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American Mojo: Lost and Found: Restoring our…

American Mojo: Lost and Found: Restoring our Middle Class Before the World…

by Peter D. Kiernan

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This is a book that challenges the mind on current economic events. It makes the reader really question his or her values by taking history and comparing it with current events. Those historical occasions are detailed in a way that demonstrates how the middle class is being destroyed at an alarming pace. People are no longer able to make the traditional ‘American Dream’ happen. Most are fortunate to make ends meet at the end of the month. Nearly every month there seems to be an increasing gap between the have and the have not's. The author goes into great detail of why the country has lost the area in the middle.

This book was a very fascinating read for me. I had to give it four out of five stars due to its slowness. Although it has a tremendous amount of information, it was sluggish to read at times. The book was well written and executed. I thought the author’s explanations and examples were solid and found his logic to be interesting. This book would be very good for those that are into the economic field or political aspect of the nation. It is a great educational tool or reference for a school report. I see no reason why it could not be used by an upper level high school student or economics student. I do recommend this book, but wish it is was a little shorter.I must thank both the author and Goodreads for sending this book to me in a giveaway. It was much appreciated and I enjoyed reading it! Thank you. ( )
  Jennifer35k | Dec 3, 2015 |
Pretending to be a liberal solution to the loss of the middle class. Each chapter of the 'solution' details a way to save jobs and middle-class and then shoots it down. In one place he claims there are only about 1.25 million people working for minimum wage - really? Bet there are that many in my state alone. As to SNAP and Soc Sec pretty much says we have to cut someone loose - either children or elderly will need to be left to die.
  earthreader | Oct 26, 2015 |
An in depth and well researched book about the rise and fall of the American middle class but more importantly how this segment of society can make a comeback. The central thrust of the author's argument is that rather than seeing competing nations across the world in a wary manner as competitors we should position ourselves to take advantage of the markets in these developing countries. He speaks to how China is already doing this and we may find ourselves left out if we don't. India and Nigeria are two of several nations he points out. Our middle class, he believes, will benefit if we focus on trade and good relationships with these countries. ( )
  muddyboy | Sep 29, 2015 |
received a hardcover edition of this book through a GoodReads.com giveaway and the following is my honest opinion for it.

This book is a far cry from the myriad of genres of fiction books and memoirs I’ve reviewed to date. It’s not the type of book readers can read right through without taking any sort of break; they need to absorb each one chapter one at a time to reap the greatest benefits this book has to offer them.

The manner in which Mr. Kiernan has written his fact-filled book causes readers to want to read more by eagerly turning to the next page, which is usually not prevalent in books of this genre. Taking readers on a time travel trip to the past to view FDR taking us out of the Depression the entire nation had still been reeling in when he took office, adds a glimmer of hope for the middle class in seeing some light at the end of the tunnel to their present economic condition. One needs to look at the economic history of this country in order to avoid any possible repeat of the faux pas which has already transpired in the past.

For his thought-provoking endeavor I’m giving Mr. Kiernan 5 STARS. ( )
  MyPenNameOnly | Jul 1, 2015 |
I received a free copy for an honest review

This book was very interesting! It covered the middle class society from the past to the present. It went over a variety of topics. It was so well written it did not read like a bland boring history book, but more of a gripping novel. ( )
  amy1825 | Jun 18, 2015 |
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Award-winning author Peter D. Kiernan focuses on America's greatest challenge--and opportunity--restoring the middle class to its full promise and potential. Our educated, skilled, and motivated middle class was the cornerstone of America's postwar economic might, but the country's dynamic core has struggled and changed dramatically through the last three decades. Kiernan's extensively researched story, told through individual histories, shows how the middle class flourished under unique circumstances following World War II and details how our middle class has been rocked and shaped by events abroad as much as at home. Through his storytelling emerges a picture of middle-class decline and opportunity that is fuller and more useful than other examinations in terms of charting a path forward. His unique global perspective is a vital ingredient in charting the way ahead. This new frontier thesis shows that middle-class greatness is again within our grasp. Americans must embrace what brought our middle class to prominence in the first place--our American Mojo--before it is too late and other countries steal the march.--From publisher description.… (more)

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