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Winning the Future by Newt Gingrich

- Abstract

Newt Gingrich, an inescapable political presence in the mid-90’s and a largely forgotten figure in the years since, is back in business and very much on stage again. A fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a lobbyist/consultant as head of the new Gingrich Group, he is turning up on the television talk shows. The word is out that he might make a run for President in 2008. And now he has this book, my copy of which has a dust jacket bearing the message “New York Times Bestseller,” which it actually was for seven weeks.

The subtitle is an echo of Gingrich’s original “Contract with America.” This 1994 document was the platform on which most Republicans ran for Congress in that year; it gave them a landslide win and control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Between the midterm election years of 1990 and 1994, the Republican vote rose by 9 million and the Democratic vote declined by 1 million—a swing of 10 million, an all-time record for two consecutive non-presidential campaigns.

About the Author

Dan Seligman is a contributing editor of Forbes.