(會員限定) Book of the week -《總統俱樂部:從杜魯門到歐巴馬,二戰後歷任美國總統的競爭、和解與合作》by Nancy Gibbs & Michael Duffy



我還依稀記得,歐巴馬第一次選上總統的那一個夜晚,我在布魯克林橋Brooklyn Bridge上散布,有點冷,我拿著手機,開著Youtube看總統勝選的演說,我第一次那麼投入在總統的演講裡,因為就是有一種魅力。爾後,因為一直重複看,開頭都會背了:


If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

是啊,the UNITED states of America,點出了本書的重點;互相尊重,包容彼此的意見,異中求同,不正是我們人類間理想的互動模式嗎?但有時候,我們就是拉不下臉,不願先遞出橄欖枝,而任其關係惡化,即便無心,也最終是回不了頭的結果。


回顧一生,有時候我們會掙扎,在遇到一些事時,究竟要做我自己,還是要著眼未來而委屈求全;要特立獨行,還是要找尋夥伴;要堅持自我,還是要退一步而海闊天空?這種掙扎,其實一直再發生,在工作上是,在家庭上是,在自我的內心更是。


希望藉由此書,可以讓你了解到,歐巴馬為顧全大局,選前與希拉蕊互相抨擊對方,選後竟邀她擔任國務卿;究竟為什麼?歐巴馬著眼什麼?希拉蕊又為何會加入?如果是你,該如何說服對方加入你的團隊?如果各任總統間都能放棄前嫌,重歸於好,你我又何嘗不能呢?

推薦給您,希望你/妳跟我一樣,從中獲益很多。


註:

1.每一本推薦的書都是編輯群讀過,然後覺得適合讀者讀的,進而推薦;並無業配喔!

2.我們不推薦任一購買管道,讀者方便便是。



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Medici Club has a vision. To nurture next generations to think like scientist Einstein, to art like musician Mozart, to vision like politician Nelson Mandela and to explore like explorer Roald Amundsen. This is not four separate persons, but one. A person embedded multidisciplinary DNA, especially young people.



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