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Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy Has Failed, Revised and Updated Edition

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A revised and updated edition of the provocative book from the man Studs Terkel calls "one of the hippest members of Congress."
The subject of widespread attention when first released, including the pages of the "New York Times Book Review, Myths of Free Trade" provides a front-row seat to the Washington spectacle of corporate lobbying and political intimidation that keeps
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by New Press (first published 2004)
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Feb 04, 2008 marked it as to-read
This guy is the junior senator from Ohio. I wish he was my dad.
Ted Morgan
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended.
Nathan J. Lichtenstein
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book has completely changed my understanding and view on foreign trade policy. It probably wasn’t the best primer for background on US trade, but it provides enough background that it all makes decent sense.
Barry Best
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make a clear, compelling case on free trade.

Sherrod Brown is Democratic senator from Ohio. He is noticeably biased but that does not make his case any less credible or relevant - especially given results of our trade policies.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hope Sherrod Brown gets to put up a challenge in 2020
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
It is tricky to evaluate a book with such an obvious bias. Sherrod Brown is a Democratic congressman who strongly argues against free trade. The writing style uses strong emotional phrasing to energize the base so sympathizers can rebuff proponents of free trade. The arguments Brown uses are familiar and a little repetitive. Readers probably already are against free trade, and detractors are unlikely to read it. In terms of "fixing the problem," he encourages readers to be more politically ...more
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Sherrod Brown is currently a junior United States Senator from the State of Ohio and a member of the Democratic Party.

More than a decade after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the majority of Mexicans are still living in poverty while more than one million American jobs have been lost. Free Trade is a false dogma that Brown has set out to dispel myth by myth in this timely work. From the coffee fields of Nicaragua to the sweatshops all over Asia, Brown illustrates very well with
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I found this book to be incredibly informative and provocative. I knew precious little concerning the inner workings of free trade deals in general, and next to nothing about the historically-documented negative effects of deals such as NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. on the middle class in the U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, who has amassed a great deal of both knowledge and experience in these concerns, fires straight and true in his extremely candid narrative. He clearly illustrates the pitfalls of trade ...more
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Very good book written by a sitting congressman. A funny moment was when Rush Limbaugh said that his views were typical considering his being black (paraphrasing). The only problem is that he is white. Very refreshing to see that there are progressive members of the Senate out there. Argues that our current "Free Trade" policies are based on fallacies and that they not only hurt workers in other countries, but in America as well (a necessary argument considering we Americans dont care about the ...more
Alan Fogelquist
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another clear account of how trade policy is causing harm to the working middle class with many details on the shady political maneuvering and lobbying for the interests of a small minority whose bureaucratic and corporate interests are served while millions of people lose their jobs and whole communities are destroyed. The work also includes first hand factual reports on the dreadful working conditions in countries to which jobs are transferred. One of the best accounts yet of zero sum ...more
Cathy Allen
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I so love it when someone you trust and admire takes the time to explain a topic of immense complexity and immense importance... and do so in a way that is clear and easy to digest. We all owe Senator Brown an immense debt of gratitude for all that he has done to protect our freedoms and quality of life. That he has spelled out the progressive view on trade policy is a bonus. Very well done.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
He is so smart. I wish he were running for President. A very clear presentation office feelings on Trade. Worth skimming at least.
Jul 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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