Bill Clinton has stuck the knife into President Barack Obama's handling of America's debt crisis.
The former president claimed that last summer's political fight over raising the U.S. debt ceiling made the nation look 'weak and confused' abroad.
He was baffled why Mr Obama did not try to raise the limit when Democrats still controlled both houses of Congress.
In his book, Back To Work, to be published next Tuesday by Knopf, Clinton said the final deal at the 11th hour between Republicans and Democrats did little to create jobs or solve the longer-term debt crisis
Clinton offers several proposals which he claims would create jobs and make the U.S. more competitive.
He praises Mr Obama for taking steps to lessen the financial crisis and deep recession, but gently takes him to task for poor communication and strategic mistakes.
Clinton, branded the current U.S.economy as 'a mess' and largely blamed the anti-government sentiment embodied in the conservative, anti-tax movement that has held sway since the 1980s.
But he also also criticises Mr Obama and other Democratic lawmakers in Congress for not making a stronger case for the steps they took to stabilise the economy in 2009, like the bank and car company bailouts and the $787 billion economic stimulus programme.