican Party for 10 years at least.
President Obama has been destroying America by spending like there is no tomorrow.
President Kennedy caused most damage to America, so far, by allowing public-sector unions in 1961 (Executive Order 10988), with the far worse yet to come!
2. Epilogue from the book
The 2012 U.S. election is over. As a staunch supporter of Mitt Romney, I was deeply disappointed: Romney failed to win! But was I surprised by this outcome? No, not at all! As a matter of fact, in my open letter to Mitt Romney dated 5/18/2012 (Chapter 26), not only did I predicate this outcome, I also spelled out a guaranteed path to success for Romney. But he did not listen, unfortunately.
Where will America go from here? I am not optimistic. Two predictions:
- President Obama will stay the course, thus competing with President Kennedy for the title of the worst American President ever.
- It's time for the GOP to seriously adjust, if it hopes to win another presidential race within the next decade. One way to do it is to endorse this book.
Coincidentally, less than 10 days after the 2012 U.S. election, China changed its leadership too. Will the new Chinese leaders meet their challenges? Let's wait and see. Oh, what is the biggest challenge ahead for the Chinese leaders? "The smooth ride set out by Deng will be over soon. A new greatness must appear for the next China" (Chapter 3).
Now, do you still remember the image below?
It is the caption picture for Part 6 ("China: in Some Depth"). But I have yet to explain it in any way. Why not? It's a puzzle for you and the Chinese leaders to solve!
Meanwhile, the race between the U.S. and China will continue. Which one will come out on top? China! Why and how? Capitalism and the adaptability of the Chinese political system, plus a reasonably good leadership team in China!
America must be saved, now!
Once America is saved, I will write a companion book entitled "Saving China, American Style". But will that day ever come? Will that ever be necessary? Let's wait and see ...
3. Book review
The book has received generous reviews not only before the publication (as included in the "Book Review" at the beginning of the book), but also after the publication, as reflected at Amazon.com (click here: Saving America, Chinese Style).
Read the book and think!
Now, if you have come to this point, here is your reward: You can download the book Saving America, Chinese Style, free of charge, on this coming Chinese New Year's Day: February 10, 2013!