Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy

Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy

by Andrew Liveris
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Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy by Andrew Liveris

The case for revolutionizing the U.S. economy, from a leading CEO

America used to define itself by the things we built. We designed and produced the world's most important innovations, and in doing so, created a vibrant manufacturing sector that established the middle class. We manufactured our way to the top and became the undisputed economic leader of the world. But over the last several decades, and especially in the last ten years, the sector that was America's great pride has eroded, costing us millions of jobs and putting our long-term prosperity at risk. Now, as we struggle to recover from the worst recession in generations, our only chance to turn things around is to revive the American manufacturing sector—and to revolutionize it. In Make It in America: The Case for Reinventing the Economy, Andrew Liveris—Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company—offers a thoughtful and passionate argument that America's future economic growth and prosperity depends on the strength of its manufacturing sector.

  • The book explains how a manufacturing sector creates economic value on a scale unmatched by any other, and how central the sector is to creating jobs both inside and outside the factory
  • Explores how other nations are building their manufacturing sectors to stay competitive in the global economy, and describes how America has failed to keep up
  • Provides an aggressive, practical, and comprehensive agenda that will put the U.S. back on track to lead the world

It's time to stop accepting as inevitable the shuttering of factories and staggering job losses that have come to define manufacturing. It's time to acknowledge the cost of inaction. There is no better company to make the case for reviving U.S. manufacturing than The Dow Chemical Company, one of the world's largest manufacturers and most global corporations. And there's no better book to show why it needs to be done and how to do it than Make It in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470930229
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 12/21/2010
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew N. Liveris is Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, a $45 billion global specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences, and plastics company based in Midland, Michigan. Liveris's 34-year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, engineering, sales, and marketing since he began with the firm in Australia in 1976. Liveris was born in Darwin, Australia, and received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Liveris serves on the boards of directors of IBM and Citigroup. He is President of the International Council of Chemical Associations; Vice Chairman of The Business Council; a member of the executive committee of the Business Roundtable; and a member of the U.S. President's Export Council, the U.S.-India CEO Forum, and the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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Make It In America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Ross_Dunbar More than 1 year ago
Dow's CEO Andrew Liveris has given Americans a must read book on the need for an industrial policy in the U.S. to create/revive an advanced manufacturing sector in the U.S. The book is a concise and well-written blueprint for just how to shape such a public-private cooperative partnership. In addition to advocating for a series of public policies to revitalize America's manufacturing sector, and to make the U.S. the most competitive and appealing country in the world for companies to manufacture things in (e.g. reducing the corporate income tax, making the R&D tax credit permanent, having clear and consistent regulations, increasing the number of free trade agreements we have with high-wage countries such as S. Korea, "feed-in tariffs" like Germany uses), Liveris also proposes some new and innovative ideas that would serve our country well (e.g. a specific manufacturing tax credit, a National Economic Growth Bank, and a national infrastructure bank, among other ideas). As a reader who spent a decade in the private sector (at companies including Battelle and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and who has been a public high school teacher for the past decade (Liveris's book also addresses the challenges in our education system -- with an important emphasis on the achievement gap within the U.S. student population) I could not put the book down. Liveris has done a great service by writing this book. I can only hope all policy makers in D.C., all business leaders, and all Americans, have the chance to read it, and to work together to implement all of the ideas in it.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
Andrew N. Liveris is chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, vice chairman of the Business Council and a member of the Business Roundtable’s executive committee. Yet, unlike most of his peers, he advocates for more government intervention in the marketplace, not less. Liveris urges manufacturing executives and public policy makers to plan, develop and implement a comprehensive, government-led national program to revive American manufacturing. While typical corporations more often petition for lower corporate taxes (and then, inconsistently, sometimes seek government help), this corporate leader proposes a business-government partnership. getAbstract recommends Liveris’s call to action to manufacturing executives, government leaders and anyone with a stake in the long-term health of the US economy.
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