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Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future Hardcover – August 14, 2012
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Praise for Entrepreneurial Nation
"I have always believed that America remains the greatest superpower of innovation. Khanna is a leading thinker on how to make U.S. manufacturing more competitive across this country, whether it comes to making high-technology planes, cars, steel bars, fire suits, or even blenders. The unconventional ideas in this book chart the path America can take to lead the world for years to come."--Elon Musk, CEO and founder of Tesla and Space X
"This captivating book adds to the growing discourse on the relevance of American ingenuity and our manufacturing heritage . . . It is a collection of captivating stories and real ideas on how to keep America competitive in the 21st Century."--Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO, DuPont, one of America's original manufacturing companies
"Entrepreneurial Nation is an excellent reminder of what makes American manufacturing great . . . It's an important read for anyone interested in impacting our manufacturing future."--Paul Otellini, president and CEO, Intel Corporation
"Khanna lays out a refreshing vision of innovation-based U.S. manufacturing leadership, not just competitiveness. Entrepreneurial Nation is based on the views and experiences of real manufacturers making real products in America. It prescribes a hefty dose of federal policy changes to empower privatesector innovation in manufacturing. This is a very important addition to a very important debate."--Charles Vest, President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and president of the National Academy of Engineering
"Khanna led Commerce's domestic offices that implemented President Obama’s National Export Initiative. He was a key player in the policy debate in Washington, and he was in the trenches listening to the perspective of manufacturers across our country. It shows. His book provides a powerful vision of what American companies need to do to thrive and grow in the world market."--Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, Obama Administration , 2010–2011
About the Author
Ro Khanna spent two years as deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he worked with the country’s most influential business and labor leaders to rebuild the nation's manufacturing sector and increase American exports. He also served on the White House Business Council. Khanna is now a visiting lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and a technology attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
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I am now practicing technology law at Wilson Sonsini, a Silicon Valley law firm, and teaching Economics at Stanford. I'd love to get your feedback on the book, or ideas for what we can do to grow our economy.
Top Customer Reviews
The author's bio on the book jacket describes him as "former deputy assistant secretary of commerce," a title that leaves you wondering what he was actually doing. You have to look up his LinkedIn profile to find out that his primary function was to boost exports of manufactured goods. Until then, he was an intellectual property lawyer. To his credit, he makes no claim to having any particular knowledge of manufacturing before he started. But he clearly fell in love with the subject, and a passion for it shows through in his writings.
The book contains facts, interpretations of these facts, and policy recommendations. Crisscrossing the country for the commerce department enabled the author to visit many companies and meet outstanding leaders in steel making, aeronautics, mining machinery, defense, and other manufacturing industries. I had not heard about many of them and learned from the author's account of these visits.
The author quotes many sources, and his position gave him the opportunity to be tutored by industry icons like Andy Grove.Read more ›
What Ro's book also demonstrates is the role the U.S. government can play in helping American companies overcome their foreign competition. While companies in China are not able to maximize innovation in the same way American companies can, the Chinese government spends billions of dollars trying to level the playing field. What Ro demonstrates brilliantly is that the U.S. government has a key role to play to make sure that American companies can keep pace. This book is an absolute must read. By telling the story of American manufacturers from the inside, the reader gains an appreciation for the great work going on in this country. By extrapolating policy prescriptions from the everyday experiences of American manufacturers themselves, the book offers a roadmap for American policymaking to come up with targeted and effective policies that will ensure that these great American companies get the government support they so clearly merit.
Khanna is a breath of fresh air from the atmosphere of profound indifference of too many of our political leaders and economic academics. We hear them say, "Manufacturing is the 'old economy.' Manufacturing jobs will either be automated out of existence or removed to low -wage countries overseas. Forget manufacturing. Let's get on with building the 'new economy' of information technology, education, services, and trade."
However, the loss of our manufacturing industrial base, and its replacement by a seemingly less stable economy of finance, real estate, and healthcare has not had such a happy outcome in the recent boom-and-bust economy. So perhaps manufacturing is more important to our economy, not to mention our national security, than the "new economy" pundits want us to believe.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Provides powerful insights on the state of USA manufacturing in addition to why the USA is still competitive in the international economy and comments on what the local, state, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M.Y.
RO Khanna's book is not available at Stanford, where Khanna teaches and there is a reason. Hendrick Smith said it all before. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. M. Dietzgen
Good recap of some of the challenges and potential solutions.
A nice contrast to today's digital first thinking and actions.
Author Khanna uses the experiences of 15 successful manufacturing companies to address the questions of: 'How can we compete successfully with low-wage countries? Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Loyd Eskildson
Just finished reading the book and wanted to put in a few good words. This is a very good book about an important topic. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by TopCat19
Well before the settlements at Jamestown and then Plymouth, the entrepreneurial spirit has guided and driven the development of what eventually became a new nation and has since... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Robert Morris
This book makes very compelling points and builds a genuinely strong case for rejuvenating revival & hope for an Entrepreneurial Nation. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Koshy P. George
Brilliant piece of work! The author has written passionately about how he feels about this country and clearly makes the case that the United States has not lost the "war" on... Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by GURUWHIZ