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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Summary
Thomas Friedman

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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Summary

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"That Used to Be Us," by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum, subtitled, "How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back," describes the current state of deterioration in which America finds itself. The authors first describe the current state of America. They explain what is wrong and what has been abandoned from what we used to be. They describe how America was the beacon for democracy and success and admired as the leader of the free world. Millions wanted to emigrate to America and share its dream.

For the last decade however, beginning in 2000, America has been in an obvious and steady decline, which was triggered by changes that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1979, President Nixon abandoned the gold standard and was the first to engage in deficit spending. He took these actions so the country could avoid a...

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