Major Reviews & Related Articles

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MAJOR REVIEWS

     

The New York Times review of this book is highly positive. The writer credits the authors with a big picture description of our current ills and a detailed analysis with “blizzards of facts” to support their conclusions. This review also credits the authors with using traditional American big and bold solutions to resolve our current problems. Although, as pointed out in the review, most readers will not agree with every observation,  all should find the book “compelling, engaging, and enlightening.”


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MAJOR REVIEWS

     

The New York Times review of this book is highly positive. The writer credits the authors with a big picture description of our current ills and a detailed analysis with “blizzards of facts” to support their conclusions. This review also credits the authors with using traditional American big and bold solutions to resolve our current problems. Although, as pointed out in the review, most readers will not agree with every observation,  all should find the book “compelling, engaging, and enlightening.”

Read it here: www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/books/that-used-to-be-us-by-friedman-and-mandelbaum-review.html.

The Christian science Monitor lauds the book as outstanding and focuses on state of denial that exists on the part of the American citizenry, as well as the polarized political scene. It also describes the hard times which must of necessity come to us in the short term as a “dose of cold water.”

Read it here: www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2011/0908/That-Used-to-Be-Us-How-America-Fell-Behind-in-the-World-It-Invented-and-How-We-Can-Come-Back

The Guardian describes That Used To Be Us as chilling and dismaying, a necessary read.

Read it here: www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/sep/17/friedman-mandelbaum-that-used-review

Businessweek: “Friedman and Mandelbaum have their hearts in the right place, and they are correct that the time is right for big concrete ideas to renew America. It’s disappointing that they propose none of their own.”

Read it here: www.businessweek.com/magazine/book-review-that-used-to-be-us-by-thomas-l-friedman-and-michael-mandelbaum-09292011.html

The Wall Street Journal attributes a leftist political agenda to That Used To Be Us, stating that the authors’ prescriptions amount to higher taxes and the federal government making determinations as to how to best provide services. This requires “... a boundless faith in the ability of the government planners to make exquisite adjustments to human behavior.”

Read it here: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904194604576582534129735582.html

RELATED ARTICLES

City Watch: American Decline Is Crushing The Middle Class

This article elaborates on the discussion of educational decline in That Used To Be Us, focusing on the rising education costs in California.z

Read it here: www.citywatchla.com/8box-left/2450-american-decline-is-crushing-the-middle-class

The New York Times: Are We Going to Roll Up Our Sleeves or Limp On?

This opinion piece by Thomas Friedman criticizes the current political paralysis in America.

Read it here: www.nytimes.com/2011/09/21/opinion/friedman-are-we-going-to-roll-up-our-sleeves-or-limp-on.html

NPR: Thomas Friedman's Argument For 'Geo-Greenism'

This piece by NPR includes audio and an excerpt from Thomas Friedman’s book Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which argues that America needs to invest more in green technology.

Check it out here: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94385403

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