In Learning From Experience, Secretary George Shultz Draws On Years Of Public Service To Impart Important Life Lessons

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Hoover Institution Press today released Learning from Experience by Hoover Institution distinguished fellow, George Shultz. Having served in multiple presidential administrations, Shultz is one of only two people in American history to have held four cabinet positions. Learning From Experience recounts the fascinating life of a man who prominently served our nation for decades, and contains many important lessons for public servants and everyday Americans alike.

Learning from Experience by Hoover Institution distinguished fellow, George Shultz

“George Shultz’s extraordinary and invaluable public service has made our nation stronger, more just, and more secure,” stated Senator Sam Nunn, cochairman and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and former US senator from Georgia. “George’s life–so fully engaged in the toughest of arenas yet so admirably lived–provides a guiding light for citizens and leaders. We should learn from and apply these remarkable lessons as individuals and as a nation.”

Learning from Experience recounts the secretary’s lifetime of experiences in government, business, and academia to help readers understand how his thinking was formed through those experiences. Ranging far beyond the realm of diplomacy, Shultz’s account illuminates America’s race relations, defines a down-to-earth economic philosophy built on free markets and fair treatment of labor, and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of presidential leadership as seen through his service in the Eisenhower, Nixon, and Reagan administrations. Through all those experiences runs the realization, sometimes counterintuitive, about how people lead and how people will agree to be led.

“I now have five great-grandchildren who inspire me by their eagerness to learn each and every day. They learn through stories, and as I relate in this new book’s introduction, President Reagan actually taught me this same lesson,” claimed Secretary Shultz.  “Learning from Experience is my own book of stories. From my desk here in California, each story that I have written is a memory that leaves an impression, and taken as a whole these vignettes reveal the experiences that have formed my way of thinking about the world.”

In a time when our country faces global challenges, much can be learned from one of the most preeminent statesmen of our time.  Learning from Experience contains timeless truths that deserve serious reflection.

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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.

About the Hoover Institution:  The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign—as well as international affairs. With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library & Archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity and secure and safeguard peace for America and all mankind.

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