“Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It is time to start thinking.” Sir Ernest Rutherford, winner of the Nobel Prize in Nuclear Physics
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In Time to Start Thinking
, Edward Luce offers an incisive and highly engaging account of America’s economic and geopolitical decline. The Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times
for the last four years, Luce has traveled the country interviewing public officials like Lawrence Summers and Senator Don Riegle, and business leaders including Jeff Immelt and Bill Gates, as well as teachers, health care workers, and scientists.
Luce’s research, analysis, and reporting cover areas from education to health care to politics to business and innovation. He frames the issues historically, comparing America today to Britain in the early-twentieth century, when U.S. inventors developed the light bulb and the internal combustion engine, usurping Britain’s position as the center of research and development. As a result, Britain lost its place at the top of the world’s pecking order. Today, the same situation is evolving in America: Chinese and Korean scientists and innovators are becoming increasingly competitive with those in America, and companies like IBM and General Electric now employ more people outside the United States than inside it. The state of domestic politics is just as dire.
In what may be the smartest book yet on why and how America is broken, Luce offers a critical, nonpartisan analysis of the issues facing America today and a renowned journalist’s report on a country in economic, social, and political crisis