That Used to be Us: How America Lost its Way in the World it Invented and How We Come Back

America faces four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them — and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American Dream to future generations. In this discussion about his new book, Friedman offers both a wake-up call and a call to collective action.

Festival: 2011

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