In this New York Times best seller, Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, shows us how to return innovation to the center of America's economic policy.
America seems to be on a downward slide. Our government spends too much money; our economy creates too little; and we aren't preparing our children to compete in a global marketplace. Yet our politicians - Republican and Democrat alike - ust don't get it. While once-great cities fall into decay, Washington thrives, living off the hard work and tax dollars of the private sector. It's time for an American comeback - and it starts with innovation. Throughout its history, America's greatest innovators have been the drivers of our unsurpassed economic success. American innovation transformed a country of ragtag farmers into the epicenter of the world's technological progress. Innovation creates jobs, markets, and new industries where none existed before. Most importantly, innovation moves us forward as a nation, pushing us to succeed and strive for a better tomorrow. In short, innovation is the American Dream.
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So much potential, such a disappointment
The author has a background in technology. This book had so much potential to provide valuable lessons on innovation. Instead, the author never fails to take an opportunity to go on a political rant, giving occasional generic attacks against one party (
I would be reluctant to listen to Mr. Shapiro's future work, but would if I could be confident that it would not simply turn into another political rant.
I think the narrator's reading was fine...
Yes. If you ignore the political contradictions (he spends the first half of the book talking about how the government can't help innovation and is fundamentally harmful... then the latter parts of the book going over a bunch of things the government must do for us to be able to innovate) and political rants, then there are some interesting nuggets of information. They should just be the thrust of the book.
Innovate our way to survival
- Sam Motes