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The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery

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At a time when debate is raging about how to create jobs and revive the American economy, veteran business writer William J. Holstein argues that the best way for us to recover our economic footing is to do what Americans do best-innovate and create new industries. Contrary to the perception that the American economy has run out of inspiration and new ideas, Holstein uses ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Walker Books (first published April 26th 2011)
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Kirsten
Jun 08, 2011 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: policy people, environmental scientists, economists, liberals
Recommended to Kirsten by: Hopkins Library
This book definitely has really good intentions, and it held my interest all the way until the last 20 or so pages when it started to repeat itself. Actually what I think he was doing was re-iterating his points, but the book is short enough that it's not strictly necessary.

I really liked all the case studies the author used, and how he explained the way many of those ideas of things going right/wrong can be applied to the economy as a whole. It's a nice blend of positive things that are occurr
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Julie
Sep 11, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
This offering by Holstein in its specifics makes it a breath of fresh air next to the vague rhetoric around 'job creation.' Once he explains the synergistic effect of tech ecosystems you will be looking in your small town or village for signs of these incubators of innovation.

And, apparently it is now become evident that China is not the bargain location for manufacturing it was in the early 1990's until about 2003. I get the sense this book is just an installment on the economic transformation
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Ben Pushka
Mar 25, 2013 Ben Pushka rated it did not like it
Shelves: academic
I enjoyed the book, but the title is highly misleading. The first 2/3 is talking about success stories, and when he gets to his "blueprint" he is extremely vague,"it should encourage...." "it will cost a little bit of money". Then he talks about creating "nonpolitical commissions" as a way to make decisions. However inherently by creating these commissions, it automatically makes them political.

Finally I did not like the way he structered the book. I would have intermingled the "blueprint" with
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Carla
Sep 04, 2011 Carla rated it really liked it
Holstein provides several examples of how companies, cities and regions have made decisions that have lead to economic gain. His positive perspective is refreshing in an cultural environment that tends to focus on the negatives of the economy. The book is broken into three parts, the first two focusing on case studies and the last part containing Holstein's blueprint for recovery. Part 3 is a bit to opinionated for my liking, but he does a good enough job grounding his opinions in facts and exam ...more
Ross Emmett
Dec 03, 2011 Ross Emmett rated it did not like it
Nothing really new here. At one point I might have agreed with him: clusters of industrial strength, with universities at their core, with state gov'ts attuned to enhancing the clusters in their state, and a federal gov't that focused on "big picture" issues like federal funding of basic science.

And yet, really, this is just a sophisticated version of picking winners.

Disappointing, even though the author makes it sound so convincing.
Monica
Mar 29, 2012 Monica rated it liked it
Fascinating look into new ideas in our country; if you are interested in cutting edge ideas and how they are influencing business and the economy, this is a case-based review of what is out there right now. Interesting to think about what will stimulate the economy more than what the US invested in in the past.
Irwin
Jul 06, 2011 Irwin rated it it was amazing
A cogent analysis of America's economic situation. I especially appreciated the case studies which clearly articulate what is working and why. The author's blueprint flows quite logically and persuasively. Highly recommended.
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