"All I can say is `excellent.' It is wonderfully written, expertly researched, and convincingly presented."---Allen J. Morrison, Professor of Management, INSEAD
"This book is bold, controversial, and thoroughly stimulating."---Charles Doran, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of International Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
"Lament for America will unsettle both the left and the right, and thus should be required reading for conservatives, liberals, and moderates alike."---David E. Campbell, John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
"Essayists have predicted American decline since the founding, but rarely with as much evidence and insight as Earl Fry...whether you accept his thesis or not, this book is important to read, and read carefully."---Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow, The Hudson Institute
"[Fry's] carefully reasoned proposals for an `American renewal' should engage all civic-minded citizens who care about the state of our democracy."---Steven P. Erie, professor of political science, University of California, San Diego
"[It] is a clarion call for reform based on the spirit of openness and innovation that inspired the creators of the Great Republic and that has remained the essential ingredient of American vitality and resilience."---Colin Robertson, Former Canadian diplomat and frequent commentator on Canada-U.S. relations
Lament for America explores the major challenges to the status of the United States as a world superpower. In delving into the fundamental question of whether or not a relative decline is inevitable, the author recognizes that the changes faced over the next few decades will be more rapid and transformational than at any other period in American history. Lament for America offers concrete recommendations for renewal in areas such as defense policy, health care, education, and the environment, and serves as a useful guide to understanding how decisions will shape both the U.S. and global landscapes.
Acknowledgements Preface No Superpower Is Too Big to Fail Beltway Follies Domestic Fault Lines: Indebtedness and Inequities Domestic Fault Lines: The Comfort Zone of Mediocrity An Unsustainable U.S. Foreign Policy The First Major External Challenge to America's Superpower Status: The Rise of Competitor Nations An Emerging External Threat to America's Superpower Status: The Combination of Globalization, Technology Change, and Creative Destruction America's Strengths and a Plan for Renewal The United States in 2050 Notes Bibliography Index