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The Rise and Fall of American Growth Audiobook

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

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A New York Times Best Seller

In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, home appliances, motor vehicles, air travel, air conditioning, and television transformed households and workplaces. With medical advances, life expectancy between 1870 and 1970 grew from 45 to 72 years. Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth provides an in-depth account of this momentous era. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end?

Gordon challenges the view that economic growth can or will continue unabated, and he demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 can't be repeated. He contends that the nation's productivity growth, which has already slowed to a crawl, will be further held back by the vexing headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government. Gordon warns that the younger generation may be the first in American history that fails to exceed their parents' standard of living, and that rather than depend on the great advances of the past, we must find new solutions to overcome the challenges facing us.

A critical voice in the debates over economic stagnation, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.

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    isaiah 09-13-16
    isaiah 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The book is a great review of how we got to where we are today"

    I loved the review of the industrial revolution and learning where various technological changes came from. His suggestions of how to increase American growth seemed pretty standard though. I was disappointed with that. It seemed like he just phoned in that part of the book. We've heard all those recommendations before. The book is worth the time though.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book will put in perspective many of he things you already know but in a very organized way bringing more meaning to them.


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    It makes you think about the times we are leaving and into the future.


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    Strongly recommend it... L O N G but worth it...

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    GC 08-21-16
    GC 08-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to The Rise and Fall of American Growth the most enjoyable?

    The story is very informative.


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    The performer keeps referring to figures. It would be nice if we could see them. There is no PDF available.

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