The Rise and Fall of American Growth by Robert J. Gordon
The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews

Of course, Gordon could be wrong...But he makes a powerful case. Perhaps the future isn’t what it used to be.
-NY Times

Synopsis

In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. Gordon contends that the nation's productivity growth will be further held back by the headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government, and that we must find new solutions. A critical voice in the most pressing debates of our time, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.

 

About Robert J. Gordon

See more books from this Author
 
Published August 29, 2017 by Princeton University Press. 785 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Rise and Fall of American Growth
All: 3 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Nov 04 2015

The book is not for general readers, but students and scholars in economics and American history will find within these pages much illuminating interpretation of a massive amount of data.

Read Full Review of The Rise and Fall of American... | See more reviews from Kirkus

NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Paul Krugman on Jan 25 2016

Of course, Gordon could be wrong...But he makes a powerful case. Perhaps the future isn’t what it used to be.

Read Full Review of The Rise and Fall of American... | See more reviews from NY Times

The Economist

Below average
on Jan 09 2016

...he goes too far in downplaying the current IT revolution. Where the first half of the book is brilliant, the second can be frustrating...He also fails to come to terms with the extent to which, thanks to 3D printing and the internet of things, the information revolution is spreading from the virtual world to the physical world.

Read Full Review of The Rise and Fall of American... | See more reviews from The Economist

Reader Rating for The Rise and Fall of American Growth
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 217 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×