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As head of the Consumer Electronics Association, first time author Shapiro might be described as a high-tech lobbyist, but readers hoping to learn about the latest innovations in the tech world are in for a disappointment. This is a book about policy, not technology, from an unabashed proponent of the conservative agenda. Shapiro begins with a fascinating personal anecdote from July 2008. He was in Qingdao, China when his Chinese counterpart, circumventing the tedious translation process, used a thumbs up-thumbs down gesture and said, in English, "China going up...U.S. going down." After initial outrage, Shapiro has come to agree. His prescription for success includes tried-and-true Republican remedies like curtailing the power of government and lowering corporate taxes. He opposes unemployment payments extension, subsidies of state liabilities, and "every increase in public pensions, Medicare, Social Security, and prescription drug and health-care coverage." Not only does he advocate raising the age of Social Security eligibility, but also instituting a means test. While his reflections on the introduction of digital technology are interesting, for the rest: caveat emptor. (Feb.)
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Like a losing coach on "Friday Night Lights," [Gary Shapiro] sets out to create a playbook for restoring the U.S. to economic pre-eminence. Mr. Shapiro focuses on innovation, which he argues is the nation's great competitive advantage, the source of American exceptionalism. It is easy to think of innovation as something that just happens, but it is in fact embedded in a social and political matrix. In "The Comeback" he details the policies that, he believes, will allow innovation to flourish. His recipe is a familiar one but not yet familiar enough to engage the preoccupied minds of warring political parties in Washington. Why is it that less government is the right answer in the U.S. while government is a critical driver of China's economic success? Perhaps he should make that the subject of his next book.
- Alan Murray, The Wall Street JournalSee all Editorial Reviews
This book basically highlights why the author hates Barack Obama while also offering some good ideas on economic recovery, basically.Published on March 18, 2013 by Peter E. Wells
THIS BOOK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH INNOVATION! It is about the author's very narrow political views. He is not an innovator, he is a lobbyist! HE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM! Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Creativity Sage
Pretty good. General. Well written. Informative. Interesting insights on what can be done and what challenges need to be overcome.
Would recommend it.
Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, has held a front row seat to many innovations in late 20th century and early 21st century America. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Paul Mastin
Let me first say that I am really worried about the future of America. The American Dream is in shams for so many millions of hard working people. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Josh Stine
I am a 20 years old college student who has many dreams, and thinks about his future. Unfortunately, the present economic situation in the United States has sadden me. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Alvaro
Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro makes a clear, focused and unabashedly conservative case for his central themes: The United States can come back from its current... Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
Yes, we need more innovation. This breezy op-ed by a lawyer isn't going to help get us there. It was fun to see how many times he contradicted himself though.Published on July 25, 2011 by Michael A. Dwyer
One would think that a book in which Innovation is the central theme would sparkle with original ideas and deep insight. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Prakash Krishnaswamy