Second-Rate Nation: From the American Dream to the American Myth

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Drawing on ample comparative evidence, this book shows that America lags significantly behind other advanced countries in health care, education, crime, civil liberties, racial and ethnic equality, environmental protection, and key features of the economy, including persistent poverty. The gap extends even to some surprising areas: press freedom and democratic representation.

In an election year the book is a valuable resource for assessing the challenges the nation faces. Apart from the author's powerful thesis, the book is a rich resource of up-to-date statistical data on a variety of issues, presented with neither technical obfuscation nor oversimplification.

Sieber argues that a full-fledged American Myth has largely replaced the traditional American Dream. He shows how the nation can better assess and meet these challenges for the well-being of future generations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594510908
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Sieber received his Ph.D. from Columbia University where he became a Sr. Research Associate and lecturer in the graduate faculty of sociology and the Bureau of Applied Social Research.

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Table of Contents

1 Overview of an inferior nation 1
2 The economy, work, recent federal budgets, and business and government 23
3 Health, health, care, and costs 75
4 Education 107
5 Crime and punishment 125
6 The environment, energy, and natural resources 143
7 Foreign affairs - selected issues 163
8 Racial, ethnic, and gender inequality 223
9 Civil liberties 241
10 The media and their relationships with corporations, the government, and the public 255
11 Democracy 283
12 Conclusions and a new beginning 311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    A scary scenario

    Sam Sieber's book paints a picture of our nation as it really is, comparing us with other nations using up-to-date statistics. It is not a scene which will make one proud or happy about our country, but which we need to understand.

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