Issues on My Mind

Issues on My Mind

Strategies for the Future

Author: George P. Shultz
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1624-4
Publication Date: 7/31/2013
Pages: 396

The world is awash in change. What can be done to re-create the relative stability that emerged from the creative efforts of statesmen after the end of World War II? In this book, former Nixon and Reagan cabinet member George Shultz offers his views on how to govern more effectively, get our economy back on track, take advantage of new opportunities in the field of energy, combat the use of addictive drugs, apply a strategic overview to diplomacy, and identify necessary steps to achieve a world without nuclear weapons.

Issues on My Mind contains some of George Shultz’s most compelling analyses on the topics of governance, the economy, energy, drugs, diplomacy, and nuclear security. In this how-to guide, Shultz charts a path to a better future for the United States and the rest of the world.  He offers his views on how we can repair the essential process of governance. He explains how to put our fiscal house in order so that we can once again enjoy a vibrant economy. He discusses new ways to handle the problems associated with addictive drugs. He identifies proven ideas for effective diplomacy and reveals how we can get better control of nuclear weapons and take the necessary steps to achieve their eventual elimination.

To see a video of George Shultz discussing a topic, please click on the thumbnail image.

Chapter 1—Our Challenges

Chapter 2—Better Governance

Chapter 3—Return to a Vibrant Economy

Chapter 4—A Better Energy Future

Chapter 5—Drugs: The War with No Winner

Chapter 6—Effective Diplomacy Applied to Issues of Foreign Policy

Chapter 7—Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons

Chapter 8—Final Reflections

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George P. Shultz

George Pratt Shultz has had a distinguished career in government, academia, and the world of business. He is one of two individuals to have held four different federal cabinet posts; has taught at three of this country’s great universities; and for eight years was president of a major engineering and construction company. Shultz was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the sixtieth US secretary of state, serving until January 20, 1989.


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Foreword by Henry A. Kissinger


1      Our Challenges
        The world is awash in change.

2      Better Governance
        What's wrong with governance today and how can we fix this essential process?

3      Return to a Vibrant Economy
        Our economy has lost its drive. The reasons--and the solutions--are clear. Here's how we can have a vibrant economy once again.

4      A Better Energy Future
        How can we take advantage of new opportunities?

5      Drugs: The War with No Winner
        Forty years of the failed war on drugs should be enough to stimulate debate on alternative approaches to this serious problem.

6      Effective Diplomacy Applied to Issues of Foreign Policy
        Proven ideas for effective diplomacy should be applied with a strategic overview that gives direction to the tactics of the day.

7      Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons
        We must get better control of nuclear weapons and identify the steps needed to achieve the goal of their eventual elimination.

8      Final Reflections

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