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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

Thomas Friedman
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Name the five pillars that comprise America's formula for success. Why have they been abandoned? What could shock America into returning to greatness?

What are the three factors that brought about the new flat world of globalization? What are the four main challenges that face America?

What has caused the political gridlock at the federal level? Why has partisanship escalated in recent years?

What is American exceptionalism? Why has President Barack Obama accused of not thinking in terms of America's exceptionalism?

What has the merger of IT and globalization caused? How must America address the new challenges presented by the global market and the new reality?

What mistakes were made in the Reagan Administration? What president abandoned the gold standard and began deficit spending?

What president created Social Security? What president developed the interstate highway system? What president balanced the federal budget and created a surplus as...

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