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-- Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution
"The arms race of the last century has been replaced by a new global brain race -- and the U.S. is in danger of unilaterally disarming. This inspiring book frames the challenge facing us and offers immensely practical advice on how to regain our place as innovation leaders."
-- Paul Saffo, Roy Amara Fellow at the Institute for the Future
"John Kao hits the nail squarely on the head. In an engaging and highly readable way he delivers a timely message with important implications for our future -- that the global race for innovation is on, the field is filled with highly focused competitors, and our biggest mistake would be complacency."
-- Sean Randolph, President & CEO, Bay Area Economic Forum
"A nation's capacity for innovation will determine whether it will be rich and powerful or poor and weak. In his insightful exploration of the world of innovation, John Kao makes clear the challenge that America faces as its own capacity for innovation erodes even as the rest of the world's abilities are growing. America's postition of power and wealth will be determined by whether it can rise to meet the challenge of the innovation agenda that Kao lucidly sets out."
-- Peter Schwartz, Chairman, Global Business Network
"It should be a surprise to no one that John Kao's new book is a highly innovative approach to innovation. He analyzes with crystalline clarity the challenges to U.S. innovation hegemony from ambitious and hungry competitors, China, India, Finland, and even Estonia. He does not shrink from advocating specific solutions, including the creation in the United States of 20 $1B Innovation Hubs and a National Innovation Advisor. His vision is not, however, American. He shows us how the whole planet needs to accelerate its capacity for innovation. For those of us who lead institutes dedicated to innovation this is a Bible and a Koran."
-- Reg Kelly, Chairman, Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, and Director, Institute of Quantitative Biomedical Research
"An insightful, and scary, account of the innovation challenges faced by the U.S... A very useful book that punctures America's complacency about innovation."
I got this based off Zakaria'a recommendation on his show on CNN. Luckily, I was able to borrow it from a friend... so did not waste my money on it... only my time. Read morePublished on August 27, 2011 by V. Beniwal
A lot of information in this book has been published in either Economist, Wall Street Journal or Financial Times. Further, John Kao is not a good writer. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Shih Lee
I didn't read the book but saw the graphs on the CNN show. He left out the graph of CO2. It would have matched the curves of GDP and innovation.Published on June 5, 2011 by scrubjay1
great book to read! Up to date info for any one looking seriously at the challenges facing America in the 21st Century.
Berteau Joisil, MSEE
I found this book personally stimulating in terms of what the innovation process entails and what gets it going. Read morePublished on September 12, 2008 by bronx book nerd
The title of Thomas Friedman's most recently published book, The World Is Flat, is explained by the author in the Introduction: his use of the word "flat" refers to "the flattening... Read morePublished on January 23, 2008 by Robert Morris
As an educator, I found Dr. Kao's discussion on education, and the lack of innovation therein, to be right on target. Innovation starts with our children!Published on December 30, 2007 by Polly D. Steenhagen
John's first-hand experience meeting business, science, and political leaders around the world shows how widespread and intense the drive for innovation has become. Read morePublished on October 16, 2007 by Mark Bünger, Research Director, Lux Research