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Comeback America's New Economic Boom by Charles R. Morris
  

Comeback America's New Economic Boom

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Comeback America's New Economic Boom by Charles R. Morris

Charles R. Morris's The Trillion Dollar Meltdown (2008) was the first book to warn of the impending financial crash in all its horrific scale and speed. Now, with Comeback, Morris reveals that the United States is on the brink of a strong recovery that could last for twenty years or more. The great economic boom times in American history have come because of fortuitous discoveries. Natural resources (coal first, then oil) fueled vast economic and industrial expansions, which in turn helped create and supply new markets. The last genuine economic game changer was the technology boom of the 1990s, which gave the U.S. a global competitive advantage for a while based on electronics and silicon. One of the first writers and analysts in the U.S. to predict that the tech boom would lead to a period of sustained economic growth was Charles Morris. In defiance of the recessionary times (in 1990), he saw the coming boom. Now, in 2013, he sees the threshold of another. This time the gift is natural gas. The amount and distribution of gas in American shale is so vast that it has the potential to transform the manufacturing economy, creating jobs across the country, and requiring a new infrastructure that will benefit the nation as a whole. Because of fracking, jobs that once would have been outsourced abroad will return home, America can become a net exporter of energy, and cheap energy will provide the opportunity for innovation and competition. In light of this new opportunity, and other complementary developments Morris explores in this book, the U.S. ought to be approaching the future with a robust self-confidence it has not experienced in a while. But we could fumble it away. The gold-rush style of shale boom companies does not make them good neighbors. A counter-reaction could put their industry, and the new era of national prosperity, at risk. We also have a political system that has the capacity to spoil the benefits of this huge boon. If the wealth locked in the continental shelf is not shared for the general economic good, but is instead exploited in short-term profiteering, then many of the opportunities that exist will be choked off by a few very rich corporations. Managing the great bonus of the vast store of cheap energy is going to become a defining political challenge in the years ahead. At the threshold of a thrilling opportunity, Morris is a brilliantly perceptive guide.

Reviews

Gillian Tett, Financial Times What really fascinates me about [Morris's] new tome is that I suspect it points to a symbolic turning point in economic mood...If nothing else, his book is a timely reminder that economic optimism and pessimism have a habit of moving in cycles. Daniel Yergin, Wall Street Journal Mr. Morris adroitly explains the workings of what he calls...'the splendid technology that makes [shale] possible,' ...[arguing] that this unconventional revolution could support more than four million jobs... He also makes a compelling case that the U.S. is significantly under-investing in the infrastructure needed to support economic growth... The contribution of 'Comeback
is to cogently lay out the bright economic consequences of the unconventional oil and gas revolution and the revival of manufacturing. Kirkus Reviews A persuasive, upbeat forecast of economic growth, starting now, for the United States. The author has a companionable voice, affable and easy, but with words chosen for maximum clarity

...Serious bureaucratic, technological and environmental issues, unpacked with facility, provide digestible food for thought. Daniel Gross, Newsweek Daily Beast Charles Morris, the author of the bestselling crisis book The Two Trillion Dollar Meltdown...[has] released a sequel volume--albeit a slim one--called Comeback: America's New Economic Boom. His cause for celebration? The fracking revolution. The nation's supply of natural gas locked in shale is so vast that it has the potential to transform the manufacturing economy, creating jobs across the country and requiring a new infrastructure that will benefit the nation as a whole. Robert Bradley, Jr., Forbes In Comeback: America's New Economic Boom, author Charles Morris refers to 'the new X-factor, the American energy advantage.
The

'game changer'--shale oil and gas technology and production--has put the United States and Canada in the world's leading economic saddle...Yes, technologically unlocked oil and gas has created an energy revolution and industrial bright spot in the...Obama era. Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas (blog) Charles Morris (who accurately predicted the crash of 2008) discusses the main themes of his new book Comeback: America's New Economic Boom with NPR, here's an excerpt: It's the best-kept secret in the economics media: The United States is on the brink. CHOICE A readable and refreshingly cheerful forecast for the US economy.'


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Publication date

11th July 2013

Author

Charles R. Morris

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Publisher

PublicAffairs,U.S. an imprint of The Perseus Books Group

Format

Paperback
192 pages

Categories

Economics

ISBN

9781610393362

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