Make It in America

  • by Andrew N. Liveris
  • Narrated by Dick Hill
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We used to make things in this country. We were the dazzling innovators, the undisputed world economic leaders, and with our manufacturing engine driving the process, we built a solid, high-achieving middle class and a thriving economy. Now, thanks to policies that are either indifferent - or downright hostile - to manufacturing, we're at the brink of losing it all. If you think this won't affect you, guess again.
In Make It in America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy, author Andrew N. Liveris presents a powerful case for the critical importance of domestic manufacturing to the long-term health of the entire U.S. economy and issues a candid wake-up call to America to reinvent its manufacturing base before it's too late.
If anyone has street cred on this subject, it's Liveris. Currently chairman and CEO of the Dow Chemical Company, one of the world's largest manufacturers and of the most global corporations, he's been on the global manufacturing stage for over 30 years. In this thought-provoking book, Liveris challenges conventional wisdom and, using vivid examples from around the globe, makes clear that:

Manufacturing matters - more than ever before. Not all sectors are created equal. Manufacturing can create jobs and wealth to a degree that the service sector can't match.
The Rust Belt, it turns out, isn't so rusty. Twenty-first-century manufacturing means solar cells for your home, batteries for your hybrid car, the touch screen on your smart phone, and the e-ink in your Kindle.
Government's got to get engaged. Liveris argues it's a false choice to claim that you must be either pro-business or pro-government. Globalization has changed the equation, and governments all over the world are working in partnership with - and taking action on behalf of - their leading industries. Why isn't America? Liveris sees where America is losing ground - from innovation to job creation - and explains how we can take back our future.

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What the Critics Say

"Andrew Liveris has produced a well-written and timely book that deserves wide circulation. Everyone concerned with America's economic difficulties should read it." (The Washington Examiner)

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Politicians Should Read This!

Finally, a CEO explains in plain english why manufacturing jobs are necessary for America's economy and what the government can do to help create them.

And no, it's not the high cost of labor!

The author explains how higher productivity of American workers actually saves companies time and money. It's all the complex and inconsistent regulations that very from state to state that hold companies back. Business leaders have to plan for the long term, so tax credits that only offer temporary relief are just not enough. Other countries use long term incentives to get companies to build their factories there, but the US govement just doesn't get it. I wish all lawmakers would read this and put more effort into creating a system that encourages business leaders from all over the world to build their factories here.

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- Nichelle

Corporate welfare

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The title of the should be "Corporate Welfare". To summarize you need to give tax incentives, subsidizes, free land etc. or companies will leave for foreign countries because they bribe the US companies better than the US. So fork over the money US or we will leave and let you rot.


Would you recommend Make It in America to your friends? Why or why not?

If you are liberal you will love this book because he loves to quote Kennedy and mentions FDR several times.


Did Dick Hill do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He did a great job of reading the book. The only thing missing was an Aussie accent.


Could you see Make It in America being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Shoe this right after Atlas Shrugged.


Any additional comments?

I agree with many items but I get tired of his advertisements for Dow. I totally disagree with his alternative energy point of view. We should be spending money on natural gas infrastructure as opposed to solar and wind. Neither of witch will be the future other than maybe 15% of the total US demand. He just wants Dow to be subsidized for producing solar shingles.

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- Frank

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio