Betting on America: Why the U.S. Can Be Stronger after September 11

Betting on America: Why the U.S. Can Be Stronger after September 11

by James W. Cortada
     
 

"This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper."

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

An Homage to the Great American Spirit

The immediate, horrible shock of 9-11 is now behind us, even though we remember the shock all too well. But

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"This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper."

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

An Homage to the Great American Spirit

The immediate, horrible shock of 9-11 is now behind us, even though we remember the shock all too well. But Americans are still asking fundamental questions about what terrorist attacks will mean to their lives, their families, their nation. Betting on America places the events of 9-11 in historical context, offering a thoughtful, realistic, and ultimately optimistic vision of America's new future.

The authors find in American history one lesson, repeated again and again: when we are challenged, we find the strengths and the leadership that enable us to prevail. They remind us of moments like Fort Sumter and Pearl Harbor: the immediate traumas, the national mobilization that followed, and the ways national crises like these challenged the United States to achievements that were previously unimaginable.

Along the way, the authors shed new light on the questions that are agonizing Americans: Will we ever feel safe again? Why did this happen? What do the reasons behind terrorism tell us about how we must respond? And what new and hopeful opportunities can we find in the tragedy of 9-11—both as individuals and as citizens?

* The bumpy road to a new normalcy
First, shock; then uncertainty; then an unshakeable determination to move forward
* A celebration of the American spirit
Unleashing the enormous energy of our restless and bold people
* Post-9-11and hope
Making wise decisions, taking sound precautions
* "Let's roll": leadership with a bias toward action
What we need from our leaders now
* Leveraging the awesome power of American initiative
The lessons of history: empowering Americans to respond personally
* The new realities of globalization, decentralization, and technological revolution
Recognizing the profound changes that have been developing for years
* New technology: problem, solution, neither, or both?
Will 9/11 accelerate and deepen the Information Revolution?
* The worldly American
Bringing the affairs of the world into our daily lives
"As we gather tonight, our nation is at war, our economy is in recession, and the civilized world faces unprecedented dangers. Yet the state of our Union has never been stronger."

President George W. Bush
State of the Union speech,
January 29, 2002

After 9/11: a realistic, optimistic vision of America's future.

  • 9-11 in its long-term perspective: what we must know, what we must do
  • A nation forged in crisis: the positive lessons of American history
  • Unleashing the enormous energy of the American people
  • Resilient new ways of thinking, feeling, and acting in a new age of uncertainty
  • Creative public policies for building a stro history to the tragic events of 9-11 and to offer a clear path forward—for us as individuals and as a nation.

    James W. Cortada and Edward Wakin examine the long-term impact of 9-11 at every level, from our most private personal relationships to the choices we make as a society, as we seek to respond to new threats without compromising our most cherished values.

    Time after time, when faced with the most profound challenges, this great nation and people have responded with a unique genius for further greatness. Now that we are called to respond again, Betting on America shows us how the lessons of history can help us act more wisely, more realistically, and with greater confidence. Let's roll.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Cortada (an executive at IBM) and Wakin (communications, Fordham U.) provide the inevitable business management literature response to the September 11th crimes, suggesting that business (and the country) can "leverage" the consequent changes. Among the pieces of advice proffered is to take advantage of the anthrax and 9-11 attacks to promote on-line banking. Just as reactionary fear mongering is used to promote business strategy, business strategy is used as a blueprint for national security policy. For example, it is suggested that the government apply business models for gathering information on customers to gathering information on citizens. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130460783
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
04/02/2002
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.00(d)

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