America the Possible – Manifesto for a New Economy

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by Gus Speth

Type: Book [title]
Published September, 2012
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In this third volume of his award-winning American Crisis series, James Gustave Speth makes his boldest and most ambitious contribution yet. He looks unsparingly at the sea of troubles in which the United States now finds itself, charts a course through the discouragement and despair commonly felt today, and envisions what he calls America the Possible, an attractive and plausible future that we can still realize.

Speth identifies a dozen features of the American political economy–the country’s basic operating system–where transformative change is essential, and he explains howsystem change can come to America.

Read an excerpt from America the Possible – Manifesto for a New Economy




“A true gift of a book, at exactly the right moment.”
— Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine

“A brilliant, powerfully supported manifesto and an indespensable call to arms.”
— Gar Alperovitz, author of America
Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our
Wealth, Our Liberty and Our Democracy

“It is indeed possible to restore America to a true, durable, and decent prosperity and Gus Speth shows how.”
-- David W. Orr, author of Hope is an
Imperative and Down to the Wire

“Speth’s profoundly humane sensibilities and common sense approach are sure to resonate with readers.”
— Juliet Schor, author of True Weatlh:
How and why millions of Americans are
creating a time-rich, ecologically-light,
small-scale, high-satisisfaction economy

This critically important work brings together in a selective, judicious and integrated way the best current thinking on the American political economic crisis and related policies."
— Herman Daly, Professor Emeritus,
School of Public Policy, University
of Maryland; author
of Beyond Growth

“Speth is a seasoned leader and passionate truth teller with impeccable establishment credentials. . . . A compelling case for economic transformation."
— David Korten, YES! Magazine
board chair and author of
Agenda for a New Economy
and The Great Turning

"Gus Speth's wonderfully comprehensive account of the American condition is a devastating indictment. Yet he lifts us up with his audacious vision of what can be."
— William Greider, author of
Come Home, America: The
Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise)
of Our Country