American Reboot: An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done (Hardcover)

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American Reboot: An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done (Hardcover)


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From former US Congressman and CIA Officer Will Hurd, a “how-to guide with a prescription for getting the nation on the right footing” (Politico) and “a clarion call for a major political pivot” (San Antonio Report) rooted in the timeless ideals of bipartisanship, inclusivity, and democratic values.

“Hurd has the biography and the charisma and the God-given political chops to put the Republican Party—and the rest of the country—on notice.” THE ATLANTIC

It’s getting harder to get big things done in America. The gears of our democracy have been mucked up by political nonsense. To meet the era-defining challenges of the 21st century, our country needs a reboot.

In American Reboot, Hurd, called “the future of the GOP” by Politico, provides a “detailed blueprint” (Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, 2006–2011) for America grounded by what Hurd calls pragmatic idealism—a concept forged from enduring American values to achieve what is actually achievable.

Hurd takes on five seismic problems facing a country in crisis: the Republican Party’s failure to present a principled vision for the future; the lack of honest leadership in Washington, DC; income inequality that threatens the livelihood of millions of Americans; US economic and military dominance that is no longer guaranteed; and how technological change in the next thirty years will make the advancements of the last thirty years look trivial.

Hurd has seen these challenges up close. A child of interracial parents in South Texas, Hurd survived the back alleys of dangerous places as a CIA officer. He carried that experience into three terms in Congress, where he was, for a time, the House’s only Black Republican, representing a seventy-one percent Latino swing district in Texas that runs along 820 miles of the US-Mexico border. As a cyber security executive and innovation crusader, Hurd has worked with entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of technology to anticipate the shockwaves of the future.

Hurd, who the Houston Chronicles calls “a refreshing contract to the panderers, petty demagogues, and political provocateurs who reign these days,” draws on his remarkable experience to present “a call to Americans to consider the most contentious issues of our times more holistically” (The Atlantic). He outlines how the Republican party can look like America by appealing to the middle, not the edges. He maps out how leaders should inspire rather than fearmonger. He forges a domestic policy based on the idea that prosperity should be a product of empowering people, not the government. He articulates a foreign policy where our enemies fear us and our friends love us. And lastly, he charts a forceful path forward for America’s technological future.

We all know we can do better. It’s time to hit “ctrl alt del” and start the American Reboot.
Will Hurd is a former member of Congress, cybersecurity executive, and officer in the CIA. For two decades, he’s been involved in the most pressing national security issues challenging the country whether it was overseas in dangerous places, boardrooms of international businesses or the halls of Congress. Will is a native of San Antonio and graduate of Texas A&M University. He is a trustee of the German Marshall Fund, board member of OpenAI, and managing director at Allen & Company. Find out more at
Product Details ISBN: 9781982160708
ISBN-10: 1982160705
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: March 29th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
"I've met a number of figures like Will who want to restore a sense of principle to our politics. I think structural reforms are necessary. But those reforms won't happen without people like Will working to lead us in a better direction. If his past is any indication, I wouldn't bet against Will - he's got a track record of turning around bad situations." —ANDREW YANG, American businessman and political candidate

“Riveting …The beating heart of Hurd’s book is a call to Americans to consider the most contentious issues of our times more holistically. . . . [Hurd] has the biography and the charisma and the God-given political chops to put the Republican Party—and the rest of the country—on notice.” THE ATLANTIC

American Reboot’s subject matter is sweeping. Hurd’s writing brims with personality . . . giving readers both a clearer picture of who he is and how Congress works.” —THE DISPATCH

"The 44-year-old Texan is a refreshing contrast to the panderers, petty demagogues and political provocateurs who reign these days, in Washington and in Austin. He's a cut above the small-minded, cynical elected officials who deign to represent us. They are the unfortunate rule; Hurd is one of the exceptions." —HOUSTON CHRONICLE

“Will Hurd offers a detailed blueprint to build for the future based on the shared values that have solved the challenges of the past. Will draws on his remarkable and inspiring personal story to illuminate a path toward overcoming our political divisiveness at home and countering our adversaries abroad. His very  American journey informs the ‘pragmatic idealism’ he offers to achieve a better future for the country we all love.”—Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, 2006-2011

“In this age of rage, Will Hurd stands out as a smart and admirable voice of reason. We don’t always agree. But when he speaks, I listen!”—David Axelrod, Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics

“Will Hurd is exactly the kind of public servant we need today and American Reboot will show you why. The book is funny, thoughtful, brutally honest, and gives me hope for the Republican Party and America.”—William H. McRaven, Admriral, United States Navy (retired), New York Times Bestselling author of Make Your Bed

American Reboot will show all Americans how rare bipartisan leadership is. We were fortunate to have Will serve as a U.S. congressman who exemplified the qualities needed in our public officials during these historic times to get big things done. I will continue to look to Will as the gold standard of public service.”—Ramiro Cavazos, President and CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“Will Hurd is the real deal. He gets what’s wrong with America and has clear ideas about how to fix it. This book is part memoir and part manifesto—with a message drawn from his days as a CIA case officer: “Get off the X!”—the danger zone where our democracy is under attack. Hurd speaks across party and racial lines to the heart of the matter. When Hurd says it’s time for a “reboot,” readers should pay attention. Hurd is one of the voices that can get America back on track.”—David Ignatius, columnist, The Washington Post