Third World America

Third World America

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Random House, Inc.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player.  That the United States of America is in danger of becoming a third world nation.
 
The evidence is all around us:
 
Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.
 
And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation – that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.
 
It’s the dark flipside of the American Dream – an American Nightmare of our own making.
 
Arianna Huffington, who, with the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America, unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of America as an industrial, political, and economic leader.  In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who’s killing the American Dream.
 
Finally, calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America’s DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do to stop our freefall and keep America from turning into a third world nation.
 
Third World America is a must-read for anyone disturbed by our country’s steady descent from 20th century superpower to backwater banana republic.

Baker & Taylor
A critical assessment of America's current economic prospects cites such factors as a shift away from manufacturing, a failing educational system, and the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries, arguing that future generations will be facing a devastating lack of opportunities.

Book News
In this polemical work, Huffington (cofounder and editor in chief of the website Huffington Post) warns that the United States, with its crumbling infrastructure, dwindling manufacturing base, failing school system, and money-dominated political system, is in danger of turning into "Third World America." She catalogues these and other problems, arguing that the American middle class is in danger of disappearing if significant reform to the democratic system and the economy fail to occur. She also addresses some of the ways individuals can begin to address these problems through voluntarism and through using online resources to network with each other in order to press for change. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
"A voice of conscience in a time when we need conscience more than ever... Arianna Huffington is right: it's not too late for citizens to wake up politicians of to take matters into their own hands. Time is short: read this book now."ùElizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School professor and author of The Two-Income Trap

"Luckily for Congress, the White House, and corporate America, no one reads anymore, because if people discover this book, America will become a very different place."ùBill Maher, Host of Real Time with Bill Maher

"Restoring the values that have made America strong-a thriving middle class and a sense of basic fair play-are of crucial importance to all Americans, left and right. Third World America is a powerful plea for our country to wake up so that we can change course-before it's too late."ùJoe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe

"Politicians talk endlessly about 'protecting the middle class,' yet, over the last thirty years, the middle class has taken a relentless pounding. In precise, graphic, and shocking terms that will bring the crisis home to everyone, Arianna Huffington explains why: special interests have become too powerful, money dominates our politics... The national spirit that builds America lies in tatters. Turning this situation around will require strong new leadership. How long will that take? That depends on you-read this book and push hard for change."ùSimon Johnson, Professor of economics at MIT Sloan School of Management and coauthor of 13 Bankers

"Arianna Huffington is one of the very few people in America committed to say things the way they are and to expose the monstrous elephants in the room ignored by the dominant discourse. Even rarer, she does so in a lively, engaging, and, mostly, charming way."ùNassim Nicholas TALEB, author of The Black Swan

"Blending outrage and optimism- indignation at how america's crony capitalists have wrecked the nation's great middle class, and unremitting hope that our people will rise and put things right-she explains what's happened and what must be done. Here, clearly, is a book for our times."ùRobert B. Reich, professor of public policy, University of California, Berkeley, and former U.S. secretary of labor

"An alarming account of the plight of the American middle class."ùJoseph Stiglitz, professor of economics at Columbia University and Nobel Prize laureate

It's not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player. The United States of America is in danger of becoming a Third World nation.

The evidence is all around us: Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow's workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first-century jobs; our infrastructureùroads, bridges, water, and electrical systemsùis crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.

And America's middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nationùthat our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.

It's the dark flipside of the American Dreamùan American Nightmare of our own making.

Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America and unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of the nation as an industrial, political, and economic leader. In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who's killing the American Dream.

Calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America's DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do to stop our free fall and keep our country from turning into a Third World nation.

Third World America is required reading for anyone who is disturbed by our country's steady descent from twentieth-century superpower to backwater banana republic.

Baker
& Taylor

A critical assessment of America's current economic prospects cites such factors as a shift away from manufacture, a failing education system and the outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries, arguing that today's children will be facing a devastating lack of opportunities. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307719829
0307719820
Branch Call Number: 330.973 HUFFI

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StarGladiator
Oct 31, 2013

A confusing book, by a confusing person, who was a short time back a conservative, but now claims to be a "liberal" (oh really?). Practises censorship on her web site, seeking to keep it as vanilla as possible for advertising revenues, sold her site awhile back, pocketing all the money and spreading none of it around to the major contributors, raves about books like "The Shadow Elite" by a relatively conservative academic (George Mason University) which is really a misdirectional type book (look over there, don't look closer at hand). America is already a third world nation, and Arianna, as usual, is way behind the curve, either purposely or incompetently.

thart Mar 25, 2013

Read for "Real World Reads" non-fiction book club at Crystal Lake Public Library for March 2013. The woman is a genius, I am ready to elect her right now! A lot of what is in this book I have been saying for years, and I was very surprised. I thought this was one of this years book club reads that I was not going to like when I read the title. I do not know much about her, but I will start paying attention to her now and I will start looking at The Huffington Post online. I thought she was spot-on about the issues, how they arose, and had some very smart ideas on how to fix the mess. I found her willing to poke at people on both sides of the aisle in Washington, but more importantly, she looked at the root causes of the issues and not just the symptoms. She did not spend all of her time blaming politicians but looked at the key figures, organizations, banks, and other factors that are the real causes. I think every politician needs to read this book and every voter as well: we elect them, they should speak for us and act in our interests, not in the interests of lobbyists and corporations. The book club discussion was energetic and the book gave us some great jumping-off points for some great discourse on these serious issues.

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JohnFDavidson
Jan 19, 2011

Arianna has done a good job of explaining problems in the US. Income inequality, with a bought Congress. The rich exploit the poor in many ways and are short sighted. She does offer some solutions that boil down to the masses need to get educated and organized. Points to websites of movements to take money out of politics which will not happen unless many more people wake up to how they are being used against their best interests. Her website, Huffington Post is one of my favorites, but often gets carried away with expecting more of those who are basically on the same side. Certainly gives a good perspective on the current situation and it is up to the readers to move closer to solutions instead of just complaining.

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Dec 21, 2010

The decline of the middle class is a serious problem for the US, but some of the advice in this book fringes on left wing wishful thinking

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