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Becoming China's Bitch: And Nine More Catastrophes We Must Avoid Right Now Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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“Peter Kiernan cut[s] through what he saw as partisan gridlock.”—The New York Times
“Ambitious! . . . Peter Kiernan is a badass.” —Business Insider
“A rocket-fueled ride . . . very thought provoking.” —CNBC Power Lunch
“Peter Kiernan is a tough guy.” —Chris Matthews, Hardball with Chris Matthews
“This is an important book.” —Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe
“Sure to stand out.” —Foreign Policy
“Brilliant.” —Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller Radio
“A great read . . . fascinating stuff. Even if you don’t agree with Peter . . . at least it’s an adult conversation—and you don’t get that a lot.” —The Roe Conn Show
“[Peter has] laid out so many convincing arguments about the polarization in this country. . . . very compelling.” —The Hays Advantage, Bloomberg
“Thought provoking . . . a new concept in this decade.” —Sly in the Morning
“Peter Kiernan’s energy is incandescent. Should there ever be a problem . . . they could hook Peter up and get power to light New York.” —Meryl Streep
A Manifesto for the Radical Center
America is frozen. We have failed to face our nation’s most crucial challenges—and we are about to pay the price.
When it comes to solving our country’s problems, we have become utterly paralyzed: bipartisanship has lulled us into a deadlock, preventing us from taking action. Yet we can no longer ignore the inevitable catastrophes or hand them off to Washington to fix—they must be addressed now, or we will suffer the long-term consequences.
In New York Times Bestseller, Becoming China’s Bitch, Peter Kiernan presents an unflinching manifesto in which he explores five factors that have sustained our national paralysis, then uncovers the ten challenges that pose the greatest threat to the future of America. Presented from a fresh yet informative Centrist perspective, these ten impending catastrophes include our semiconscious dependency on China, our lack of a centrally coordinated intelligence effort, our downward-spiraling health-care system, and the continually expanding problem of illegal immigration. In a logical, personal, and persuasive voice, Kiernan offers radical yet common-sense solutions to these challenges—solutions that every American must acknowledge and act upon before it’s too late.
With provocative insight and analytical depth, Becoming China’s Bitch is the answer to securing our country’s immediate future and restoring our national soul.
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I found the chapters about China the most interesting, of course, but I was actually pretty surprised at how much I learned from the other issues Kiernan covers. I loved how streamlined Kiernan's history of unions was, especially because its an issue I've heard a lot about but never quite understood. The way it was explained in this book really resonated with me and I'm pumped about it. I also loved how swiftly he explains think-tanks, lobbyists, the different sides of the immigration debate, big tobacco, healthcare, the real threat of terrorism, and our prison systems. I had no idea how serious some of these issues are and can't believe so many of us walk around without thoroughly understanding each one.
Unlike one of the reviewers, I found Kiernan to be beyond informative AND well informed on the issues he discussed and he covers a LOT of them. If he went into extreme detail on each subject, the book would have been 9x as long. I think the amount of information included is the perfect amount to thoroughly grasp the issues without being weighed down with nitty-gritty dull details that belong on C-SPAN. READ IT!
To help us out of our funk, Kiernan is straight-shooting and brash--the title alone gets the blood pumping. And his list of nine catastrophes that we need to avert fall along the same lines. He points out the dangers of "the Media Talk Complex," the influence of political lobbyists, the sway of biased think tanks, inter-religious friction, and the inability of the two party system to work properly.
The underlying threat in all of this is China's economic strength--our inadequacies are just the surface troubles. Two issues are of primary concern for Kiernan and they both have to do with the economy: China's growing reserves and the strength of the Yuan. All of the other problems, it could be argued stem from our inability to match China in these departments. If we aren't able to do so, then we most likely will become the title of this book.
Altogether, this is an important argument at a crucial time. Kiernan misses a key opportunity to underscore the fundamental roots of our current condition, and this might be due in part because of his political stance--Kiernan (a former partner at Goldman Sachs) is what he calls a "radical Centrist," if that is possible.
Read this for a good survey of the challenges we face. I also recommend Juggernaut: Why the System Crushes the Only People Who Can Save Itfor a fuller examination of our problems, how we got here, and where we need to go from there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only thing compelling about this book is the title! Kiernan's over inflated " Wall Street, I made a ton of money so now I know everything" ego gets, so in the way as... Read morePublished 23 months ago by bruce w stevens
Well laid out ideas. Informative and non-biased. A great read and choice for my term paper. A real eye opener for me regarding several concerning issues.Published on May 4, 2013 by Xiaoxu Sun
there are sections on factors discussed which are generally contributing to the developing catastrophes. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by robert w parker
This could be a book for MBA students. It covers important global topics in an understandable format. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by noel robyn
The book is interesting and makes some some good points. But the decent writing begins and ends with the title.
The writing is awful. Read more
When I completed the book so difficultly for its bad writing skill and heavily biased views which simply covered up all catastrophes caused by the author's Wall Street and... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by ServantofGod
My friend recommended this book to me, and I gasped as I realized how important it is to think about the subjects as you read the book. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by madlyn fafard
This is the best book you'll read in 2012. No matter your political or social views, author Peter Kiernan provides an unparalleled breadth of insight into the largest problems... Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by Zack M.