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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward Luce Narrator: Ralph Lister Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2012 ISBN:
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In Time to Start Thinking, Edward Luce offers an incisive and highly engaging account of America's economic and geopolitical decline. The Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times for the last four years, Luce has traveled the country interviewing public officials like Lawrence Summers and Senator Don Riegle, business leaders including Jeff Immelt and Bill Gates, as well as teachers, health care workers, and scientists. His interviews are candid and revealing: former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen told Luce about the catch-22 - like situation of American defense spending: We are borrowing money from China to build weapons to face down China. Mullen is just one of many voices who are united in their belief that America must evolve or face serious consequences. Luce's research, analysis, and reporting covers areas from education to health care to politics to business and innovation. Luce frames the issues historically, comparing America today to Britain in the early-twentieth century, when U.S. inventors developed the light bulb and the internal combustion engine, usurping Britain's position as the center of research and development, while Germany took the lead in the chemicals and metallurgy industries. As a result, Britain lost its place at the top of the world's pecking order. Today, the same situation is evolving in America: Chinese and Korean scientists and innovators are becoming increasingly competitive with those in America, and companies like IBM and General Electric now employ more people outside the United States than inside it. In domestic politics, things are also dire: conversation between Republicans and Democrats has all but ceased - Barney Frank calls it the dialogue of the deaf, and the once noisy Senate dining room, specifically designed so that members of different parties would be forced to talk to one another, is now empty most lunch hours. No surprise, when the politicians are ... Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/27/2013

    " I wish he could have been more precise and careful in his analysis for each topic, but that would have probably resulted in too much book. Good overview of a number of public-life topics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Schmersal | 10/21/2013

    " America, please read this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raghu | 10/6/2013

    " A book very much for its time, written (and sadly edited) with a note of urgency about the seismic shift in national exceptionalism from the US to the rest (and really how little Washington can do about it). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy Stringer | 7/20/2013

    " For economists, productivity is the ultimate measure of an economy's IQ and most of America's jobs are in dumb sectors. Luce's most convincing chapters reveal how state education continues to fail the mass of ordinary Americans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 3/4/2013

    " Good read by a British reporter for the Financial Times. I think that his outlook is too pessimistic about the future of the U.S., but he would argue that's what all Americans believe - that we're something special! Luce seems to have spoken to everyone, and his writing is crisp and clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J C | 2/8/2013

    " Excellent combination of research (i.e., stats) and interviews with news makers in many industries and the public sector. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa Boutelle | 11/12/2012

    " While Luce's research was very thorough and precise, he failed to provide the recommended action he seemed to suggest he would at the beginning of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ross | 8/27/2012

    " Probably the most important book of observations about America by a non-American since Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Jones | 6/9/2012

    " Good book. Well written and thought provoking, if not a touch predictable. "

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About the Author
Edward Luce graduated with a degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University. 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 based in Washington DC as the Financial Times Washington columnist and commentator. He was formerly its Washington bureau chief. He is also the author of In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India and Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent.
About the Narrator

Ralph Lister is an actor, voice actor, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He spent fifteen years in London theater before moving to the United States to focus on film and television. He has held numerous roles in Shakespeare and modern dramas, as well as starring roles in independent films. His voice and character work can be heard in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearland 13 Going On 30. He lives in Los Angeles.