Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Category: Political
Pub. Date: 07/26/2012
Publisher: Polimedia Publisher
Format: E-Book
Pages: 188

Synopsis:    NOT A FIVE CENT CIGAR An obscure U.S. vice-president once said "What this country needs is a good five cent cigar." But in this frank, outspoken book, author John Kimberling argues that what this country really needs is a new political party. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have failed the American people. Uncontrolled campaign contributions put millions of dollars in the pockets of politicians in both parties and make them the servants of the rich and powerful, who own the government and make it operate for their benefit, not for the people. It is the reason for our foreign policy which has earned us the hatred and fear of the rest of the world and brought terrorism to our shores. It is the reason we have a failing health care system not available to millions of our citizens. It is the reason our prisons are overflowing, but not with the real criminals. Income tax laws favor giant corporations and place the burden of paying taxes on working people and the small businessman. The "war on drugs" has only made the problem worse. Perhaps most shocking, the author explores the agenda of key Bush administration officials who planned the invasion of Iraq years before 9/11 and then used terrorism as an excuse for our invasion and occupation of that country, which has destabilized the entire Middle East. What This Country Needs refuses to accept that powerful political and financial forces can take our country away from us. It lays out a blueprint for a new third party to give the voters the tools they need to reshape the political process and point the way in a new direction and to a better future for all of us.  

My Review:   
First of all, I am going to let you know that I personally am not a politician

I tried my best to read this book with out prejudice. And I was able to which actually was a surprise to me. So with that being said, I still did not really like the book.

It seemed to be "over" my head. At some points I was unsure of what the author was really trying to say. I agree that we do need something new for this presidential year. We need HONESTY!!! 

I will not get into this book due to the fact that I will not argue or debate the issues with you are the author. 

I will say this about the author however, author John F. Kimberling does have some great ideas and a great platform to bring them out. 

The book really was not for me, you may actually love it. 

So I will leave it up to you to read for yourself and make your own decision. 

But for my review, I am giving WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS a Breath of Life rating of:

Three Clock Rating!!!

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for my review. The opinions are mine. And your opinion may differ.

About the Author:  
John F. Kimberling volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy on his 17th birthday in World War II and served again in the Korean War.
A highly respected lawyer for over three decades, he retired as a senior partner in one of the large Wall Street law firms. He was referred to in The American Lawyer as one of the country’s top jury trial lawyers.
He was honored to be chosen as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. After retiring from active practice, he taught as an adjunct professor of law at the Indiana University School of Law for several years.
He was the recipient in 2001 of the Distinguished Alumni Service Award of Indiana University.
Mr. Kimberling has been active throughout is career in many civic affairs. He been a member of civic groups, served on boards of directors of charitable boards and been active in various community affairs in California over the years.
He has also been active and held leadership positions in both the Republican and Democratic parties at different times.
He is also the author of How to Try a Jury Case.

Now retired, he lives in Palm Springs and San Diego CA.


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