That Can Be Us By Thomas Friedman And Michael Mandelbaum

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That Used to be Us by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum discusses the four major challenges that the United States faces, globalization, the IT revolution, chronic deficits, and energy consumption. The authors also give plausible solutions to the problems facing America and stress the point that if something is not done now then the United States will face the consequences. Is the American Century Over? by Joseph Nye argues that the American century is not over, and gives scenarios of possible consequences for America’s actions. He also gives a few countries that could possible take over as the world’s leading country. Both books argue that America has serious problems that it is facing today, and that if they are not addressed it could lead to the downfall of the United States. Friedman and Mandelbaum are both “frustrated optimists” of America 's future (7). They know the potential American has, and that it is filled with creative talented and hardworking people that can accomplish almost anything if they work together (Friedman and Mandelbaum, 8). At the same time, they are frustrated because they discovered that “many of those people feel that our country is not educating the workforce they need, or admitting the energetic immigrants they seek, or investing in the infrastructure they require, or funding the research they envision, or putting in place the intelligent tax laws and incentives that our competitors have installed” (Friedman and Mandelbaum, 8). American

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