- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown (3 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408702754
- ISBN-13: 978-1408702758
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.7 x 24.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Time To Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline Hardcover – 3 Apr 2012
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Edward Luce paints a highly disturbing picture of the state of American society, and of the total failure of American elites to come to grips with the real problems facing the country. It rises far above the current political rhetoric by its measured reliance on facts rather than canned ideological posturing to reach its conclusions (Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and The Origins of Political Order)
Time To Start Thinking is not only a wonderful tapestry of the current state of America, it provides a deeply insightful narrative of the origins of our current economic and political malaise. Ed Luce is a brilliant reporter who has spoken to everyone: CEOs and members of the cabinet, lobbyists and small town mayors, recent MBAs and unemployed teachers. In his acutely observed, often witty and very humane portraits he succeeds in converting the abstractions of economics and bringing them to life. This is is a book that will transform the way you think of America (Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression and the Bankers Who Broke the World)
'This book should be read by anyone who has an interest in the future of America, from perplexed bystanders in Europe to panicking policy makers in the White House. It is an eye opening account of a great nation grappling with the probability but not the inevitability of decline, beautifully and clearly written by a veteran observer who dissects his complicated subject with a mixture of insight, empathy and wit. Luce avoids the twin traps of adulation or revulsion that stunt so many books about America. Time to Start Thinking is a welcome and timely invitation to do just that (Matt Frei, Washington Correspondent for Channel 4)
The age of American global dominance is over. This brilliant new book from one of the FT's most senior writers shows how it ended and where the US needs to turn to prevent the crisis from deepening furtherSee all Product Description
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- the vanishing middle class
- Government and politics covers the last three chapters (almost half of the book)
To me, the most alarming issue was innovation, nevertheless the situation is not better with respect to the other topics.
Many books have been written about america's decline - most have been written before it was even a possibility - nevertheless, I feel the topics covered was right on the spot and very well documented. The analysis of the "tea party" movement and washington bureacracy are also very interesting - I believe especially for europeans.
If america's decline is a "lieu commun" for many people, its impacts threaten to be much more significant than the emergence of china, as The Kagan recent - and advised - "the World America Made" makes obvious.
The "olsonian nightmare" is the key explanation that Luce provides : Mancur Olson, the brilliant swedish economist that analysed the effect of vested interests on the economy (in his case, vested interests, were trade-unions in the UK). For Luce, Vested interests are dominating the politics and its inertia seem to be the dominant force ...
The book is not perfect :
- luce point repeatedly to the fact that Chinan invest huge amounts in infrastructure and america is not, as an example of decline but who said they need to invest the same % of GDP. America's infrastructure are far from perfect but China starts from a much lower point
- Also one might have the feeling that when interviewing people, the only question is "what"s bad in here ?Read more ›
A must-read also for U.K. citizens, as so many detrimental aspects of poltical/social/financial/educational issues raised in this book equally apply to what is increasingly evident here.
Edward Luce has done just that with this book. His topic (my prose) is “Seven things that are going wrong in America: Manufacturing, Education, Healthcare, the Federal Government, Polarization, the Permanent Election Campaign and the Death of the Entrepreneurial Spirit” to which he also adds “the missing middle.”
What makes the FT Big Read my favorite read of the day is pretty much what makes this book a mess: a format that works well for a one-page article begins to sag by the time you’re on page 50 and becomes downright annoying by page 280. Edward Luce has INCREDIBLE access and interviews a good 500 of the most important 1,000 Americans, but you, the reader, cannot possibly hope to remember what they all said. And you lose count of the many arguments that are made.
Also, this being a book, the author tends to sympathize a bit extra with what all his important interviewees have to tell him. The result is a 280 page long rant. Everything sucks in America, apparently. And everything was absolutely awesome a generation ago.
When I finished the book, I was fuming, basically. I was angry I’d spent my time reading this dense concatenation of quotes and comments and aghast at the paltry effort made to weave them all into a theme or story. Yes, I want to start thinking, but what are your thoughts, Mr. Luce?Read more ›
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enjoyed throughout . initially bought as background reading for a class, it actually became a good prompter into the American socioeconomic situation.Published 5 months ago by lewis
Well written by a professional and experienced commentator on the U.S.A. this book sets out a convincing case for the Americans to look critically at their great country.Published 21 months ago by Mike B
Well written and depressingly very illuminating. It paints a worrying picture and unfortunately confirms many of the concerns I have.Published 22 months ago by Neptune
I heard Edward Luce talk on START THE WEEK on R4. He was lucid, incisive and flustered his American fellow guests. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2013 by Filmfan
An excellent read. The author paints a disturbing picture of the state of American society today and the reasons why it's in this state.Published on 20 Nov. 2012 by Sandy
Unlike many books about the US, this book comes without an agenda. It is meticulously researched and very imformative. Read morePublished on 7 July 2012 by M.C.
Bought book on recommendation from Alastair Newton of Numura/New Labour, will update once I am through it. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2012 by KineticTomkat