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America: What Went Wrong? Paperback – January 1, 1992
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I am not active in politics and sometimes find it hard even to keep straight who is red or blue, who is left or right, who is the elephant or the donkey (they are all asses) or who is conservative or liberal. What does interest me is how business has changed over my career that started as a factory apprentice in England in 1959 and saw me start my own business out of necessity at 64 years of age after being let go from a global company during a buyout. Barlett & Steele present a well documented story of events over the 70s and 80s showing the different steps that took place and how big business slowly took control of many levels of government and moved jobs to other countries not really to reduce prices but to reduce costs, improve their profits and then their remuneration. Understanding what happened over that length of time is not something that many people can grasp but it is very well documented and clear using both big picture descriptions and individual circumstances. It brings up many questions that could be asked of the present day government leaders and they should understand this history before they try to win over the electorate with little sound bites as they are trying to do right now as we become closer to the election. This book and the new one should be mandatory reading for all politicians and big business leaders. Then perhaps they may see how the new global economy is not what it's cracked up to be, especially for the 99%.
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David L. Bartlett and James B. Steele are Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporters for the `Philadelphia Inquirer' who...Read more