The Fix by Jonathan Tepperman
How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline

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Though the book is not long, Tepperman goes into impressive detail in each case study and delivers his assessments in clear, pared-down prose, careful to describe most of his success stories as experiments that could still fail.
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A provocative look at the world’s most difficult, seemingly ineradicable problems—and the surprising stories of the countries that solved them.
 
We all know the bad news. The heady promise of the Arab Spring has given way to repression, civil war, and an epic refugee crisis. Economic growth is sputtering. Income inequality is rising around the world. And the threat of ISIS and other extremist groups keeps spreading. We are living in an age of unprecedented, irreversible decline—or so we’re constantly being told.
        Jonathan Tepperman’s The Fix presents a very different picture. The book reveals the often-overlooked success stories, offering a provocative, unconventional take on the answers hiding in plain sight. It identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamist extremism—and shows that, contrary to the general consensus, each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one. In his close analysis of government initiatives as diverse as Brazil’s Bolsa Família program, Indonesia’s campaign against radicalism, Canada’s early embrace of multiculturalism, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to prevent another 9/11, Tepperman captures the moments in time which reveal the broadly applicable measures which can boost and buttress equality, incomes, cooperation, and cohesion in wildly diverse societies. He flips conventional political wisdom on its head, showing, for example, how much the U.S. Congress could learn about compromise and conciliation from its counterpart in Mexico.
        Tepperman has traveled the world to write this book, conducting more than a hundred interviews with the people behind the policies. Meticulously researched and deeply reported, The Fix presents practical advice for problem-solvers of all stripes, and stands as a necessary corrective to the hand-wringing and grim prognostication that dominates the news, making a data-driven case for optimism in a time of crushing pessimism.


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About Jonathan Tepperman

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Jonathan Tepperman is the managing editor of Foreign Affairs. After growing up in Canada and studying English and law at Yale, Oxford, and NYU, Tepperman started his journalism career reporting for The Forward and The Jerusalem Post. He has since contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many other outlets. He also appears frequently on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, Fox News, and other networks. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY
 
Published September 20, 2016 by Tim Duggan Books. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Hirsh on Oct 02 2016

Though the book is not long, Tepperman goes into impressive detail in each case study and delivers his assessments in clear, pared-down prose, careful to describe most of his success stories as experiments that could still fail.

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Reviewed by Michael Hirsh on Sep 29 2016

...to answer these larger questions adequately, perhaps what we need most is a renewal of Big Think — a deeper reconsideration of the outdated ideologies of our day. In the meantime, Tepperman has produced an indispensable handbook on ways to work around the problem.

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