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"There's no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil. With his vast knowledge of science and energy, history and business, he brings new insights to every topic he examines." -- Bill Gates
"Another irreplaceable entry in Smil's chronicling of the modern world. If anyone needs help understanding why making 'things' still matters in a digital world, start here. The US position as the world's reserve currency probably rests on the outcome." -- Michael Cembalest, Chief Investment Officer, JP Morgan Asset Management
"Vaclav Smil is one of our time's most insightful, thorough, and prolific analysts on the history and state of technology, humanity, and industry. Every book Smil has written has made an important contribution, but none may be more important, more timely than Made in the USA. Smil's fascinating and lucid exploration of the history and state of manufacturing in America comes at a critical time and should be the starting point for any discussion about the future for the USA." -- Mark P. Mills, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
The book is very well written and has many interesting facts and history.
Real value is created in manufacturing and the folks doing the work spend their earnings in our economy and they derive a certain dignity from making something.
Smil's book is packed with remarkable facts about the rise of various consumer and producer technologies and America's competitive place in the global economy.
good on factual history. Not as interesting when it comes to the present. No new ideas for the future.Published 3 months ago by jan andreassen
Smil, one of Bill Gates' favorite authors, makes a good case for the negative consequences of the US exporting its manufacturing base to other countries. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike Lewis
A superb reality check. Back to basics in this new era of services economy. A very good perspective on a number issues which are hot topics of economic debate.Published 6 months ago by prachi kothari
I picked this up after hearing Bill Gates highly recommend the author in a recent interview. After the first few chapters, I must say that I don't share his enthusiasm. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Doug Wilson
Vaclav Smil digs into the rise and fall of manufacturing in America, from our humble beginnings to our inability to provide a stable production base for a lot of the devices we all... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Stephen Lerch
This book in my opinion is a must read if you want to truly understand America's current economic environment. While this book focuses on the U.S. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shuttlesource.com
This is a must read for anyone that cares about America's future. We spend too much time talking about the wrong things in politics and not enough trying to understand the root of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Scott C. Daniel