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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Thought Provoking, Intelligent Read

The hardest part of reading this book was setting aside preconceived notions in order to fairly analyze what Friedman and Mandelbaum clearly lay out. The authors stick fairly close to centrist ideas though some political leanings come through in their choice of example...
The hardest part of reading this book was setting aside preconceived notions in order to fairly analyze what Friedman and Mandelbaum clearly lay out. The authors stick fairly close to centrist ideas though some political leanings come through in their choice of examples and descriptions. While the presentation of problems and solutions are the opinions of the authors, they come across in an honest, credible manner. Whether you agree or disagree with the content, there is no doubt this book is thought provoking and intellectually challenging especially if you are worried about the future of the US.

posted by Praetor on November 15, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

Boycott Tom Friedman!

Tom Friedman was one of the great proponents of globalization and "making the world smaller." Now that globalization and hyper-capitalism has led to the collapse of the West, Mr. Friedman wants to feed us a load of crap about how we can once again recapture the busines...
Tom Friedman was one of the great proponents of globalization and "making the world smaller." Now that globalization and hyper-capitalism has led to the collapse of the West, Mr. Friedman wants to feed us a load of crap about how we can once again recapture the business, industry and virtues that we sold cheaply for our mass consumption service economy. Mr. Friedman can join the Republicans and Democrats and bite me.

posted by HarryVane on December 12, 2011

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    "Covers a lot of territory & provides a lot of food for

    "Covers a lot of territory & provides a lot of food for thought, and some interesting insights, but the suggested answer to every problem seems to be some version of "more government". Also goes off on a horribly one-sided (and only loosely-related) rant on "global warming" that seems out of place a midst the other topics. Plenty of interesting discussion, but very biased, bordering on ignorant, in much of the presentation. I sometimes felt like I was just listening to a semi-educated MSNBC addict, rather than a best-selling author."

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Same ole same ole story. It ignores we are spending much of our

    Same ole same ole story. It ignores we are spending much of our national treasury on wars, bases, and corporate resource grabbing all over the world. We act like the old British Empire. Who said we should rule the world and decide for other nations their future?

    London banksters rob our treasury using bailouts which aren't even American but international with no oversight or punishment. Whose on "Welfare"? There is no regulation in Britain of banks so they stole them all. How about we set up off shore banks in Hawaii and encourage the wealthy in Britain, Switzerland, etc. a "secret tax haven" here? It is only fair.

    The refusal to tax the billionaires who hide their stash in off shore banks says it all. Our troops protect drug fields in Afghanistan and we call it "Al Qaeda". The fox (global banksters, military industrial compiex, health and insurance corporations, etc.) is in the hen house (White House) and new party leaders make no difference.

    Globalization has destroyed our treasury and jobs...companies gone off shore. Follow the money. It certainly isn't here to build our infrastructure, educate our own, or defend ourselves.

    Until we understand the problem we can't solve it Mr. Friedman.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Somewhat Boring.

    Mr. Friedman should learn to write better. He is not much of a story teller, and I found myself sleeping when I picked up this book.

    APC 2012

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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