The First Universal Nation

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Not since the end of World War II have the fates of nations been so unpredictable. With respect to the USA, many forecasters have predicted that the 1990s will be fraught with hardship and decline. This book argues that despite current problems, the USA is still a dynamic and healthy nation that is ready to take a great leap forward both at home and abroad in the coming decade. The source of this strength, the author believes, lies in the rich diversity of cultures and backgrounds that the citizens of the republic bring to the task of shaping its future.

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As the nation teeters on the brink of a recession and a possible war in the Middle East, Wattenberg is back with another upbeat look at the American condition in the tradition of the The Good News Is the Bad News Is Wrong ( LJ 9/15/84). He says predictions of a U.S. decline are false and concludes that America, the "first universal nation," will get better in the 1990s. This is a matter of interpretation, of course, but Wattenberg provides plenty of documentary support for his views, supplementing his prose with page-long groupings of statistical tables covering 26 different "indicators" in areas like immigration, crime, values, spending, and freedom. The rest of the book contains an intriguing blend of recycled syndicated columns, memoirs, analysis, and futurism. This lively and provocative title is recommended for popular collections.
-Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, Pa.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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