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Unleashing the Second American Century by Joel Kurtzman

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INTRODUCTION

“NO ONE EVER MADE A PLUGGED NICKEL BETTING AGAINST THE USA”

This book was conceived out of my frustration with the ill-informed statements made by so many of the candidates for office during the 2012 election cycle. It’s not the first time people have made erroneous assessments regarding the United States and its prospects. Almost from the start there were politicians and pundits who counted us out. But during those recent campaigns—the national one for the presidency as well as ones conducted on the state and local level—we heard claim after claim that our best days were behind us. One phrase in particular—“We don’t make anything ...

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