American Made

American Made

Why Making Things Will Return Us to Greatness

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"American manufacturing is on life support--at least, that's what most people think. The exodus of jobs to China and other foreign markets is irreversible, and anything that is built here requires specialized skills the average worker couldn't hope to gain. Not so, says Dan Dimicco, chairman and former CEO of Nucor, America's largest steel company. He not only revived a major US manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas. In American Made, he takes to task the politicians, academics, and political pundits who, he contends, are exacerbating fears and avoiding simple solutions for the sake of nothing more than their own careers, and contrasts them with the postwar leaders who rebuilt Europe and Japan, put a man on the moon, and kept communism at bay. We need leaders of such resolve today, he argues, who can tackle a broken job-creation engine by restoring manufacturing to its central role in the U.S. economy--and cease creating fictitious "service businesses" where jobs evaporate after a year or two, as in a Ponzi scheme. With his trademark bluntness, Dimicco tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing. Along the way, he shares the lessons he's learned about good leadership, crisis management, and the true meaning of innovation, and maps the road back to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity, and American competitiveness. "-- Provided by publisher
"American manufacturing is on life support--at least, that's what most people think. The exodus of jobs to China and other foreign markets is irreversible, and anything that is built here requires specialized skills the average worker couldn't hope to gain. Not so, says Dan DiMicco, chairman and former CEO of Nucor, America's largest steel company. He not only revived a major US manufacturing firm during a recession, but helped galvanize the flagging domestic steel industry when many of his competitors were in bankruptcy or headed overseas. In American Made, he takes to task the politicians, academics, and political pundits who, he contends, are exacerbating fears and avoiding simple solutions for the sake of nothing more than their own careers, and contrasts them with the postwar leaders who rebuilt Europe and Japan, put a man on the moon, and kept communism at bay. We need leaders of such resolve today, he argues, who can tackle a broken job-creation engine by restoring manufacturing to its central role in the U.S. economy--and cease creating fictitious "service businesses" where jobs evaporate after a year or two, as in a Ponzi scheme. With his trademark bluntness, DiMicco tackles the false promise of green jobs and the hidden costs of outsourcing. Along the way, he shares the lessons he's learned about good leadership, crisis management, and the true meaning of innovation, and maps the road back to robust economic growth, middle-class prosperity, and American competitiveness. "-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York City : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
ISBN: 9781137279798
1137279796
Characteristics: 246 pages maps, charts ; 24 cm

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Nov 18, 2015

Eye-opening true story.

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StarGladiator
Feb 27, 2015

This is one of those kind of // duuuuuhhhh \\ books, one cannot disagree with the author, one simply wonders why the author can't figure out what the banksters want, the banksters usually get [or is it, that they take?]. Of course, every time a job is offshored, a piece of the GDP goes with it. Of course, offshoring jobs, technology and investment detracts from America and strengthens those countries [communist China, communist Vietnam, Islamic Bangladesh] the flow goes to. Best to call out the traitors, best to charge the real enemies of the people with treason, not John Kiriakou, Thomas Drake and so many others, charged by our so-called democratic president, Barack Obama, with the Treason Act! [There are three sets of graphs which perfectly overlay one another: (1) graph of increasing American debt & increase in Pentagon spending; (2) graph of increasing time-between-employment and increase in food stamps; and, (3) graph of decrease in American patents awarded, and increase of jobs offshored over the past four decades [reverse one graph, then overlay].]

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