Friedman, Thomas L and Michael Mandelbaum (2011) That Used to Be Us: How America fell behind in the world it invented and how we can comeback. Farrar, Straus and Girous: New York, NY.
This is Friedman's lament about how the United States lost its leadership and what we should do to gain it back. He explains how we unraveled public/private partnerships on the 5 pillars of society:
- Public education
- Government supported research and development
- Regulations on private economic activity.
He lays out four challenges:
- Adapt to globalization
- Adapt to the IT revolution
- Budget deficit
He sees our political process being the root of our inability to take effective action. In the end, his major recommendation is for a serious independent candidate. He does not expect this person to win, but this person could reveal the problems with both party platforms and change the debate.