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There is no longer such a thing as an American economy, say Robert Reich at the beginning of this brilliant book. What does it mean to be a nation when money, goods, and services know no borders? What skills will be the most valuable in the coming century? And how can our country best ensure that all its citizen have a share in the new global economy? Robert B.Reich, the w...more
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Published December 1st 2010 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Scott
This 1992 book by Robert B. Reich, a political economist at Harvard and a reputable policy wonk, purports to be about economies and globalization but is in fact about new business models. Reich lays out the case for globalization in a standard fashion and makes the case that American corporations aren't really American anymore - no surprise at all to anyone who has worked in a multi-billion dollar company recently.

Reich is filled up with words like "enterprise web" and "network", but these conce...more
Thomas Ray
Blithering. Reich thinks the winners in society are winners because they "manipulate symbols." The winners are winners because they've been cut in on the deal. Wealth goes to those with wealth, not those with exceptional skills: Talented programmers have their projects cancelled, their jobs outsourced to Asia. Talented musicians starve. People go to college because they're wealthy, to a much greater degree than conversely.

If you want to know economics, read Joseph Stiglitz. He's the one who gets...more
Bill Boardman
An interesting read. I would be interested in seeing what the author thinks now that twenty years have passed. Global warming now includes global cooling. Russia is trying to collect (or punish) former soviet states. The Obama care fiasco. A fresh view 20 yrs later would be interesting.
Caleb Chamberlain
Globalization is a hot topic; some see it as a good thing, others think that it heralds the end of civilization as we know it (these latter groups might be more right than they know...) Reich takes a sort of middle ground in "The Work of Nations."
Michael Josefowicz
In 1992, before globalization and internet were mainstream realities, Reich focuses correctly on the coming problems for Americans in the emerging world economy.
Bimus
hopefully all can find work that is beneficial. hard to say whether there will be political acceptance of any sort of global empowerment based on good work.
Elaine
Best explanation of globalization and why it matters to the average Joe that I've ever seen.
yangarina
got it after reading supercapitalism, but not as good as supercapitalism.
Jeffrey
Read this while completing my MBA. Useful perspective at the time.
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Robert Bernard Reich is an American politician, academic, and political commentator. He served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Reich is a former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He is currently a professor at the Un...more
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