Reality Check: The Unreported Good News About America

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Streaming headlines, round-the-clock broadcasts--we live in a world of twenty-four hour news. But lately, most of what we read and hear is either negative, biased, or both. Cutting through the gloomy reports and liberal slant are Dennis Keegan and David West with their brand new book, Reality Check: The Unreported Good News About America. Contrary to what the cynical reporters and politicians say, Keegan and West prove that America is still a shining city on a hill, with a low unemployment rate, high GDP, and ...
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Overview


Streaming headlines, round-the-clock broadcasts--we live in a world of twenty-four hour news. But lately, most of what we read and hear is either negative, biased, or both. Cutting through the gloomy reports and liberal slant are Dennis Keegan and David West with their brand new book, Reality Check: The Unreported Good News About America. Contrary to what the cynical reporters and politicians say, Keegan and West prove that America is still a shining city on a hill, with a low unemployment rate, high GDP, and enviable democracy. These are not opinions, but facts--based on statistics that the media isn't reporting because of political agendas, industry competition, and limited resources. In Reality Check, Keegan and West cut through the bias and spin to reveal:
* How our twenty-four hour news culture gives us more inaccurate information, not less
* Why the U.S. economy is doing better than we realize
* Why the recent rhetoric and politics of change may do more harm than good

In this age of information saturation, the need to question and critically think about what we're reading and hearing is more important than ever. In Reality Check, Keegan and West show us how to be discerning consumers and why the news about America is much better than the media would have you believe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596985605
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Keegan is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of the Auspex Group, a hedge fund headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Previously, he served for fifteen years with Salomon Brothers, Inc., in New York and London. During his career with Salomon Brothers, he headed up the U.S. proprietary trading, European fixed income arbitrage, and foreign exchange divisions. He was the chairman of Salomon's risk management committee, co-head of global fixed income, and co-chief executive of European operations. Mr. Keegan earned a bachelor's degree in economics at UCLA, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he currently serves on the Board of Visitors.

David W. West is Founder and CEO of Civicom, an advanced telecom and web-conferencing services company. He is the former general manager of a division of Nestlé, the world's largest food company, where he championed a number of highly successful new businesses. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School where he received the 2005 "Making a Difference" Award for his pioneering work in corporate philanthropy.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: An American Success Story     xi
The Economy
An Economic Champion     1
Carrying the Tax Load     17
China in Perspective     25
Trade in Transition     39
Outsourcing Is Good for America     49
Understanding Inequality     55
The Dynamic Dollar     63
Foreign Affairs
Iraq for the Rational     73
Afghanistan: Showing the Way     101
Why Gasoline Prices Are Rising     109
A Scandal Not to Be Ignored     123
Progress on Nuclear Challenges     131
Domestic Issues
Rethinking Katrina     143
Social Security Sinking     159
Sub Prime Simplified     173
Health Care Reality     185
Nifty NAFTA     203
Wake Up America     213
Epilogue     221
Afterward     227
Endnotes     231
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Hard Answers Made Readable

    This is an excellent condensed survey ¿ made for ordinary people -- of important economic questions of the day with clear, readable answers. And, just in time for the upcoming presidential campaign. While politics is mostly about impressions, this book has real facts (many quite surprising) which dispel many commonly believed myths. The topics are packaged one-to-a-chapter so you can digest an issue at a time. The authors leave out the more baroque analytics which make economics inaccessible or dry to some people, but they know how to zero-in on the key facts. Also, there are plenty of helpful charts which elicit an 'I-can't-believe-that' response.

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