Time to Start Thinking by Edward Luce
America and the Spectre of Decline

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Luce is a good writer with a vacuum-cleaner for a notebook. His book could not be bettered as a compendium of American problems...
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"Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It is time to start thinking."-Sir Ernest Rutherford, winner of the Nobel Prize in Nuclear Physics

Time to Start Thinking is a book destined to spark debate among liberals and conservatives alike. Drawing on his decades of exceptional journalism and his connections within Washington and around the world, Luce advances a carefully constructed and controversial argument, backed up by interviews with many of the key players in politics and business, that America is losing its pragmatism - and that the consequences of this may soon leave the country high and dry.

Luce turns his attention to a number of different key issues that are set to affect America's position in the world order: the changing structure of the US economy, the continued polarization of American politics; the debilitating effect of the "permanent election campaign"; the challenges involved in the overhaul of the country's public education system; and the health-or sickliness-of American innovation in technology and business. His conclusion, "An Exceptional Challenge" looks at America's dwindling options in a world where the pace is increasingly being set elsewhere.
 

About Edward Luce

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Edward Luce is a graduate from Oxford University in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He worked as a speech writer for the treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, worked as the South Asia bureau chief for the Financial Times and is now based in Washington DC as the Financial Times's Washington Commentator.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 302 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jonathan Rauch on Apr 03 2012

Luce is a good writer with a vacuum-cleaner for a notebook. His book could not be bettered as a compendium of American problems...

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Reviewed by John Gray on May 11 2012

Surprisingly, Luce says little about the foreign policy disasters that have speeded America's fall from grace.

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