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America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy

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In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and p ...more
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Published September 25th 2012 by Yale University Press
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GONZA
I liked to read this book where a different future seems possible but I've not enough information about the "real possibilities" for this change to come. Anyway it was a really intriguing reading even if I'm happy that U.S.A. are not my country.

THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE PREVIEW
Luke Lavin
Speth says everything you'd expect a true 70's era progressive to say in light of today's ascendant problems in America. Thus, his critiques fall into essentially three categories:

1. True/desirable, but politically difficult (e.g. campaign finance reform)
2. Unproven assumptions (e.g. building a huge progressive movement is the only way to counter the Tea Party et. al. and create real change. I.e., Speth believes inside and/or incremental change isn't possible on any meaningful scale).
3. Overwrou
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Rhys
This is a nice synthesis of the issues and a clear exposition of the goals. Speth even tried to be optimistic ...

"The language we use and the messages we seek to convey are integral to political success. I can see clearly now that we environmentalists have been too wonkish and too focused on technical fixes. We have not developed the capacity to speak in a language that aims straight at the American heart, resonates with both core moral values and common aspirations, and projects a positive and
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Nathan
A succinct and often excellent summary of the many environmental, economic, societal, and political challenges we face globally and as Americans, with corresponding suggestions for effective reform. A welcome emphasis on limits to growth and the severe impact of our growth-based political economy on natural systems. Seth calls for a powerful unified progressive movement of informed and engaged citizens to wrest political power away from corporate control and rebuild a true democracy.

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Kristine

James Gustave Speth, one of America's treasures of wisdom who has given service to both the US and the United Nations, is former head of Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Founder and president of the World Resources Institute, current Professor of Law at the Vermont Law School, and author of AMERICA THE POSSIBLE. This compact non-fiction volume was published in fall 2012, and is the third book of his non-fiction American Crisis trilogy.

This is my first read in his series.
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Joe Sherman
Speth has impressive credentials. He has worked in the belly of the beast -- serving in several administrations in Washington. His analysis of the sickness and dysfunction of the USA is on target. I do not share his optimism that the sickness brought on by the cancer of capitalism in this country is curable. It is too far advanced. But hope is always worthwhile, even for a dying patient. I recommend this book.
Anne Ipsen
This sequel to "Bridge at the Edge of the World" (publ. in 2008) by the same author disappointed. I expected new insight in view of the current financial crisis, but found the same hodgepodge of evidence that the world is going to pot. Speth continues to make a compelling argument that drastic overhaul of the US and international economies, geo-politics, and over-consumerism are overdue, but the long-range goals he presents are more discouraging than helpful in their overwhelmingly apparent impr ...more
Jake Berlin
a maddening and yet invigorating look at the problems facing america, and potential solutions to them. conservatives will likely hate this book, and although liberals might be familiar with many of the ills that speth describes, the latter are rarely laid out so coherently or organized. i expected the second half of the book -- the possible solutions -- to be a head-in-the-clouds dream, but it was surprisingly grounded. speth quotes liberally from experts throughout, which i think lends a good d ...more
Robert
A solid prescription for how to fix America that's possible. Chapter 1 will open your eyes. The final chapter will give you hope. In between is a policy wonk's heaven.
Janet Wise
“America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy” is an outstanding 2012 examination and manifesto for change for a future we want for our children and grandchildren.
Julie
Just finished another book by Gus Speth.... informative and inspirational!
Mark
Makes me want to go to Vermont and study with Speth.
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