From Publishers Weekly
Hampered by an Arab nation boycott that makes regional trade impossible and endowed with precious little by way of natural resources, Israel has beaten the odds to become a major player in the global business world, especially in the technology sector. With the highest number of startups per capita of any nation in the world and massive venture capital investment, Israel is one of the world's entrepreneurship hubs. Senor, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Singer (Confronting Jihad
) track Israel's economic prowess using a number of factors, including the social networks and leadership training provided by Israel's mandatory military and reserve service, a culture of critique fostered by centuries of Jewish tradition and an open immigration policy for Jews that continually restocks Israel's population with motivated people from around the world—all of which foster a business climate in which risk is embraced and good ideas are given a chance to grow. The authors ground their analysis in case studies and interviews with some of Israel's most brilliant innovators to make this a rich and insightful read not just for business leaders and policy makers but for anyone curious about contemporary Israeli culture. (Nov.)
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"There is a great deal for America to learn from the very impressive Israeli entrepreneurial model... START-UP NATION
is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders."
(Special correspondent for NBC News, and bestselling author of The Greatest Generation Tom Brokaw
"In the midst of the chaos of the Middle East, there's a remarkable story of innovation. START-UP NATION
is... a timely book and a much-needed celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit."
(former CEO of eBay Meg Whitman
"Senor and Singer's experience[s]...come to life in their illuminating, timely, and often surprising analysis."
(anchor of ABC's "This Week" George Stephanopoulos
"No one else, in my judgment, has written regularly about Israel
in recent years with more clarity than Singer." (Editor of The Weekly Standard William Kristol
"An edifying, cogent report."
"A rich and insightful read."
"Saul Singer's Confronting Jihad
should be mandatory reading for anyone, layman or expert, interested in the real Middle East
." (historian and bestselling author of Six Days of War Michael Oren