America doesn't need politicians who will "fix Washington." America needs politicians who will fix themselves.

From Oath to Action presents a bold new vision of political leadership for the 21st century, with twelve acts of courage that could transform American politics.

Some are so simple that anyone aspiring to leadership should embrace them. Others are for the more courageous. One is so powerful - a “do or die” pledge - that it could fix a long-hidden flaw at the heart of representative democracy.

Leadership in the 21st century is about more than just taking an oath. It is about taking action. This book provides a roadmap to courageous action for leaders and citizens alike.

Jeff Edelstein is a public-policy mediator, civic innovator, and social entrepreneur. He is the founder of the newly-created National Institute for Civic Innovation and is affiliated with the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.