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That used to be us : how America fell behind in the world it invented and how we can come back

Author: Thomas L Friedman; Michael Mandelbaum
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In this book the authors analyze those challenges, globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption, and spell out what needs to be done now to rediscover America's power and prowess. They explain how the end of the cold  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas L Friedman; Michael Mandelbaum
ISBN: 9780374288907 0374288909
OCLC Number: 706020974
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 380 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: If you see something, say something --
Ignoring our problems --
Ignoring our history --
Up in the air --
Help wanted --
Homework x 2 = the American dream --
Average is over --
This is our due --
The war on math (and the future) --
The war on physics and on other good things --
The terrible twos --
The war between the parties --
Show me the money --
Devaluation --
They just didn't get the word --
Shock therapy --
Rediscovering America.
Responsibility: Thomas L Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.

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America has a huge problem. It faces four major challenges, on which its future depends, and it is failing to meet them. In this book the authors analyze those challenges, globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and its pattern of energy consumption, and spell out what needs to be done now to rediscover America's power and prowess. They explain how the end of the cold war blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously. They show how America's history, when properly understood, provides the key to coping successfully and explain how the paralysis of the U.S. political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible to carry out the policies the country needs. This work is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.

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