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Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 11, 2010
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About the Author
National radio host Thom Hartmann is the award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen books currently in print in more than a dozen languages on four continents. Hartmann is also an entrepreneur, an internationally known speaker on culture and communications, and an innovator in the fields of psychiatry, ecology, and economics. The former executive director of a residential treatment program for emotionally disturbed and abused children, he has helped set up hospitals, schools, famine relief programs, and communities for orphaned or blind children in India, Africa, Australia, South America, Europe, Israel, Russia, and the United States. Thom is the host of a wildly popular national radio program on the Dial-Global network, which is broadcast during radio prime time on stations from coast-to-coast and on satellite radio.
Top Customer Reviews
Insprired by Alexander Hamilton's 11-point Plan for American Manufactures, Mr. Hartmann dedicates eleven chapters that touch on critical economic issues including tariffs, taxes, small business, banking, energy, immigration, and more. Mr. Hartmann finds that ever-increasing corporate control of the economy has led to concentrated ownership and wealth at the top while pushing the middle and lower classes of American workers towards the bottom. Drilling into each issue in detail, Mr. Hartmann discusses what policies need to change if we want everyone to participate in the American Dream, not just the few.
For example, Mr. Hartmann contends that stiff tariffs are critical to protecting the kinds of well-paying jobs that can only come from maintaining a strong domestic manufacturing base. On this point, Mr. Hartmann goes against the so-called free trade message that is relentlessly amplified by a media whose multinational corporate sponsors profit handsomely from their exploitation of world labor market disparities. In this light, Mr.Read more ›
On the heels of his last book Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture (honestly, which I wasn't much inspired to finish), this is a much more practical and real book. Hartmann dissects issues of real importance to our country. Based on the work of Alexander Hamilton, who wrote an eleven step plan for building our country's industrial base, Hartmann takes his principles and places them in the forefront of our Republican shattered American economy. The first chapter alone discusses the hemorrhaging of American jobs due to loop holes and anti-protectionist laws that have opened up the world to American jobs but not American products. Just try and find something in stores that is American made. It's challenging.Read more ›
Hartmann is unrelenting in his assertion that Reaganomics and Clintonomics have undone our nation, abetted by corporate interests and the Supreme Court. Globalization has beggared the U.S., crushing the middle class, moving manufacturing and corporate headquarters offshore, and further entrenching the super-rich. CEO pay in this country was at about the world standard before Reagan, some 30 times that of entry-level workers. Now it is routinely 500 times greater than the lowest, and sometimes 5,000 times that level.
The author demonstrates and explains why higher taxes have always raised wages and reduced the size of government and why unions are essential to worker rights. He shows why all of the other developed nations in the world have benefited from universal health care and shows that a simple majority in Congress could make Medicare available to anyone who wanted to join - and that it would be easily and immediately revenue neutral.
Only once does Hartmann slip back into the faith-based thinking that must have been part of his youth when he sideswipes "our belief in the supremacy of science." (He wandered off into magical thinking in one brief stretch of his otherwise thoughtful The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated: The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everyone needs this book ... it's the only one I know that both traces the origins of our political conundrums and actually proposes solutions that are logical and doable.Published 6 months ago by Joan Peterdi
Thom Hartmann speaks the truth and backs it up with facts!!!Published 7 months ago by Nancy J. Stevenson
This exposition and elaboration is quite simply superb--for both layperson and professional. Succinct and readable while addressing the complexities of the social, economic, and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gary Smith
Awesome, good historical background on info. Honest and helpful review of some of the current messes that America is in.Published 14 months ago by PTrisha
Thom has a way cutting through the bull and getting his message across. Love the book!Published 17 months ago by Randy
Democracy can only work if we are informed AND involved! Read this book! Some very good solutions by founding father'sPublished on April 27, 2013 by G. Schlegel
Since the 1970's we've blamed our problems on corporations and big business, but what exactly has the average citizen done for the nation? Read morePublished on March 19, 2013 by B. Wolinsky