If We Can Put a Man on the Moon...: Getting Big Things Done in Government

By William D Eggers, John O'leary
At a time when the United States is facing unprecedented challenges, this book offers guidance to making government work better. A 'must-read' for every public official, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of democracy.


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"Eggers and O'Leary may have created a new genre--the Government Policy Thriller. We couldn't get enough of the stories--good policies gone bad, great ideas that flew off the rails, and, occasionally, the stunning triumph that gives us hope that we can get to the moon again." - Chip and Dan Heath, coauthors of Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die "A clear-eyed look at how to get the best out of our public institutions. Instead of easy answers, the authors offer practical suggestions for successful execution in a very challenging and complex environment. A must-read for political leaders." --Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson "As we sort out the cross-pressures in twenty-first-century government, this book is a useful and lively guide to how to make things work. Driven by practical cases and pragmatic lessons, it's an invaluable road map to the government of the future." - Donald F. Kettl, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland "If We Can Send a Man to the Moon is the rare book that made me both shake my head in disbelief and nod my head with possibility. Eggers and O'Leary offer a trenchant analysis of how good government intentions can go awry. But they also show how sharper thinking and keener attention to design can help governments at all levels serve citizens better. Pick up two copies--one to read yourself, the other to send to your favorite elected official." - Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind "After serving as a mayor, a congressman for twenty years, and as a secretary of two cabinet-level departments in two administrations from different political parties, I can attest that the challenges of executing successful government programs exist at all levels of government, in all parties, and in all locations. Eggers and O'Leary present exactly the most common traps that lead to a failure of execution, but more importantly they present ways to help avoid those traps. Their ideas should be presented to



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Publisher Harvard Business School Press
Publish date 11/01/2009
Pages 296
ISBN-13 9781422166369
ISBN-10 1422166368
Language English