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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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“Peter Kiernan cut[s] through what he saw as partisan gridlock.”—The New York Times
“Ambitious! . . . Peter Kiernan is a badass.” —Business Insider
“A rocket-fueled ride . . . very thought provoking.” —CNBC Power Lunch
“Peter Kiernan is a tough guy.” —Chris Matthews, Hardball with Chris Matthews
“This is an important book.” —Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe
“Sure to stand out.” —Foreign Policy
“Brilliant.” —Dennis Miller, Dennis Miller Radio
“A great read . . . fascinating stuff. Even if you don’t agree with Peter . . . at least it’s an adult conversation—and you don’t get that a lot.” —The Roe Conn Show
“[Peter has] laid out so many convincing arguments about the polarization in this country. . . . very compelling.” —The Hays Advantage, Bloomberg
“Thought provoking . . . a new concept in this decade.” —Sly in the Morning
“Peter Kiernan’s energy is incandescent. Should there ever be a problem . . . they could hook Peter up and get power to light New York.” —Meryl Streep
About the Author
Peter D. Kiernan, New York Times Bestselling Author and former partner at Goldman Sachs, is chairman of his own venture firm and founding Board Member of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. He also serves as an advisor to various corporations, banks, firms, and government officials. A graduate of Darden School at University of Virginia where he earned an MBA, Kiernan has appeared on CNN and The Today Show. He lives in Greenwich, CT.
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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.
In a world in continous evolution, Kiernan tries to find some basic situations for giving a new role to the American policy. What born is a model with several faces, often different one with the other, but only in the long period we can have a global vision.
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The writing is awful.Read more