GeneralMy Book “American Reboot”

So I’m Writing This Book…

Aug 2, 2021 By Will Hurd
Updated: Dec 27, 2023
Will Hurd is writing the book

I never thought I would write a book. I never thought I would run for Congress or be in the CIA either. However, my mother has always shared with me an essential leadership principle: you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. So when I thought I could serve my country in dangerous places, I joined the CIA. And when I saw problems in our legislative process that I thought I could solve, I ran for Congress.

It’s getting harder and harder to get big things done.

I wrote this book because in my time in Congress, I discovered another problem – it’s getting harder and harder to get big things done because the gears of our democracy have been mucked up by political nonsense. We are unable as a country to have the kind of political discourse we need to address several generational challenges that are already upon us. I think there are five seismic problems facing our country right now:

  1. The Republican Party’s failure to present a vision for the future
  2. The lack of honest leadership in Washington, DC.
  3. Income inequality that threatens the livelihood of everyday people
  4. U.S. economic and military dominance is no longer guaranteed, and
  5. How technological change in the next 30 years will make the advancement of the last 30 years look trivial

My opinions on how we solve these problems have been influenced by my experiences in the back alleys of foreign countries, the halls of Congress, and the boardrooms of international businesses. I thought, why not share the stories and experiences that have led to my conclusions? This is how the idea for the book got started.

The way the writing of the book started was in June 2019 in the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, DC with a talent agent – Mark. He teased out some of the ideas that I had and then introduced me to his colleague, a literary agent named Eve. Eve told me to write a letter to publishers that expanded on my ideas, and 8 months and 60 pages after that first meeting with Mark I was meeting with an editor from Simon and Schuster – Stuart.

Soon the book will be out of my hands, in the strange limbo between writing it and having it out there for the world to read.

He wanted to work together and helped find me a writing partner – Jacqui. After about two months of research, we started the process. Beginning in October 2020, every weekday I woke up at 6 am and wrote for 2 to 3 hours in the morning. On the weekends I wrote for 7 hours a day. By the first week of March 2021, I had a first draft. The Second draft (which was harder than the first) was completed the first week of June 2021. The third draft was finished on 26 July.

Will Hurd brainstorming for the bookSoon the book will be out of my hands, in the strange limbo between writing it and having it out there for the world to read. To learn more about why I wrote a CIA book and political book you can read another blog I wrote.

Will people like AMERICAN REBOOT? I hope so. I’m sure some won’t, but my ultimate hope is for the book to cause us to be deliberate in our thinking about our future.

We are the citizens of a great country that is going through a challenging time. I wrote the book because I believe we are up to that challenge, and because I think I can see a way through it that will leave us even stronger on the other side.

American Reboot

An Idealist's Guide to Getting Big Things Done

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About the book

Will draws on his unique experiences in back alleys of dangerous places, boardrooms of international businesses, and the halls of Congress to lay out a detailed plan to “reboot America,” offering a fresh start to a country mired in political divides and internal strife.

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Will Hurd tells a great story about his life and his experiences in the CIA, private business, and as a Congressman.

The book also serves as a playbook for like minded Republicans that want to transform the party from the extremes of Trump back to a solutions based party that actually gets things done.

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This is one of the best books I have ever read. Part personal story, part political analysis, but mainly just common sense thinking and analysis of solutions to problems.

Will Hurd is an amazing writer and person and I expect to see him do great things in the future.

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This was a great read. As someone who tends to identify as an Independent or moderate, I thought Mr. Hurd made some great points and offered thoughtful solutions.

I hope he considers a run for political office again, I'd vote for him in a heartbeat.

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A life long Republican I had lost hope that I would ever vote Republican again after the extremist views have taken over the party over the last 6 years.

This book covered all my values & concerns in a nuanced way that the majority of politicians today seem incapable of doing.

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.
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America has become an exceptional nation not because of what we have taken but because of what we have given.

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About Will

Will Hurd has spent the past 20 years on the front lines of the most pressing fights facing our nation, in the Middle East, Congress, and the highest levels of business and tech.

Will has spent his life fighting for our country, and he will take those decades of experience with him as he fights for all us.

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I dream of an America where we have the smartest kids in the world. Every child in the U.S., regardless of location or age, should have access to a safe, world-class education.


The choice we face

In every decision we make, we stand at a crossroads. The path of division and quick fixes is well-trodden, but it’s time we consider a different route – one paved with unity and foresight.

Imagine an America where common sense prevails, where policies are crafted with the people’s best interests at heart, and our collective strengths are the foundation of national progress.

This is more than a possibility. It’s a choice we can make right now. By coming together, we have the power to foster a nation that champions innovation, inclusivity, and integrity.

What do we agree on?

Believe it’s important to protect free speech
Believe college education is important for success
Support the development of alternative energy sources
Believe it is essential to maintain Social Security
Support background checks for all gun buyers
Believe that LGBTQ+ individuals should have equal rights
Say it is important for the country to do more regarding race inequality
Are unhappy with the current US economy
Believe the federal government doesn't share enough information
Are concerned about pollution of drinking water
Believe the nation's infrastructure is in need of major repairs
Believe that access to affordable housing is a problem
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What’s a modern republican look like?

We’re a nation full of people with these values. If this describes you, you might be a modern Republican.

Respectful and Polite

Strong old school manners. You respect others, and say "please" and "thank you"


You give someone a fair shot


You're ready to put yourself in the shoes of someone else.


No matter street smarts or book smarts, you understand an education is important

Family Values

You put your family above everything and do everything you can to succeed


You take responsibility for your actions and believe in personal responsibility


You help others and you're always quick to smile


You don't let a little hardship get in your way


You know that we're better together and you are ready to help
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