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The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 10, 2011
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Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand how American can benefit from technology innovation. He not only explains this with great clarity, but he gives examples of how we as people, can do it. I'd give it 5 stars, but my one complaint is that at time Shapiro is a bit too general in his solutions (in a few parts). But given the book's length, I guess this isn't so much about specifics as it is about action.
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.Read more ›
But here's the problem - we have a policy-making community in Washington, DC that remains fixated on a Cold War view of America and its powers in a new global economy. It's time for a wake-up call: We won the Cold War, but the Wall fell over 20 years ago now and the world has changed. We can declare victory, but that no longer is good enough for us to continue to be the leader of the world by fiat - now we have to earn it the hard way, by competing!
It is time for all of us to wake up to the 21st Century and understand that there is a global economy out there that doesn't take any prisoners. That means we will have to compete in ways that none of us have had to in our lifetimes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book basically highlights why the author hates Barack Obama while also offering some good ideas on economic recovery, basically.Published on March 18, 2013 by Peter E. Wells
THIS BOOK HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH INNOVATION! It is about the author's very narrow political views. He is not an innovator, he is a lobbyist! HE IS PART OF THE PROBLEM! Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Creativity Sage
Pretty good. General. Well written. Informative. Interesting insights on what can be done and what challenges need to be overcome.
Would recommend it.
Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, has held a front row seat to many innovations in late 20th century and early 21st century America. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Paul Mastin
Let me first say that I am really worried about the future of America. The American Dream is in shams for so many millions of hard working people. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Josh Stine
I am a 20 years old college student who has many dreams, and thinks about his future. Unfortunately, the present economic situation in the United States has sadden me. Read morePublished on March 30, 2012 by Alvaro
Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro makes a clear, focused and unabashedly conservative case for his central themes: The United States can come back from its current... Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Rolf Dobelli
Yes, we need more innovation. This breezy op-ed by a lawyer isn't going to help get us there. It was fun to see how many times he contradicted himself though.Published on July 25, 2011 by Michael A. Dwyer
One would think that a book in which Innovation is the central theme would sparkle with original ideas and deep insight. Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Prakash Krishnaswamy