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The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America's Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing Paperback – June 26, 2012
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-Steven Hill, Author of Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way Is the Best Way in an Insecure Age
"An eye-opening and revealing analysis of what America needs to do to remain great. This fact-based examination is grounded in unbiased data."
-Rom Brafman, Coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
"This book is a wake-up call to anyone who wishes our country to prosper."
-Paul Pierson, Professor of political science, University of California, Berkeley, and coauthor of Winner-Take-All Politics
"A thorough assessment of how the United States stacks up in comparison with other affluent democracies, Measure of a Nation provides a sober picture of today and a wealth of evidence and ideas to contribute to a brighter tomorrow. Studying the successes, as well as the failures, of America’s ‘peer nations’ can give us fresh ideas for the social and economic challenges of the twenty-first century."
-Sarah Burd-Sharps, Coauthor of the Measure of America series and codirector of the American Human Development Project
"A persuasive and pointed analysis that holds up a mirror to America’s entrenched interests and capacity for self-deception. It exposes directly how much error and plain falsehood is found in current political and media discourse on matters of fundamental importance."
-Ambassador Richard Butler, Distinguished Scholar of International Peace and Security, Pennsylvania State University
"Friedman has assembled a provocative set of data that will help policy makers, business leaders, and others interested in America’s future better understand America’s relative strengths and weaknesses. I hope Friedman’s analysis will spark a clear-eyed, less ideological conversation about the many policy choices that lay ahead."
-Peter Schnall, Chief risk officer, Capital One
"[T]his book is not just another one of hundreds of books making recommendations about what the U.S. should be doing. … Friedman explains clearly and convincingly, writes engagingly and laces his text with personal examples. … Friedman’s recommendations are specific and feasible. …it’s thought-provoking, and good reading.” --Jared Diamond, author of The World Until Yesterday; Guns, Germs, and Steel; and Collapse
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1. Health care. The best overall view of this subject I have read. He points out where we are falling down in comparison to our closest competitor countries and addresses both the delivery of services but also the costs. I had not thought of several of his major points and conclusions and I have to say I was very enlightened by it.
2.Education (again this is from memory - I have already sent the book to a friend to read) . Great statistical analysis and comparison. He again points out how we compare with other similar nations and how we need to make improvements. I did think he gave a bit too little thought to how free market solutions might work, but no book is perfect. The author is no libertarian. If I had written the book I would have talked at length about possible free market solutions. This was not done here. But he did point out the biggest issue we have with our current public schools.
3. Crime and punishment. I have had a very close family member murdered by a handgun. The author points out the absurd situation in the United States where we have assault weapons and vast amounts of handguns in the hands of virtually anyone. His solution is well thought out and would be my solution of the possible ones. He also discusses at length our population of incarcerated citizens compared to the other nations closest to us.Read more ›
rather, bickering) heads and gives it back to reasoning (and
reasonable) people. It presents a data and fact-based--but still
passionate--argument for fundamental change in America's approach to
our most precious rights and responsibilities.
From my work in conflict and post-conflict zones, I know that one of
our biggest weaknesses is measuring effectiveness. Finding the right
metrics to indicate whether our policies and programs are working or
not is just as much a problem at home as it is in international
development work. "Measure of a Nation" offers an answer to this
challenge, pulling together a collection of measurements that can help
us not only evaluate our system, but also improve it.
Friedman describes the book as "an inexpensive trip abroad." That
image perfectly captures the sense of this study. Reading the
comparisons between the education, health, and governance approaches
of our major competitor nations gave me the same feeling that I get
from traveling, or from sitting down to dinner with a group of people
from different countries. There is a feeling of excitement and of
possiblity when confronted with a new option or approach that I had
never considered, but that people in other countries take for granted.
My work regularly brings me into contact with people from around the
world who are equally surprised by the choices Americans have made on
our most important issues. What they do not know is that often we are
not making a conscious choice between all the options, because of our
lack of awareness of the alternatives that other nations have used.Read more ›
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This is a beautiful book but only if you want to measure performances of nations based on western thought processes, it lacks the necessary component of spiritual measure of a... Read morePublished on January 19, 2014 by Father of two
As a kid growing up in middle America, I always heard the same story: there are other countries in the world, but the U.S. is the best at pretty much everything. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Phillip Bastian
Using data and facts, this book makes it very clear that American exceptionalism is a myth. America lags behind most of the developed world by several standards, including... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Daryl
The issues, or "measures", here are health, safety, education, democracy, and equality.
The introduction makes three points. 1. The US is different from other countries. 2. Read more
Best in-depth review of America and its position on politics,health, education ,defense the economy and gun control that we have read.Published on June 16, 2013 by Judy Viney
Measure of a Nation is incredibly informative and highly digestible. I've never been so compelled by statistics! Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Matthew D Rocker
Based on data and analyses, Friedman's recomendations should be part of the national debate to change the Government and Corporate culture of our country.Published on March 16, 2013 by Righteous
In the introduction to the book the author tries to set the scene for an objective data driven comparison of the US with some competitor nations. Read morePublished on March 3, 2013 by Dmitri Petrov
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Read it based on a recommendation by Jared Diamond.Published on February 21, 2013 by edwin p mcclain