Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

  • by Lee Iacocca
  • Narrated by Lee Iacocca
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most widely recognized business executive of all time asks the tough questions that America's leaders must address:
What is each of us giving back to our country?

Do we truly love democracy?

Are we too fat and satisfied for our own good?

Why is America addicted to oil?

Do we really care about our children's futures?

Who will save the middle class?
Lee Iacocca believes that leaders are made in times of crisis: such as today. He has known more leaders than almost anybody else, including nine U.S. presidents, many heads of state, CEOs of the nation's top corporations, celebrities, and even a pope, and is uniquely suited to share his wisdom, knowledge, and wit about the leadership of America. Lee Iacocca does not mince words, and in Where Have All the Leaders Gone? he offers his no-nonsense, straight-up assessments of the American politicians most likely to run for president in 2008. He also shares his lessons learned, and issues a call to action to summon Americans back to their roots of hard work, common sense, integrity, generosity, and optimism. Where have all the leaders gone? Lee Iacocca has the answer.


What the Critics Say

"Iacocca rails against the lack of leadership in vital national concerns such as health care, open markets and energy policy....The book's strength lies in Iacocca's emotional honesty." (Publishers Weekly)
"Although Iacocca presents a brutal analysis of cronyism in Washington, D.C., the abysmal situation in Iraq, and failed policies at home, he is not a pessimist. With a reputation as a straight shooter, he hopes to inspire more young people to vote. This is a surprisingly outspoken take on the pressing need for real leadership in this country." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A lot of ranting

I’m a CEO in a company I founded 15 years ago, and an author myself on several leadership books. I have always admired Lee, and what he has accomplished as a CEO, but I found this book troubling. I was looking for a different perspective on leadership, not a political rant and bashing of the current administration. He keys in on specific individuals within the current administration for what he calls their failed leadership policies, and sites example after example—which may well be true, but I think its safe to say that that cold be said for any administration. Lee should have sterilized his political prejudices, and instead focused in on the success and or failings in a more generic way. If your goal is to educate, and want people to truly learn, you must keep their emotions in check—especially political ones. I felt that this was written more to lash out on what he thought was wrong with this administration, than on principles of leadership in general. I did enjoy listening to the passion in his voice, and his ideas he brought forth in several areas—when he wasn’t off on a tirade.
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- Ward

Good listen after the Bush bashing

I remember thinking in the 1st & then the 2nd chapter): What in the world, this isn't the man I thought I was getting. For some reason I kept listening and finally late in the 2nd/early 3rd chapter, he stopped bashing and started a more positive, helpful, and enlightening message.

My bottom line - if you can just make it through the Bush family bashing; I'm not defending them mind you; it's a very interesting book. The admirable Mr. Iacocca does show through and one can understand how he has achieved his stature as a respected & decisive man.

I'm glad I purchased & listened. While I appreciate his opinion & outspoken voice, his bashing is a little too negatively conveyed for my taste.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio