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Third World America by Arianna Huffington - Excerpt

Third World America by Arianna Huffington - Excerpt

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player. That the United States of America is in danger of becoming a third world nation.

The evidence is all around us:

Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.

And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation – that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.

It’s the dark flipside of the American Dream – an American Nightmare of our own making.

Arianna Huffington, who, with the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America, unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of America as an industrial, political, and economic leader. In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who’s killing the American Dream.

Finally, calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America’s DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do to stop our freefall and keep America from turning into a third world nation.

Third World America is a must-read for anyone disturbed by our country’s steady descent from 20th century superpower to backwater banana republic.

To read more about Third World America or Arianna Huffington please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that middle-class Americans are an endangered species and that the American Dream of a secure, comfortable standard of living has become as outdated as an Edsel with an eight-track player. That the United States of America is in danger of becoming a third world nation.

The evidence is all around us:

Our industrial base is vanishing, taking with it the kind of jobs that have formed the backbone of our economy for more than a century; our education system is in shambles, making it harder for tomorrow’s workforce to acquire the information and training it needs to land good twenty-first century jobs; our infrastructure—our roads, our bridges, our sewage and water, our transportation and electrical systems—is crumbling; our economic system has been reduced to recurring episodes of Corporations Gone Wild; our political system is broken, in thrall to a small financial elite using the power of the checkbook to control both parties.

And America’s middle class, the driver of so much of our economic success and political stability, is rapidly disappearing, forcing us to confront the fear that we are slipping as a nation – that our children and grandchildren will enjoy fewer opportunities and face a lower standard of living than we did.

It’s the dark flipside of the American Dream – an American Nightmare of our own making.

Arianna Huffington, who, with the must-read Huffington Post, has her finger on the pulse of America, unflinchingly tracks the gradual demise of America as an industrial, political, and economic leader. In the vein of her fiery bestseller Pigs at the Trough, Third World America points fingers, names names, and details who’s killing the American Dream.

Finally, calling on the can-do attitude that is part of America’s DNA, Huffington shows precisely what we need to do to stop our freefall and keep America from turning into a third world nation.

Third World America is a must-read for anyone disturbed by our country’s steady descent from 20th century superpower to backwater banana republic.

To read more about Third World America or Arianna Huffington please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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THIRD WORLD
AMERICA
HOW OUR POLITICIANS ARE ABANDONING THE MIDDLE CLASSAND BETRAYING THE AMERICAN DREAM
ARIANNAHUFFINGTON
CROWN PUBLISHERS
NEW YORK 
 
Copyright © 2010 by Arianna HuffingtonAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Crown Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. www.crownpublishing.com CROWN and the Crown colophon are registered trademarks of Random House, Inc.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataHuffington, Arianna StassinopoulosThird World America/Arianna Huffington. —1st ed.p. cm.1. United States—Economic policy—2009– 2. UnitedStates—Economic conditions—20093. United States—Socialpolicy—1993– 4. United States—Politics and government—2009– I. Title.HC106.84.H84 2010330.973—dc22 2010026871ISBN 978-0-307-71982-9
PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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malrubius reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Audiobook. Pretty good book. Humanizes the current recession, which the MSM only seems to gauge in terms of Wall St numbers, which no longer have anything to do with mainstream America. Offers ideas for solutions. Calls for accountability. More subversive than expected.
schatzi_5 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I've read several books about the recent recession and economic collapse, and this wasn't one of the best. I've heard most, if not nearly all, of the information presented here before; perhaps it would be a better read if you haven't read more than a book or two about the current economic climate. And Ms. Huffington spends a lot of time plugging her own site (I lost track of how many times the Huffington Post was mentioned). Still, the author is right: something has to be done, and soon. It's obvious to anyone that "trickle down economics" has failed spectacularly, and the middle class of America (as well as the poor) are suffering because of it. But I have too little faith in our politicians, and our society, to do anything to remedy the situation. We seem to be content, on a large part, to just bury our heads in the sand. It makes me afraid for our country.
ironicqueery reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I read this for a bookgroup I'm in. It wasn't a book I'd choose to read on my own, but it looked somewhat interesting so I thought I'd give it a go, on audiobook. The first half of the book was a big turn-off. It seemed like a big compilation of news events for the past several years. Not too many original ideas or stories, just sad stories about the middle class of America being pushed towards poverty and those who have money making even more. And Arianna Huffington promotes her own Web site entirely too much. The last third of the book focuses on solutions. I think this should have been the focus of the entire book. It would have been more original and intriguing to read. The solutions Huffington proposes aren't entirely stellar, but they do give food for thought. If this had been the entire focus of the book, perhaps it could have been developed even better.
bookworx reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Many good reasons to read this book, perhaps aloud in 12th grade as a cautionary tale. To remind that a Trickle Down economy is exactly what we have always had, operative words; Trickle + Down. No revelations here but plenty of apt summation, extrapolation and projection. Worth sharing with your children regardless of your net worth. Empathy, Resilience & Reinvention: New Hopes for the Middle Cast
jcbrunner reviewed this
Rated 1/5
What a great title and what a horribly lazy execution. This is essentially an undigested collection of Arianna Huffington's clipping files and bookmarks. She is even too lazy to check out the underlying sources of a media quote. Any sentient being who follows the news will learn nothing new in this book, which might as well be a prop to appear on talk shows.A real discussion about the idea of a Third World America would start with a recap of the origin of the First World (the West and its allies), Second World (Communist) and Third World (the rest) and its demise with the fall of the Communist dictatorships and George H. Bush's New World Order and Fukuyama's The End of History. The former sharp difference between Western democracies and Communist regimes gone, the internal complexity among the Western democracies has become the focus of world-wide attention.While the United States has always had some dark spots in its democratic record, it started to lose its beacon function as more and more of its failings and mishaps gained international notoriety, starting with the Florida recount.While the United States of America is falling further and further behind in many fields (education, health care, environment, human rights), an assessment and a discussion of how to reverse this slide towards a banana republic (not a Third World country) is extremely important. How this can be realistically done with even Arianna Huffington paradoxically chanting "greatest country in the world" remains a puzzle. I am not even sure whether this book helps the low information readers of the Huffington Post. Stay away.
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