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The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream Hardcover – January 10, 2011
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"- Alan Murray, The Wall Street Journal"
- Publisher : Beaufort Books; First edition (January 10, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0825305624
- ISBN-13 : 978-0825305627
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.12 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,137,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It took some time for Gary to get over the comments but he later came to realize the United States is falling further and further behind other countries and it's starting to have an impact on a national level. This book sets out to frame those problems by describing what America does best: create entrepreneurs and innovate and what it needs to work on: immigration, education, free trade, government spending, health care and a national energy plan. Gary provides data and examples of the problems and then outlines some solutions for the problems in practical and political terms.
I purchased The Comeback after I went to CES in Las Vegas. Gary Shapiro is president of the Consumer Electronic Association which runs CES. During one of the first days I saw him moderate a forum with a number of high profile executives about the problems they see operating in the world and within the U.S. It was an interesting global perspective and I figured this book would elaborate on that perspective.
Gary sites some interesting statistics to backup his positions on fixing America. For example he believes foreign students, who come here to get the best college education in the world, should be given citizenship. He references a study that says people who immigrate to the U.S. are 60% more likely to start their own companies than people born here. That's a pretty incredible figure. He also proposes that most of the students in America's top medical schools are foreign born and that we are dumb for forcing these bright minds to leave. We educate them and we should keep their talent.
However most of the issues brought up aren't new. The majority of solutions he provides are middle of the road in political terms. He takes a typical business point of view to politics: small government, lower taxes (we have the 2nd highest corporate tax rate in the world), free trade, not enough talented / skilled people, let any company fail no matter what, etc. In my opinion he greatly overuses the newest buzz word "Innovation". Overall this book is a quick and interesting read but not earth shattering.
If you are looking to get some insight on what REAL changes we need to make NOW to get the US back on coarse pick up the book. It's a good airplane read and will definitely leave you with a mixed bag of feelings and no less than a handful of good ideas.
If you are in the technology space this is should be required reading.
Consumed in any order, The Comeback is a great complement to another terrific book Winner-Take-All Politics . I would encourage you to read both.
Through his long-standing position as CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association and its annual International Consumer Electronics Show, Shapiro has had a cat-bird seat on how technology and innovation have improved our lives and productivity. In The Comeback, Shapiro builds upon these experiences, laying out a roadmap of common sense recommendations that should be "must reading" by our government officials and policy makers, tackling such challenges as reducing our deficit, empowering small businesses, promoting greater emphasis on math and science education, relaxing immigration restrictions on scientists and engineers, reallocating U.S. spectrum for wireless purposes, and transforming our health care system through technological innovation and know-how.
While one may not agree with every one of Shapiro's recommendations, each of these issues must be tackled as soon as possible, and Shapiro's views should at minimum help shape the debate and foster consensus solutions. Delay simply is no longer an option.