Betting on America

Betting on America : Why the US Can Be Stronger After September 11

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Betting on America places the events of 9-11 in deep historical context, offering a thoughtful, realistic, and ultimately optimistic vision of AmericaOs new future. The authors examine the long-term impact of 9-11 at every level, from our most private personal relationships, to our most crucial business decisions, to the choices we make as a society. They find in American history one overriding lesson: when we have been challenged, we have discovered deeper strengths and achieved more greatness than we had ever imagined possible.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 157 x 237.7 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130460788
  • 9780130460783

Table of contents


1. The Bumpy Road To A New Normalcy.

Technology: The Great Facilitator. Terrorism And Technology. The Rise Of Globalization. The Problems Of Globalization. The Upside Of Globalization. Empowerment Of The Individual. 9-11 And Arab-American Relations. A Breeding Ground For Terrorists.

2. Feeling Our Way.

Foundations Of Everyday Life. Predictability. Trust. Security-Feeling At Home. How Things Changed. Unpredictability. Suspicion. Insecurity And After.

3. Renewing Our Ways Of Thinking.

Weighing The Odds. Figuring Out A Response. The Challenge Of Knowing Thyself. Pessimism Versus Optimism. Looking To The Future.

4. Finding Our Way At Work.

What The New Normalcy Means For Business. The Changing Nature Of Work. Decentralization Of Work. The New Role Of Government. New Opportunities And Lost Causes.

5. Leveraging America's Resources.

A Nation Of Joiners. National Security And Homeland Defense. Getting It All Together. What To Do About Terrorists.

6. Forward On The Economic Front.

A Personal Economic Agenda. Preserving And Enhancing The Nation's Economy. Work, Business, And National Wealth.

7. From Our Leaders.

Leading The Way. A Business Case. A Leadership Inventory.

8. A National And Personal Agenda.

Fear Conquered And Things To Do. The Role Of Information And Physical Security. An Age Of Decency? An American Time, Some Final Thoughts.

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About James W. Cortada

JAMES W. CORTADA, an Executive at IBM, is a leading authority on the use, management, and history of information technology. His most recent books include 21st Century Business: Managing and Working in the New Digital Economy; Into the Network Age: How IBM and Other Companies Are Getting There Now; The Rise of the Knowledge Worker; and Making the Information Society: Experience, Consequences, and Possibilities (Prentice Hall PTR).

Together with Professor Alfred D. Chandler, Cortada edited A Nation Transformed: How Information Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present. He is Chairman of the Charles Babbage Foundation at the University of Minnesota, and holds a Ph.D. in modern history from Florida State University.

EDWARD WAKIN, professor of communications at Fordham University, has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and scores of magazine articles on social and business issues. His "Professional Edge" column was awarded first place in its category by the American Society of Business Press Editors in 1998. A past winner of the George Polk award "for distinguished achievements in journalism," he has served as education editor for WCBS-TV News and as an editor at The Wall Street Journal and the New York World Telegram. He has earned graduate degrees from Northwestern and Columbia Universities and a Ph.D. from Fordham University in sociology.
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