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Reality Check: The Unreported Good News About America Hardcover – July 29, 2008
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The price of oil is skyrocketing. The housing market has collapsed--and so has the dollar. Every day brings a new story about how America's economy is about to sink--how the future belongs to the emerging economies of China and India. But guess what? America isn't on the brink of collapse. In fact, if anything, America's economy is poised for a resurgent future. If you thought the media were only telling you half the story, you were right. In their provocative new book, Reality Check: The Unreported Good News about America, authors Dennis Keegan and David West redress the media balance. In Reality Check you'll learn the facts the liberal media don't want you know. Did you know, for instance, that:
* since 2001 the U.S. economy's increase has been larger than the entire economy of China
* the federal deficit is lower now, as a percentage of the Gross Domestic Product, than it was during the 1990s, 1980s, and 1970s
* the real villain in high gas prices is taxes
* personal income has risen by 12.1 percent over the last seven years
and that's just scratching the surface. If you want to know the real state of the Union, Reality Check is essential reading.
About the Author
David W. West is Founder and CEO of Civicom, an advanced telecom and web-conferencing services company. He is the former general manager of a division of Nestlé, the world's largest food company, where he championed a number of highly successful new businesses. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School where he received the 2005 "Making a Difference" Award for his pioneering work in corporate philanthropy.
Top Customer Reviews
Also by way of disclosure, I went to college with, and was friends with, author Dennis Keegan at UCLA and we both served in the US Army in Germany in the late 1970s. Both of us were tank commanders during that time.
For example, during most of the Bush Administation (of which I am no great fan, I state by way of disclosure), the media has incessantly informed the citizenry that the United States is in recession, with dangerously high unemployment, anemic job creation, and an economy that is losing competitiveness to other countries. Only problem is--this is not so. The authors present statistics that show that the US ranks in the top five countries for GDP growth during most of the past eight years (dropping to number 12 during 2007 only, as the unwinding of the mortgage lending and housing bubble takes a toll). Average GDP growth of the American economy also must be viewed, as the authors point out, in light of what it is that is growing--many economies that have higher growth than America are relatively small. Put in context, during the last eight years the growth component alone of the American economy is larger than the *entire* Chinese economy.Read more ›
The topics are packaged one-to-a-chapter so you can digest an issue at a time. The authors leave out the more baroque analytics which make economics inaccessible or dry to some people, but they know how to zero-in on the key facts. I found myself repeatedly saying: "I didn't know that!"
As well,it is informational and easily readable for anyone who wants to understand basic economics and how they relate to our personal world. Reality Check is definitely worth the time it takes to read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally! Someone has written a fact based book about the economic engine of America. Both of these authors undertook this endeavor due to the poor teaching and erroneous... Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by R. Ayers
The right way to think about anything is through critical analysis and reasoning. The authors of Reality Check have taken that approach, and it is an excellent read. Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Bruce R. Tuomala
In a time when the availability of an unprecedented number of sources does not assure accuracy of information, this fully documented and comprehensive coverage of the key issues... Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by William E. Haynes