Is it really so bad to be American?
“Faith in America’s promise is at the heart of America’s story”.
There’s not much evidence of that faith in Edward Luce’s epic analysis of “America and the Spectre of Decline”. But as the title has it, “Time to Start Thinking”. Right now, Obama and the Republicans aren’t thinking, but fighting over the looming fiscal cliff. Luce urges them to the long view. By 2020, China might overtake the USA as the world’s biggest economy.
It’s an excellent read: clear, crisp, packed full of original interviews. It matters, because as Luce quotes Samuel Huntingdon, America “can only be a disappointment because it is also a hope”.
The book focusses on three key disappointments – in manufacturing, innovation, and education. Continue reading