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Becoming China's Bitch and Nine More Catastrophes We Must Avoid Right Now : A Manifesto for the Radical Center
by Peter D. Kiernan


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A Manifesto for the Radical Center
America is frozen. We have failed to face our nation's most crucial challenges--and we are about to pay the price.
When it comes to solving our country's problems, we have become utterly paralyzed: bipartisanship has lulled us into a deadlock, preventing us from taking action.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A Manifesto for the Radical Center
America is frozen. We have failed to face our nation's most crucial challenges--and we are about to pay the price.
When it comes to solving our country's problems, we have become utterly paralyzed: bipartisanship has lulled us into a deadlock, preventing us from taking action. Yet we can no longer ignore the inevitable catastrophes or hand them off to Washington to fix--they must be addressed now, or we will suffer the long-term consequences.

In the New York Times bestseller Becoming China's Bitch, Peter Kiernan presents an unflinching manifesto in which he explores five factors that have sustained our national paralysis, then uncovers the ten challenges that pose the greatest threat to the future of America. Presented from a fresh yet informative Centrist perspective, these ten impending catastrophes include our semiconscious dependency on China, our lack of a centrally coordinated intelligence effort, our downward-spiraling health-care system, and the continually expanding problem of illegal immigration. In a logical, personal, and persuasive voice, Kiernan offers radical yet common-sense solutions to these challenges--solutions that every American must acknowledge and act upon before it's too late.

With provocative insight and analytical depth, Becoming China's Bitch is the answer to securing our country's immediate future and restoring our national soul.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781618580054
  • ISBN-10: 1618580051
  • Publisher: Turner
  • Publish Date: February 2012
  • Page Count: 434
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

"In my youth, we were a nation obsessed with the Soviet Union….Where is our paranoia about China?" If it didn't exist already, former Goldman Sachs senior partner Kiernan seems determined to drum it up with laughably dramatic metaphors like " have developed a vampire's taste for the elixir of our economy—oil." In his "manifesto," Kiernan analyzes the reasons behind China's ascension and its potential to overtake the U.S. as the world's primary economic power. As a self-described "Radical Centrist," Kiernan underscores two causes for concern that require America's immediate attention: the growth of China's reserves, and the strength of its currency (the Renminbi, or Yuan). What deeply concerns the author is the U.S.'s lack of a strategy to deal with China once it takes the cap off its currency value. In Part I, Kiernan enumerates five reasons for America's inability to address the potential economic Chinese threat: "the Media Talk Complex," irresponsible political lobbyists, influential and biased think tanks, religious squabbling, and an ineffectual two-party system. In Part II, Kiernan goes on to discuss other challenges America faces, such as the same-sex marriage debate and whether to raise taxes on tobacco. Surprisingly, and despite the hawkish title, Kiernan suggests that the secret weapon to ensure success is not force, but rather an understanding of China. (Feb.)   

 
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