“Elected to the Florida legislature at 26, Schultz was determined to be a children’s advocate even before she’d started her own family. At the end of her eight-year career in state office, Schultz went on to Congress and has continued her child-centric perspective in legislation on improved public education and affordable health care, gun control and reproductive rights, immigration policy and foreign policy. She recalls her experiences with the legislative process of partisanship and gridlock that threatens any efforts at constructive legislation, ultimately at the cost of American children. Noting how few women with young children are members of Congress, Schultz appeals for resolution of political discord and issues a challenge to adopt a parent’s perspective on how lawmaking or the lack of it will affect future generations.
Throughout, she offers remembrances of her three children growing up—constant reminders of the significance of her job to the future of her children and other children. An interesting perspective on parenting and lawmaking.” —Booklist Review
"Democratic National Committee chair Schultz assembles a party platform and memoir organized around improving the lives of America's children, in a debut co-authored by Fenster (FDR's Shadow: Louis Howe, the Force that Shaped Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, 2009, etc.).
A frankly partisan political treatment anticipating the upcoming midterm elections, the author's detailed discussion of the issues chronicles the effects of legislative obstructionism and should help fill in the record for all voters. At age 26, Schultz was the youngest woman ever elected to Florida's state legislature, and she was elected to Congress in 2005, where she has specifically championed the rights of women and children. She is an advocate for bipartisanship and policies based, above all, on fairness. She reviews the major planks in the Democratic Party’s platform, from reform of the financial system to global defense issues and health care, but she also examines social security, Medicare and Medicaid. She takes up particular legislative initiatives dealing with children, women and the family and documents which Republican leaders have represented the most consistent opposition. Schultz is active in the fight against hunger in the United States, and she sponsored the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, which aimed the largest law enforcement effort ever against sexual predators and child pornographers and mandated different agencies to cooperate. She also fought for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, originally passed in 1994, which was obstructed in the House by tea party supporters. In previous eras, writes the author, these proposed laws, like many others she discusses, would have readily found bipartisan support, not systematic obstruction. Schultz also provides an inspiring account of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' successful bipartisan efforts to improve border security in Arizona.
Though the author doesn’t break much new ground, she delivers a forceful statement that cross-party cooperation is necessary to improve political discourse for future generations." —Kirkus Review
“In For the Next Generation, Debbie Wasserman Schultz sets forth why the progressive agenda is the best solution for America’s challenges more persuasively than any I have ever seen. The book is a must read for anyone interested in our nation’s future.” —former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA)
“Having served with Debbie in Congress, I saw her play many roles: mom, talented legislator, party leader. This excellent book is written by Debbie the mom, and recommends strategies for meaningful reform in our schools and to improve the quality of life and well-being of America's children, like having towns and cities across the country create a Community Report Card for Children. Both parties should embrace this thoughtful proposal.” —Jane Harman, former member of Congress (D-CA), Director, President, and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
"Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s personal stories in For the Next Generation reveal a woman with the grit of a fighter, the courage of a leader, and the heart of a mom. If you want to ensure a better world for your children and grandchildren, you cannot help but be inspired by this book." —Carole King, singer, songwriter, environmental activist
"Despite today's rancorous partisanship, Debbie and I are friends. She brings passion and commitment to everything she does, whether it's being in Congress, fighting cancer, leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop or being captain of the Congressional Women's Softball Team. We disagree on policy issues, including many of the ones she writes about here. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will have a leading role on the political stage for a long, long time. It's useful to know how the other side thinks. That's why Republicans and Democrats should read this book." —Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist, CNN Political Commentator