M. Walker

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  • The Smartest Places on Earth

  • Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation
  • By: Antoine van Agtmael, Fred Bakker
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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In The Smartest Places on Earth, van Agtmael and Bakker present a truly hopeful and inspiring investigation into the emerging sources of a new era of competitiveness for America and Europe that are coming from unlikely places - those cities and areas once known as "rustbelts" that have, from an economic perspective, been written off.

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  • Should have been so much better

  • By M. Walker on 06-20-16

Should have been so much better

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Reviewed: 06-20-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes because the central insight about advanced economy manufacturing is so important to the future of work and the economy.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The majority of the book is a series of case studies. They are presented in a long sequence and there doesn't seem to be a lot to distinguish them from one another. It would have been better to pick out recurring themes (e.g. the role of 'Connectors') and compare these across the different cases. Instead we get what comes across as the authors' unedited field notes.