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Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region (Stanford General Books) Hardcover – February 9, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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"Los Angeles is a great meritocracy. You can come here from any background and be successful. Jim Flanigan's historical account of Southern California's evolution as an economic powerhouse captures the region's entrepreneurial spirit and hints at its even more promising global future in the 21st century." Eli Broad, founder of KB Home, SunAmerica and The Broad Foundations
"From Greenspan to 'Going Green', Jim Flanigan takes a candid look at what makes Southern California's people and economy tick. In particular, Flanigan takes a candid look at the new Chinese-Americans shaping the economic and cultural landscape here and around the world. If all roads lead to Southern California, the new Silk Road starts here."
Dominic Ng, Chief Executive, East West Bancorp.
"Flanigan gives an informed sense of key transformations in both SoCal's economy and international trade attendant on developments in communications technology...this is a valuable explication of the meaning and challenges of 'globalization' for the region and the U.S. generally." Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
Finding a book with facts and personal success stories which point to a positive economic future for California is really a pleasant breath of clean and fresh air.
I was enthralled by Mayor Reardon's comments and the rest of the book is just as interesting and full of uplifting observations about our beloved California. Hooray for Flanigan and his huge smile! This book radiates with a warmth, understanding and respect for our times as no other
book I have found. Read it and share the good news with others.
Flanigan fails to point out two advantages that the United States and therefore Southern California have over competing cities like Mexico City, Beijing and Seoul is that we have high regard for the rule of law and a high degree of meritocracy.
Flanigan writes in the factual style of a newspaper reporter. His writing is excellent and his example are full off hope. If you want to see the positive side of immigration, globalization, automation, outsourcing and the economy in general; read this book and smile,
We are the great Country. We are in a Global Economy. We will survive and achieve more success in this Global
ecomomy. Stories in Flanigans Book are so uplifting. Good read.
Despite its amusing title, the book is a serious examination of how the dramatic growth of trade with Asia has shifted Southern California to the center of the nation's world trade activity. But the dramatic shift in goods and services, from east to west, is only part of the story, as a diverse wave of successful immigrants and a reservoir of local technology has created a booming group of entrepreneurs that have transformed many of the world's industries.
Flanigan analyzes how the decline of highly visible major corporations, such as the aerospace firms that once dominated Southern California, unleashed a talented pool of scientists and engineers to pioneer new industries, such as cellular telephones, and internet based businesses. Adding to the mix is the region's long standing leadership in movie industry imagination and graphics, which has re-invented itself to supply the infrastructure for Southern California's leadership in electronic games.
He discusses a largely unseen booming economy that exists below the radar of the large corporations, such as automobile manufacturing and steel, which in the past, but no longer, were the visible measures of a region's economic power.
For the skeptic who might think that the book is an example of local boosterism, Flanigan supplies an overwhelming number of specific examples to buttress his study.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems to have been written by a geezer reporting on how the world has passed him by. And the book is already horribly dated. Read morePublished on November 5, 2009 by T. Godfrey
James Flanigan provides a fascinating look at the entrepreneurs and visionaries at the core of California's economy, while at the same time being as enjoyable and readable as a... Read morePublished on June 6, 2009 by Ivette Reyes
Amidst so much negativity in most of what I come in contact with, I found Mr. Flanigan's book a real treasure. Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Bill Svarda
What a great introduction to SoCal. The book reads quickly... Flanigan's style is to-the-point and full of interesting facts, lore, and insights!Published on March 2, 2009 by Michael S. Brophy