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

Thomas Friedman
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* In September 2010, Tom Friedman traveled to Tianjin, China, to participate in the World Economic Forum summer conference.

* Five years before, a car ride from Beijing was the only way to get to the city, but in 2010, there was an ultramodern station for the world-class high-speed train.

* At an education conference in San Jose, a junior high student told him that the Chinese people have more ambition than Americans.

* A reader wrote to Tom that America no longer embraced challenge.

* It is not a foregone conclusion that while America dominated the last century, China will dominate this one.

* While there are independent examples of initiative and philanthropy, America needs action on a big scale.

* Authors Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum see that America is in disrepair and neglected and in decline.

* China is improving economically but it still suffers under the weight...

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