Summary of The Comeback

How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream

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The Comeback book summary
America is in decline. Does the country have what it takes to turn things around?


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Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro makes a clear, focused and unabashedly conservative case for his central themes: The United States can come back from its current weak economic position, and innovation is the key to success. Shapiro has been involved with innovation throughout his career and has a knack for boiling complex situations down to clear and enthusiastically right-leaning statements. Building more nuclear power plants might not be a very popular idea for a while after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, but the problems Shapiro mentions are definitely worth discussing even if you disagree with the solutions he proposes. getAbstract recommends this book to those interested in innovation and in Shapiro’s notions regarding how the US can effect economic recovery.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How innovation can help America achieve a comeback
  • What went wrong with the US economy
  • What government and private industry can do to help reinvigorate innovation


America in Decline
America is sinking compared to rising economies like China’s, in absolute economic, practical and even ethical terms. Personal responsibility once defined the American spirit, as represented by generations of people who sacrificed all they could so their kids might have...
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Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

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