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Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region (Stanford General Books) Hardcover – February 9, 2009


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  • Series: Stanford General Books
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford General Books; 1 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804756252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804756259
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,155,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Journalist Flanigan argues that the 22-million-strong region at the nexus of Latin America and the U.S. has moved from the periphery to the center of the American economy via specific innovations, endowments and long-term trends that have not only helped create the new global economy but point the way to U.S. prosperity in a dramatically changed global marketplace. Profiling small business owners, inventors, academic researchers, and business and finance pioneers (including broadband innovator Henry Samueli and financier Michael Milken), Flanigan gives an informed sense of key transformations in both SoCal's economy and international trade attendant on developments in communications technology. Dismissing gloomier forecasts by the likes of Mike Davis and Joan Didion, Flanigan aligns himself with the reasoned optimism of authors like historian Kevin Starr and journalist Peter Schrag, but it must be said his is a more narrowly focused treatment than this company suggests, which leaves the book overly sanguine at points. Nonetheless, this is a valuable explication of the meaning and challenges of globalization for the region and the U.S. generally. (Mar.)
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"Thanks to this lively investigation by one of the nations most highly regarded business reporters, we can better understand how off-shore investment, technology, decentralization, can-do entrepreneurialism and sheer panache have created one of the strongest economies on the planet as well as a working model for American competition in a global age." —Kevin Starr, University of Southern California


"Few experts understand Southern California's dynamism better than Jim Flanigan. He's poured all that understanding into this book and given us a great read about one of the world's most important economies." —Michael Milken, Chairman, The Milken Institute


"The author is a recognized journalistic authority on the topic. This study offers a refreshing view of Southern California, painting biographical narratives on a background canvas of important economic data." —William Deverell, Director, Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West


"Flanigan argues that the rapid growth of the Asian economies since the mid-1970s and the preeminence of Los Angeles' deep-water port on the West Coast—among other factors—have made it the 'center of the universe.' This is an important insight, and one that is too little appreciated. The writing is forceful and most engaging are the stories of individuals who have built up lucrative businesses after coming to appreciate the available opportunities." —Susan B. Carter, Professor of Economics, University of California, Riverside


"This important book offers fresh perspectives on the resilience and global reach of Southern California's dynamic economy. Distilling his four decades of experience as a perceptive observer, Flanigan has a real eye for the biographical detail that brings to life the regions dramatic story of globalization, business innovation, and immigrant entrepreneurship." —Steven P. Erie, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego and author of Globalizing L.A.

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It made me feel that things are definitely possible when you care and work hard to prepare.
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Jim Flanigan's book is a fascinating and well researched study that focuses the reader's view of the Southern California economy from a new perspective.
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The book reads quickly... Flanigan's style is to-the-point and full of interesting facts, lore, and insights!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James F. Sitterly on April 4, 2009
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I am overwhelmed by the intolerance running amuck these days between the political left and the right. The huge hubbubb over Lavine's book is causing such a stir that a book of calm reflection, such as Mr. Flanigan's Smile Book can get unfairly overshadowed
Finding a book with facts and personal success stories which point to a positive economic future for California is really a pleasant breath of clean and fresh air.
I was enthralled by Mayor Reardon's comments and the rest of the book is just as interesting and full of uplifting observations about our beloved California. Hooray for Flanigan and his huge smile! This book radiates with a warmth, understanding and respect for our times as no other
book I have found. Read it and share the good news with others.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simon Burrow VINE VOICE on April 9, 2009
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Jim Flanigan has written a book that will make the most boosterish Chamber of Commerce member blush. He make claims about the future of Southern California that seem outrageous given the current economy and yet they are probably true. In about 22 BCE Herod built a new harbor for the Mediterranean city of Caesarea and as a result for 300 years it was the center of trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. The same thing is happening in Southern California. But it is not just ports. It is universities, airports and new ways of forming capital. And most of all it is Immigrants. With today's immigrants to LA Flanigan points out "the emphasis is on success in the new land and the advantage of connections in the old."
Flanigan fails to point out two advantages that the United States and therefore Southern California have over competing cities like Mexico City, Beijing and Seoul is that we have high regard for the rule of law and a high degree of meritocracy.
Flanigan writes in the factual style of a newspaper reporter. His writing is excellent and his example are full off hope. If you want to see the positive side of immigration, globalization, automation, outsourcing and the economy in general; read this book and smile,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By joann lutz on March 29, 2009
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Jim Flanigan has always been a writer of the facts. No opinions. I continue to search and try to attend where he is speaking and appearing and where his writing is featured because of the amount of information I absorb from his research. His stories and columns are very interesting and educational. Smile California is again facts. How we succeed. No negative thoughts here.
We are the great Country. We are in a Global Economy. We will survive and achieve more success in this Global
ecomomy. Stories in Flanigans Book are so uplifting. Good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. P. O. Carroll on March 27, 2009
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I have been reading Jim Flanigan's columns in the LA Times since I first came to Southern California in 1982. He always told a good story; complex issues distilled into easily digestible morsels that went down well with Sunday morning breakfast. This book continues his tradition of wrapping those same complex issues into immensely readable stories. He tells of real people and their struggles to succeed. Behind the patina of "LaLa Land" there is a thriving business life that he captures beautifully in "Smile Southern California". If you want to know where the next great economic revival will take place, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Cook on March 26, 2009
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I've been in the doldrums over every scrap of news (except maybe college basketball this season), and feeling depressed about "these economic times" to the point of paralysis. Then I was presented with Smile, Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe. Honest and upbeat, this book describes why Southern California is still the leader in economic growth, trends of all kinds, import/export, and in welcoming entrepreneurs from all over the world. James Flanigan clearly lays out why the California southland is poised to take off (again). He explains the unique synergy of California from immigration to the transportation hubs in the Inland Empire, from institutes of higher learning to traffic on the 405 freeway. Southern California hasn't had a clearer chronicle since Jack Smith was writing for the Chandlers' LA Times. The book takes into account bailouts, deficits, overcrowding and explains how Southern California has succeeded and will succeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By History Buff on May 2, 2009
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Jim Flanigan's book is a fascinating and well researched study that focuses the reader's view of the Southern California economy from a new perspective. Well worth reading.

Despite its amusing title, the book is a serious examination of how the dramatic growth of trade with Asia has shifted Southern California to the center of the nation's world trade activity. But the dramatic shift in goods and services, from east to west, is only part of the story, as a diverse wave of successful immigrants and a reservoir of local technology has created a booming group of entrepreneurs that have transformed many of the world's industries.

Flanigan analyzes how the decline of highly visible major corporations, such as the aerospace firms that once dominated Southern California, unleashed a talented pool of scientists and engineers to pioneer new industries, such as cellular telephones, and internet based businesses. Adding to the mix is the region's long standing leadership in movie industry imagination and graphics, which has re-invented itself to supply the infrastructure for Southern California's leadership in electronic games.

He discusses a largely unseen booming economy that exists below the radar of the large corporations, such as automobile manufacturing and steel, which in the past, but no longer, were the visible measures of a region's economic power.

For the skeptic who might think that the book is an example of local boosterism, Flanigan supplies an overwhelming number of specific examples to buttress his study.
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