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Make It In America: The Case for Re-inventing the Economy

by Andrew Liveris

I received this book as a gift when I attended an event at which Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical and author of this book, was being honored. This is a well-written, pragmatic book that points fingers where they should be pointed – at us.  Specifically, in his speech to a few hundred business leaders and in the book, Liveris advises that we avoid hollow dreams about the good old days of boot straps capitalism.  He reminds us:  “There is no such thing as a free . . . market.”  Government has always been part of our economy.  Given the power of state-directed market economies around the world, Liveris believes that business-government cooperation for economic growth is essential.  Whether you buy this premise or not, you will love his six “pillars” – the foundations of our eventual recovery.  They are what chambers work on every day.  The Amazon review is a great summary, but the book is worth putting on your Kindle because Liveris tells great stories about Dow’s domestic vs. foreign investment decisions.  (40% of their employees are still in the US, even though majority of sales are outside.)

- Recommended by Mick Fleming, CEO of ACCE

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