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The Comeback

How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream
Written by: Gary Shapiro
Narrated by: Jack Roberts
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Commerce

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Publisher's Summary

In this New York Times best seller, Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association, shows us how to return innovation to the center of America's economic policy.

America seems to be on a downward slide. Our government spends too much money; our economy creates too little; and we aren't preparing our children to compete in a global marketplace. Yet our politicians - Republican and Democrat alike - ust don't get it. While once-great cities fall into decay, Washington thrives, living off the hard work and tax dollars of the private sector. It's time for an American comeback - and it starts with innovation. Throughout its history, America's greatest innovators have been the drivers of our unsurpassed economic success. American innovation transformed a country of ragtag farmers into the epicenter of the world's technological progress. Innovation creates jobs, markets, and new industries where none existed before. Most importantly, innovation moves us forward as a nation, pushing us to succeed and strive for a better tomorrow. In short, innovation is the American Dream.

©2011 Gary Shapiro (P)2011 Gary Shapiro

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  • William
  • 05-03-12

So much potential, such a disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The author has a background in technology. This book had so much potential to provide valuable lessons on innovation. Instead, the author never fails to take an opportunity to go on a political rant, giving occasional generic attacks against one party (

Would you ever listen to anything by Gary Shapiro again?

I would be reluctant to listen to Mr. Shapiro's future work, but would if I could be confident that it would not simply turn into another political rant.

What aspect of Jack Roberts’s performance would you have changed?

I think the narrator's reading was fine...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes. If you ignore the political contradictions (he spends the first half of the book talking about how the government can't help innovation and is fundamentally harmful... then the latter parts of the book going over a bunch of things the government must do for us to be able to innovate) and political rants, then there are some interesting nuggets of information. They should just be the thrust of the book.

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  • Sam Motes
  • 07-03-13

Innovate our way to survival

The comeback lays out the belief that for the US economy to truly get out of the economic down turn we must embrace technology and break down the barriers that are impeding our ability to innovate. It discusses the US's history of innovation from Edison to Apple and then discusses the current legal and political environment that discourages innovation and new business creation in the US