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Becoming China's Bitch: And Nine More Catastrophes We Must Avoid Right Now Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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A Manifesto for the Radical Center
America is frozen. We have failed to face our nation’s most crucial challenges—and we are about to pay the price.
When it comes to solving our country’s problems, we have become utterly paralyzed: bipartisanship has lulled us into a deadlock, preventing us from taking action. Yet we can no longer ignore the inevitable catastrophes or hand them off to Washington to fix—they must be addressed now, or we will suffer the long-term consequences.
In New York Times Bestseller, Becoming China’s Bitch, Peter Kiernan presents an unflinching manifesto in which he explores five factors that have sustained our national paralysis, then uncovers the ten challenges that pose the greatest threat to the future of America. Presented from a fresh yet informative Centrist perspective, these ten impending catastrophes include our semiconscious dependency on China, our lack of a centrally coordinated intelligence effort, our downward-spiraling health-care system, and the continually expanding problem of illegal immigration. In a logical, personal, and persuasive voice, Kiernan offers radical yet common-sense solutions to these challenges—solutions that every American must acknowledge and act upon before it’s too late.
With provocative insight and analytical depth, Becoming China’s Bitch is the answer to securing our country’s immediate future and restoring our national soul.
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I have taken my time to read and re-read many of the passages in this book. The appeal to history and dispassionate presentation of myriad examples and facts in support of later conclusions makes this book a revelation in a time when lazy authors routinely present their opinions as fact with scant justification for their often radically ill-informed views. His clinical review of the various corrupt ingredients that combine to serve Americans a sh** sandwich, could not come at a more important time. Self styled independents, can now begin to coalesce around a much more powerful ideology -- Radical Centricism (sp?) is a call to arms for logical people who have stood around and watched in horror and disgust as much of the progress America made in the post-war coming of age has been undone by partisan divide and conquer games aimed at self preservation rather than cultural elevation.
On a recent flight I was compelled to tell my neighbor about this book and its very timely presentation. Interestingly, I found that describing this book's message alone does not do it justice. My account quickly and naturally focused on its historical grounding but then also on the mesmerizing gate of the prose. Although Peter Kiernan has had ample opportunity to publically display his keen intellect, I was nonetheless unprepared for his incredible facility with the pen. The staccato presentation of tons of information is enthralling in that each section challenges the reader not just to follow along, but to engage with the fast and furious dialog - understand it, ponder its positioning and test support before moving on. It is quite a trick, and to consider that it is the work of a first time author with no ghost writer - well that is almost too much to behold!!
With this masterful book, Peter Kiernan singlehandedly begins to raise the level of political discourse in our country to levels not witnessed in a decade at least of war mongering, know nothing, faux patriotic, flag pin wearing, partisan, self interested garbage crony capitalism. It takes a great Capitalist to recognize that American capitalism is broken - Peter Kiernan by giving us his thoughts proves that he is that great type of capitalist! He is offering a new paradigm for the thinking class! Read it and pitch in to save our great nation from its own worst instincts.
His research goes well beyond the efforts of the current press core, a fourth estate that is constrained more and more by time limitations and short attention spans, to uncover the true bottom line of these critical issues so that solutions can be put forth that are grounded in common sense. From terrorism and terrorists motivations to China to K-street corruption you will begin to see a more defined and precise description of each and every problem.
I came away with a feeling that somewhere within our collective pride in who we are, there will emerge a person who can articulate these common sense "centrist" positions with enough conviction and leadership qualities that even the middle edges of the extreme sides begin to see the light. Leaders don't have to be heroes or legends in their own lifetimes, they have to have enough confidence in their vision to be willing to take the slings and arrows along the way.
Bottom line, Kiernan uses his knowledge of negotiation in a kind of predictive way in order to prove that the center is saleable to us. I, for one, would love to see someone attempt it. The problem is that of the 10 issues its hard to figure out where to start. Almost seems like the urgency laid out in the book precludes an initiation point. But hell, I'm an optimist. Someone please try.
I recommend this book for people who seek data and an objective portrail of reality. It avoids opinion and idealism, the two cancers that permeate all commercial media today. As the author mentions numerous times, he doesn't care what you think, or if you agree. His task is to review history and link cause and effect, using data, trends and experience. He advocates a radical center, an agressive movement towards cooperation and getting the right things done - now. Refreshingly objective.
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