- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $4.90 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 10, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Special offers and product promotions
From Publishers Weekly
As head of the Consumer Electronics Association, first time author Shapiro might be described as a high-tech lobbyist, but readers hoping to learn about the latest innovations in the tech world are in for a disappointment. This is a book about policy, not technology, from an unabashed proponent of the conservative agenda. Shapiro begins with a fascinating personal anecdote from July 2008. He was in Qingdao, China when his Chinese counterpart, circumventing the tedious translation process, used a thumbs up-thumbs down gesture and said, in English, "China going up...U.S. going down." After initial outrage, Shapiro has come to agree. His prescription for success includes tried-and-true Republican remedies like curtailing the power of government and lowering corporate taxes. He opposes unemployment payments extension, subsidies of state liabilities, and "every increase in public pensions, Medicare, Social Security, and prescription drug and health-care coverage." Not only does he advocate raising the age of Social Security eligibility, but also instituting a means test. While his reflections on the introduction of digital technology are interesting, for the rest: caveat emptor. (Feb.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Like a losing coach on "Friday Night Lights," [Gary Shapiro] sets out to create a playbook for restoring the U.S. to economic pre-eminence. Mr. Shapiro focuses on innovation, which he argues is the nation's great competitive advantage, the source of American exceptionalism. It is easy to think of innovation as something that just happens, but it is in fact embedded in a social and political matrix. In "The Comeback" he details the policies that, he believes, will allow innovation to flourish. His recipe is a familiar one but not yet familiar enough to engage the preoccupied minds of warring political parties in Washington. Why is it that less government is the right answer in the U.S. while government is a critical driver of China's economic success? Perhaps he should make that the subject of his next book.
- Alan Murray, The Wall Street Journal
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Would recommend it.