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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802777503
  • ASIN: B008SMAA52
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,123,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If wishful thinking were dollars, this book would be a gold mine. As it is, Holstein provides an optimistic but not necessarily candy-colored view of a resurgent American economy."Kirkus Reviews

"The heart of The Next American Economy is nine impressively thorough case studies of ‘clusters’ of successful US businesses…Holstein expended a lot of shoe leather in his researches, from Massachusetts to California, and he does an excellent job of describing what he sees and letting his subjects speak for themselves."—Ed Crooks, Financial Times

About the Author

William J. Holstein has written for Business Week, the New York Times, and Fortune, among other publications, and is the author of Why GM Matters, Manage the Media, and The Japanese Power Game.

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Reading this book was very easy and the author had a fluid writing style.
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At a time of ongoing uncertainty, this book offers such tremendous insight into ways to transform our economy.
Amanda
This book gives me hope about how America can build wealth - real wealth - and produce exciting innovations.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Asen on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first book I've read in a while that actually made me feel hopeful about the American economy and the chance for the US to thrive in the 21st century. Mr. Holstein is a master storyteller who has done the legwork (literally) to uncover some of the most informative cases of interactions between academia, government, and industry. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is tired of the doom and gloom forecast for the American economy and wants to know about the best and brightest ideas being conceived, incubated, and commercialized in various pockets (or 'clusters', as they're known) of the United States. These are clearly the innovations and industries that will lead our country forward in the next century and Mr. Holstein is to be praised for highlighting them in this thoughtful book. It's a feel-good read with real takeaways.

Here's a link to Mr. Holstein's interview on MSNBC's "The Dylan Ratigan Show": [...]
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on April 26, 2011
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At a time of ongoing uncertainty, this book offers such tremendous insight into ways to transform our economy. As we continue to look at the horrific effects of joblessness, lack of health care and housing, escalating poverty and the struggle of middle class families, Mr. Holstein offers real solutions. His case illustrations are poignant and compelling as they bring home the despair of so many of us for so very long. His research is thorough and suggests refreshing ideas on a micro-economic level that is applicable to all people...from large corporations to small business. It highlights the essential need for collaboration which includes a vital emphasis on the need for innovation and the creation of new industries. He urges us to consider the wealth of ideas coming from universities and research which can help businesses while creating what he refers to as "ecosystems" which he convincingly suggests can positively impact our use of energy, expand our workforce through retraining and, perhaps most importantly, create sustainable growth. It is indeed a book that combines a rational approach to our ailing economy while offering impressive insight and provocative thought.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William J. Holstein on November 16, 2011
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While Washington may practice the politics of conflict, the rest of America is showing that cooperation between the business, government, educational, and foundation sectors can foster innovation and create new jobs. William J. Holstein's The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery is an essential roadmap for America's renewal and an insightful reckoning of the global challenges ahead.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AKH35 on May 11, 2011
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As a current student, it is impossible not to worry about the economy and jobs (specifically, my future job). Everything (from small businesses to non-profits) hinges on our country's ability to build wealth and sustain it. It seems like Wall Street crashed and the ground came out from under everybody. This book gives me hope about how America can build wealth - real wealth - and produce exciting innovations. I hope our government, business leaders, and thinkers all read this so they can see what's working in small pockets around the country and make it happen everywhere...and then give me a job.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ipse Dixit on July 4, 2011
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I ordered this book because of an interview I saw with William Holstein on MSNBC. I liked what he said, and sent immediately for the book.

Because I am a teacher, and have written on careers, I thought to just scan through for any new points. That didn't work. Just a couple of pages glimpsed, and I went back to read attentively from the start.

I expected all the usual caveats. I expected a discussion of annual reports and means of understanding a corporation before applying. But Holstein had more. He had stories to tell.

I love stories. They teach effectively.

In the first chapter Holstein described how college professors in technical scientific areas, like biophysics, need investors who are willing to risk their venture capital on what look and sound like good ideas to them, and to other entrepreneurs, their friends. But there needs to be someone with management experience to first hook venture capitalists and highly skilled researchers up, and then to manage the setting up of an enterprise that can take the good ideas to fruition.

Holstein told in one chapter how this worked under the sponsorship of MIT. The university supplied a unit in which the work could take shape, a phsical place in which all the necessary people could gather to make the idea work, sponsored by university effort, support, and staff. The people came because they believed in the idea and wanted to make it work. And when it succeeded, the university had a minimal bit of stock and made its investment back

By the end of the chapter I had finally understood what a colleague, Peter, had meant when he said, "You're the only one of us who made a space for yourself in which you could survive." Peter was a Phi Beta Kappan (PBK) out of Stanford.
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