UNLEASHING THE SECOND AMERICAN CENTURY by Joel Kurtzman

UNLEASHING THE SECOND AMERICAN CENTURY

Four Forces for Economic Dominance

KIRKUS REVIEW

Fasten your seat belts. If Kurtzman (Startups that Work: Surprising Research on What Makes or Breaks a New Company, 2005, etc.) is right, the American economy is fueled for an unprecedented takeoff into a new era of economic growth.

The author, former editor in chief of both Harvard Business Review and Strategy + Business, has little patience for the “doomsayers” and the “doomsday preppers” born of political negativity. Though he agrees that fearmongering is not a crime, he sets out to reassert America's immense strengths and bright future. Kurtzman assumes that the fuel for the coming economic surge will be provided by four transformational forces: 1) the continuing strengths of the country's manufacturing sector (still the world's largest and most productive); 2) the rapid approach of energy self-sufficiency; 3) the accumulation of around $5 trillion in the bank accounts of corporations and reserves of the banking system; 4) the promising future of collaboration among government, university research and the private sector (this may be the most intriguing to many readers). Kurtzman takes readers on a tour through the multiple world-class medical-research institutions that have set up shop in Boston, companies that exemplify how pioneering advances in medicine and medical technology are being made at a rapid rate. For decades, the author argues, America's manufacturing and economic strengths have been based on advanced research and the development of a strong educational infrastructure—e.g., Boston-based MIT. Now, that tripartite collaboration is producing a new generation of technology based on robotics, much of which will begin to nullify the cost advantage of outsourced labor. “For the United States, the future looks bright,” writes Kurtzman. “The country has abundant new sources of energy, high levels of creativity, the world’s largest manufacturing base—which is getting larger—and enough private capital to turn anyone’s plan into reality.”

Great booster writing offering many exciting possibilities for America’s future.

Pub Date: Feb. 11th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-61039-309-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2013




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