ISBN 9781408703588,That Used To Be Us : What Went Wrong with America - And How It Can Come Back. by Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum

That Used To Be Us : What Went Wrong with America - And How It Can Come Back. by Thomas L. Friedman, Michael Mandelbaum



Little, Brown Book Group

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9781408703588

ISBN-10 1408703580


Number of Pages 400 Pages
Language (English)

General & world history

That Used To Be Us: What Went Wrong With America - And How It Can Come Back is a book that talks about the current situations in America and the crises that it faces. The argument in the book is divided into two parts, one outlining and analyzing the problems and the other suggesting possible solutions to right the wrong. America, at present, faces chiefly four challenges and somehow it is failing to meet these. The authors of the book outline these four challenges that are namely globalization, revolution in information technology, the nation's deficits, and its patterns of energy consumption. On solving these problems, the nation can then go on to discover its powers and prowess for a better and brighter future. The authors explain how with the end of the cold war, America had totally lost sight of these problems and has never attempted to solve these. For the answers to 'What went wrong with America?', the authors search American history and find explanations of how the US political system and the erosion of American values is responsible for the current condition. Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum are the joint authors of the book. Friedman is a three time Pulitzer Prize winner who regularly writes for The New York Times. His subjects are generally foreign affairs and global trade. Some of his renowned works are From Beirut to Jerusalem, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, and The World Is Flat: A Brief History of The Twenty-first Century. Mandelbaum is the Director of the American Foreign Policy program at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. Some of his works are The Nuclear Question: The United States and Nuclear Weapons, Reagan and Gorbachev, and The Fate of Nations: The Search for National Security in the 19th and 20th Centuries.