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That Used to Be Us

How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

Friedman, Thomas L.

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
That Used to Be Us
Makes recommendations for meeting four major challenges currently facing the United States, including globalization, the information technology revolution, chronic deficits, and unbalanced energy consumption.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374288909
Characteristics: xiv, 380 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Mandelbaum, Michael


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Dec 29, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Oh wow. . . I see the Library Journal has tremendously lowered the bar in the employment realm, or rather hit rock bottom: /// This is a book of exceptional importance, written on a sweeping scale with remarkable clarity by two of our most gifted thinkers.\\\ If these two stooges are gifted, America is soooo over! Thomas "freaky" Friedman says: offshore all the jobs, but education be important - - - offshore all the jobs, but create more jobs? Make sense, moron!

Jun 27, 2013
  • floyglenn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent thug de[ressing to read how we've changed - and not for the better.

Apr 03, 2013
  • Melo00 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good book for parents to read and the rest of the nation.

Sep 22, 2012
  • randalljay rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Three things
America is the greatest country ever - nonsense
W really made a mess of everything-true
The US needs a 3rd party-no kidding

Jan 14, 2012
  • jlazcan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a good book that explains the current state of the US economy and the many problems we as a nation face. I am not a big fan of Thomas Friedman, but this book seems to be more written by Mandelbaum with anecdotes from Friedman's life. The book covers many different subjects and offers up some solutions that may or may not work, but at least they are attempts to fix the situation our country is in.

Dec 20, 2011
  • bubbazannetti rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

A better title for this book should be "That was Never Us". Or maybe how "G.W. And Company Used Us". As a famous college business student once quipped, "Where you going to build it, Fantasy Land?" Creating a factitious past is no way to approach the future. But this doesn't seem to stop"Tom". Condeming the War in Iraq and let slip by the Vietnam mess is more of same petty politics, left v right. These guys in the last chapter look toward a 3rd political party. This may be the only valid prediction in the book. Truth is the evolving 3rd party will not be of these old scool thinkers liking. If anybody is still into the old politics of this country, this book will add ammunition to the left wing, as both left and right Neros continue to play their old sheet music.

Oct 07, 2011

I had considered Friedman's books and TV commentary 'one note' comments, but this book is different.
It is part a pep-talk and part a chide on how we have sought to be 'average' [if that in America] and the world is passing us up [though I'm sure other countries chide their people]. The authors point out some of the things we need to do to produce more [services and manufacturing] and strong education policy---not just academic subjects but show how to get back to the creative spirit of a Gates, Jobs, etc.. Also make sure the children and adults are 'really' prepared for the new reality of present not to mention the future.
They point out we will fail if we just want to 'get by' until retirement or deatth---and if we ALL don't change that 'getting by' may not be that pleasant a life.

Sep 20, 2011

"We need to study harder, save more, spend less, invest wisely, and get back to the formula that made us successful as a country in every previous historical turn."

What happens when a nation's politics are controlled by people who are proud of being ignorant?


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