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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Thomas Friedman
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Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the four causes of America's decline as discussed in Chapter 1. In what ways is America's education system in decline? Do you agree with the authors' perspectives? Why or why not? Why might critics disagree?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss George Kennan, the "Long Telegram," and the onset of the Cold War. What led to the anonymity between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.? What money was spent during the U.S. at this time? What was the impact of these new budget policies? How was trade affected?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the four major challenges facing America as discussed in Chapter 2. What are the definitions of globalization, IT revolution, and climate change? Do you agree or disagree with the authors' assertions? In your opinion, what are the solutions?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the impact of the Tea Party and analyze...

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