Land of Promise by Michael Lind

63%

6 Critic Reviews

If you...prefer to concentrate on the fact that ­middle-class Americans can now afford to fly regularly or that air travel has never been safer, you will not be persuaded.
-NY Times

Synopsis

A sweeping and original work of economic history by Michael Lind, one of America’s leading intellectuals, Land of Promise recounts the epic story of America’s rise to become the world’s dominant economy. As ideological free marketers continue to square off against Keynesians in Congress and the press, economic policy remains at the center of political debate.

Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States offers a much-needed historical framework that sheds new light on our past—wisdom that offers lessons essential to our future. Building upon the strength and lucidity of his New York Times Notable Books The Next American Nation and Hamilton’s Republic, Lind delivers a necessary and revelatory examination of the roots of American prosperity—insight that will prove invaluable to anyone interested in exploring how we can move forward.

 

About Michael Lind

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Michael Lind is Policy Director of New America's Economic Growth Program and a co-founder of the New America Foundation. His first three books of political journalism and history-The Next American Nation: The New Nationalism and the Fourth American Revolution; Up From Conservatism: Why the Right Is Wrong for America; and Vietnam: The Necessary War-were all selected as New York Times Notable Books. He is also the co-author of The Radical Center: The Future of American Politics (with Ted Halstead). Mr. Lind has taught at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins and writes frequently for the Financial Times, the New York Times, Democracy Journal, and other publications. He has appeared on C-SPAN, National Public Radio, CNN, the Business News Network, The Newshour, and other programs, and he has a weekly column in Salon Magazine. He lives in WHERE?
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Harper. 595 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Feb 29 2012

Lind memorably vivifies this constant churn of economic activity and political reconstruction. Timely, big-picture analysis that supplies vital context to our current economic and political moment.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by David Leonhardt on May 24 2012

If you...prefer to concentrate on the fact that ­middle-class Americans can now afford to fly regularly or that air travel has never been safer, you will not be persuaded.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jan 09 2012

Lind... delivers a conventional story of America’s technological transformation... Lind paints a vivid if dismal picture.

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Tulsa World

Below average
Reviewed by Glen Altschuler on May 20 2012

This argument is not new... and, on occasion Lind pushes a bit too hard to support it.

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History Book Club

Excellent
Reviewed by John Major

lucid, fascinating, highly readable book... Michael Lind, in this challenging and provocative book, makes a potent contribution to that vital debate.

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JH Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Abowitz on May 30 2012

It is to Lind’s credit that while his viewpoint certainly impacts his interpretation of events this only serves to give a fuller coherence to history rather than spin.

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