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“The book is timely, with contemporary examples, yet the advice given is timeless.” “Nothhaft’s honesty, fair approach, and practicality are refreshing.” “Highly recommended.” - CHOICE magazine

“Seldom do we see such clearly articulated and forcefully substantiated arguments. Nothhaft's insight, passion, intelligence and practicality is to be admired. It's one of the most compelling and vital things I've read in quite a while . . .” - American Express Open Forum

“a clear-eyed, sober and well researched assessment of how we can bring innovation back into the economy, begin creating jobs and restore the middle class in this country.” - 800CEOREAD

“an essential read for innovators, business people, patent attorneys and anyone at all interested in a bright economic future for the United States” - IP Watchdog

“an eye-opening and important book” - Manufacturing and Technology News

Great Again hits the bull’s-eye on how to kick-start job creation and rebuild middle-class prosperity in America. The book truly transcends the sterile left-versus-right divide with honesty, facts, and plain good sense. Here’s the solution we’ve been waiting for.” - Pat Choate, economist, policy analyst, and author, Saving Capitalism: Keeping America Strong

“When Hank Nothhaft says, ‘I am the son of a steelworker, and I did not work my whole life creating jobs and wealth just to spend my golden years in some Banana Republic of Silicon Valley,’ we hear a powerful voice speaking up for all Americans. Whether you’re on the left or the right, this book makes uncommonly good sense. Plus, it’s a terrific read.” - Eric Hippeau, CEO, the Huffington Post

“At a time of growing concern over where the jobs, jobs, and jobs will come from, Great Again reminds us of the central role of start-ups in job creation. It persuasively documents how our regulatory, tax, immigration, patent, and other government R&D policies have not only seriously impaired the growth of start-ups, but the whole job-creation process in America.” - Peter G. Peterson, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

“At last, a truly breakthrough book charting the only realistic course for American resurgence. Relying on facts instead of ideology, start-up CEO Henry Nothhaft and investigative journalist David Kline have done more for our country’s future in this short book than Congress has in years of hearings. The stories here are deeply moving, and I was frankly overwhelmed by the authors’ candor, sense of fairness, and basic good sense—qualities that have all but disappeared from American public discourse. If this book does not grab you by the throat, nothing will.” - Paul R. Michel, retired Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

“This is an important book. Great Again describes policy changes that will help keep America competitive, growing, and strong.” - Curt Carlson, CEO, SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute)

“At a time when its competitive position is under siege from emerging economic powers, America requires an insightful and compelling call to arms from an experienced messenger that refocuses our policy makers on what is really at stake in revitalizing innovation and nurturing start-ups. There is no one more qualified to be that messenger than Hank Nothhaft. This is a visionary book.” - Richard Hart, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Technology Group

“At last we hear the true voice of start-up entrepreneurs—the men and women who create the jobs and breakthrough innovations that power American economic growth. Hank Nothhaft’s message in Great Again will be embraced by people coast to coast, no matter what their political persuasion is. Let’s hope the politicians are listening.” - Jeff Brody, Founding Partner, Redpoint Ventures

“Jobs, jobs, jobs—it’s all about jobs. For this reason, Great Again is an absolute must-read. Why? Because Hank Nothhaft has left the politics and ideology to the talking heads and laid out practical, honest, concrete, and sensible ideas for rebuilding our economic vitality, our middle class, and our democratic society.” - Kevin Rivette, author and IP strategist, 3LP Advisors

About the Author

Henry R. Nothhaft is a successful serial entrepreneur and advocate of smart innovation policies in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a former Marine Corps officer, he is the former CEO of Tessera, a technology-miniaturization firm. David Kline is a Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist who has also authored several highly regarded books on innovation policy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (May 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422158578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422158579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,453,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary Griffiths VINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
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Hank Nothhaft and David Kline knock it out of the park with "Great Again," a logical, practical and enjoyable description of what's wrong with America today, and the simple prescription for fixing it. If all business books were this well-written and informative, I'd be reading a lot less fiction. Once started, I could not put it down.

"Great Again" is an inspirational read: passionate, provocative, well-paced, and informative. Nothhaft makes it very clear that the answers are not difficult, and do not require trillions of dollars in government programs, stimulus, and bureaucracy. On the surface, America's economic woes may seem very complex, but "Great Again" cuts through the clutter, extracting gems easily understood by the casual reader. Yet the reader is likely to experience some frustration as well: today's political systems of lobbying and special interests will make real progress elusive - at least until we truly are in a crisis - at which point it may be too late. It is ironic that on one hand, the conscientious CEO wants to do the right thing for America by keeping manufacturing jobs here, even in the face of lucrative tax incentives and other benefits from China and other emerging economies. Meanwhile, politicians who refuse to address corporate tax rates are the same ones threatening to penalize businesses for moving jobs off-shore, while at the same time penning job killing legislation (like Sarbanes Oxley or the more recent Dodds-Frank consumer "protection" legislation). If we can't get a government that actually helps and encourages business growth and entrepreneurship (like China), we should at least get one that stays out of the way.

The use of anecdotes - like the author's childhood in steel town Sharon, PA.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on June 20, 2011
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Repairing the U.S. economy is at the forefront of political talk these days. Everyone seems to have his/her own solution to the problems that beset us, and these solutions can include anything from additional stimulus money to greater and more widely distributed tax cuts. Most of the proposed resolutions to economic issues involve direct transfers of cash, but some feel the solution to America's woes lies elsewhere and one of them is author and entrepreneur Henry Nothhaft. He feels that America needs a renewed interest in innovation, easier and more efficient patent approval, more manufacturing jobs, and increases in research and development if the nation expects to pull out of its present slump and regain its position as an economic world leader.

There isn't much talk among political pundits and candidates of office about the importance of entrepreneurship and the problems that excess regulation have heaped on those who innovate, but Great Again is convinced that innovation is key and the author openly shares his vision for a more prosperous America in the pages of this book. The book devotes a good deal of its space to the subject of innovation with the author emphasizing how important innovation is to the creation of jobs and the ongoing sustainability of the economy. Nothhaft has a great deal of experience in this area and he relies on that experience, along with statistics on innovation, patent issuing, and the like, to back his points. Not only is the United States lagging on these areas, the U.S. government has also become less involved in its support of innovation, research, development, etc. The book accurately points out how nations like China are aggressively supporting innovation and business growth through tax abatements and direct support.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Troy J. Apparicio on April 18, 2011
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Great Again is an incredible book that provides in-depth insights into the dilemmas faced within America. Every cable news network says we are at a juncture in our history and discusses the difficulties related to jobs, budgets, and the overall future of America.

Hank Nothhaft and David Kline are able to not only offer solutions to help get through such difficulties, but also provide context relative to how America got to where it is as a country today. This eloquently written easy read really hits home. Having lived and worked in the Silicon Valley and the Detroit metro area, I have physically seen many of the broad concepts discussed in this book.

Stories like "Could Apple be built today?" and the patent version of David and Goliath, "Cappy Capstran vs. BigCo," really get you thinking about the state of VC and what it takes to get a business started today, as well as the state of the USPTO. With compelling third party narratives around entrepreneurship, venture capital, manufacturing, and innovation, backed through research, statistics, and Mr. Nothhaft's personal chronicles, I am sure this is one book that will get you thinking and discussing how America can be Great Again!

* I have provided research for this book, however the preceding review reflects my personal opinion

- Troy J. Apparicio
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kevin rivette on April 20, 2011
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I have been an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley before it was called that. I have raised millions of dollars from venture, started two software companies, have been a patent attorney, been the VP of IP strategy for IBM and written and spoken on this topic for years. I mention this only to substantiate Hank's POV on the need to revitalize manufacturing in the US and also protect the patent system!

Way back in the Pleistocene era, when I came to the Valley it was all about the products and companies were opening manufacturing plants here. Companies like Intel and AMD were building and operating fabs, GM was investing in the NUMI plant with over one million feet of manufacturing space under its roof and Apple was manufacturing in Fremont. Times were good and the prosperity was a shared experience.

I look at the Vally now and see too many money guys without engineering degrees or experience and way too little manufacturing. R&D is great, but combined with manufacturing is is dynamite. I agree with Hank - without the manufacturing expertise it is almost impossible to develop and enhance the next gen products.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is an easy read and in my opinion clearly sets forth the issues and some of the fixes. It would be nice to have an economy were all of us feel we are valuable and prospering again.

Kevin Rivette
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