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Unleashing the Second American Century: Four Forces for Economic Dominance

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Political gridlock in Washington... the lingering effects of the financial crisis... structural problems such as unemployment and the skills gap of our work force... the mediocre K-12 educational system. Are our best days behind us?

Joel Kurtzman persuasively shows why all the talk about America’s decline is not only baseless but dead wrong. Our best days, are, in fact, ahe
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by PublicAffairs (first published January 1st 2014)
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This book mixes some consistent optimism about the future of economic growth in the US with some interesting data. Kurtzman plants himself in opposition to the new stagnation school of economics (Tyler Cowen and Robert Gordon come to mind). In order to get through it you have to live through a dose of Kurtzman's ego - which pops up a lot less than in earlier books (Common Purpose for example).

His fundamental premise is that North America is the world's center for creativity and innovation - tha
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“But can you name a country that doesn’t have problems? Problems are part of the human condition, and when they are solved, and barriers are removed, life gets better—and some smart person somewhere usually makes a buck.” 0 likes
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