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That Used to Be Us - How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back-logo

That Used to Be Us - How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

Thomas L. Friedman

America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them-and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They analyze the four challenges we face-globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption-and spell out what we need to do now to sustain the American dream and preserve American power in the world. They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China's educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which "that used to be us." They explain how the paralysis of our political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country urgently needs. And yet Friedman and Mandelbaum believe that the recovery of American greatness is within reach. They show how America's history, when properly understood, offers a five-part formula for prosperity that will enable us to cope successfully with the challenges we face. They offer vivid profiles of individuals who have not lost sight of the American habits of bold thought and dramatic action. They propose a clear way out of the trap into which the country has fallen, a way that includes the rediscovery of some of our most vital traditions and the creation of a new thirdparty movement to galvanize the country. That Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.

America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them-and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They analyze the four challenges we face-globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption-and spell out what we need to do now to sustain the American dream and preserve American power in the world. They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China's educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which "that used to be us." They explain how the paralysis of our political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country urgently needs. And yet Friedman and Mandelbaum believe that the recovery of American greatness is within reach. They show how America's history, when properly understood, offers a five-part formula for prosperity that will enable us to cope successfully with the challenges we face. They offer vivid profiles of individuals who have not lost sight of the American habits of bold thought and dramatic action. They propose a clear way out of the trap into which the country has fallen, a way that includes the rediscovery of some of our most vital traditions and the creation of a new thirdparty movement to galvanize the country. That Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.
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America is in trouble. We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them-and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations. In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They analyze the four challenges we face-globalization, the revolution in information technology, the nation's chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption-and spell out what we need to do now to sustain the American dream and preserve American power in the world. They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China's educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which "that used to be us." They explain how the paralysis of our political system and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country urgently needs. And yet Friedman and Mandelbaum believe that the recovery of American greatness is within reach. They show how America's history, when properly understood, offers a five-part formula for prosperity that will enable us to cope successfully with the challenges we face. They offer vivid profiles of individuals who have not lost sight of the American habits of bold thought and dramatic action. They propose a clear way out of the trap into which the country has fallen, a way that includes the rediscovery of some of our most vital traditions and the creation of a new thirdparty movement to galvanize the country. That Used to Be Us is both a searching exploration of the American condition today and a rousing manifesto for American renewal.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Mandelbaum, Jason Culp

Length:

7h 51m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:15


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:19


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:30


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:58


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:09


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:39


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:52


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:34


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:23


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:29


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:55


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:10


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:38


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:48


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:03


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:31


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:04


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:15


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:00


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:33


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:37


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

00:31