September 3, 2008
by Hudson Institute
In a radical departure from his previous books, Joseph M. Giglio uses the techniques of popular fiction to dramatize how America's transportation system can be transformed into a vigorous engine for economic growth—and to make clear that our ability to meet the challenges of an increasingly competitive global economy depend on this transformation.
His newest book, Judges of the Secret Court, (Hudson Institute, $19.95) recounts the conversations of two brilliant but self-confessed rogues: a disgraced journalist from Bedford-Stuyvesant trying to rehabilitate his career, and a Wall Street star and Talmudic scholar in prison for Securities Fraud. They explore how the Scarlet Woman of Capitalism can be seduced into financing and managing transportation systems that make money while providing better mobility for the American public. They suggest how government officials can control this process by remembering that saints don't always have to be dumber than sinners. And they look at how a generally clueless public (and its elected representatives) can be conned into acting responsibly for a change to assure the country a prosperous future.
Funny, irreverent, and clear-eyed, the book gives today's savvy readers a refreshing dose of real-world insights into creating a "New Covenant" on transportation—between the federal government, state and local governments, and private enterprise—that will not simply repair a broken transportation system, but will turn it into a crucial generator of economic growth.
Of Giglio's work Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says, "Joe Giglio knows how to close big deals and solve big problems. America can't solve its infrastructure crisis without listening to people like him."
In a recent review of the book, the Texas Department of Transportation wrote in their newsletter Horizons, "Giglio brings such a strong, gravitational pull to the page that even readers with only a cursory knowledge of Wall Street, transportation, or government policy will find themselves reluctant to put the book down."
Copies of Judges of the Secret Court: A Contemporary Novel About Two Rogues With Compelling Ideas, are available for purchase at www.Amazon.com and at www.hudson.org/bookstore.
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