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“Barry Lynn puts the spotlight on the dangers of our over-outsourced economy. A catastrophe in a remote province of China can put a large part of the American electronics industry out of business. Our business leaders are so focused on the next quarter bottom line that they overlook the dangers of losing control of their supply lines. There are serious national security questions raised as well. Lynn has used his investigative skills to clearly and readably explain this danger to the general public.”
—Arthur Hartman, former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union and France
“The benefits, dangers, and sheer inevitability of global competition are the central forces shaping the economic and social future of the United States. Barry Lynn’s book, based on careful reporting, is a real step forward because it dramatizes the stakes for Americans and clarifies the choices the country has to make.”
—James Fallows, author of Breaking the News and national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly
“Striking in its clarity and originality... Merely for cleanly spelling out the fragility of our globalized production system and what needs to be done to avoid the possibility of catastrophic failure, this is one of the most important books on globalization in a decade."
--Michael Borrus, former director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy and executive in residence at Mohr Davidow Ventures
“Tom Friedman for grown ups.”--The Washington Post
“A great primer on the history of the corporate movement toward outsourcing, logistics and single sourcing… A strength of the book is Lynn's depth of research into the political, economic and cultural climates that led to our current business model.” --USA Today
“A brilliant examination of the global economy and its danger zones. It's a book everyone concerned about our national and economic security should read.”--Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
From the Hardcover edition.
|Introduction : shock waves||1|
|Ch. 1||The old west : running from Japan||19|
|Ch. 2||China and the global moment : Clinton's counterstroke||45|
|Ch. 3||Our world : America's system in transition||73|
|Ch. 4||Thinking in links : the logistics revolution||100|
|Ch. 5||Assets backwards : outsourcing and the arbitrage firm||128|
|Ch. 6||The great consolidation : of scope & scale||155|
|Ch. 7||The virtual moment : the snap-together world||184|
|Ch. 8||Warnings unheeded : risk vs. reward||211|
|Ch. 9||Rent and rending : stretched to the limit?||237|
|Conclusion : our global commons : whose rules?||254|
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Posted September 6, 2006
It doesn't matter if you are a Ph-D in Economics or a high school student just starting to think about how the world works. This book covers amazing ground with ease. You will want to read it more than once. You will be tempted to read passages outloud to friends.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2005
Posted August 9, 2005
This amazing book, explains what globalization really is and how it works and why we should care. Any one who cares about the world today, should read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.