American Mojo: Lost and Found: Restoring Our Middle Class Before the World Blows by


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6.2 X 1.4 X 9.2 inches | 1.6 pounds

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About the Author

Peter D. Kiernan, award-winning bestselling author, is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and advisor to businesses, nonprofits and government. After a multi-decade Wall Street career, he left in 2000 to pursue venture capital start-ups, nonprofit work and writing. A 25-year Robin Hood Foundation board member and past Chair of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, he has served on the boards of numerous hospitals, colleges, graduate schools, disability and poverty fighting organizations, and charter school initiatives and currently serves on the Al Smith Foundation. A frequent contributor on TV talk shows, radio programs and public speaking forums, Kiernan's last book, Becoming China's Bitch won the International Book Award and was a New York Times bestseller. He holds an MBA from Darden and a BA from Williams College and lives in New England with his family.


"Thoughtful and thought-provoking, American Mojo: Lost and Found is ultimately an optimistic resource of practical and proactive macroeconomic strategies for the twenty-first century, highly recommended." --Midwest Book Review
"Peter Kiernan is a man with a big vision--for the middle class. In this robust and imaginative analysis of how the middle class must be secured he cuts through the fog and presents a clear vision for a new course. Bravo." --Tom Brokaw
"American Mojo is a page-turner of a gripping story, one that reads like fiction but in fact weaves the drama of the breakdown of our healthy middle class. And then hope brims from the pages as Peter Kiernan guides us toward a truly possible future where the jewel of our nation, our middle class, could actually shine again for real. If you care about America, there is no more important book out there today." --Diane Nyad, champion ocean swimmer, author, and frequent public speaker for social betterment
"Kiernan chronicles, in highly entertaining fashion, the American middle class's rise over the course of the 20th century, as well as its currently imperiled state. Observing that "80% of the world's purchasing power, 92% of the world's economic growth, and 95% of the world's consumers" are now outside the U.S., Kiernan asks whether Americans are in danger of being left behind. Each chapter begins with the story of a person who participated, and in some cases played a key part, in the progress of the American middle class, from the potato magnate who made McDonald's possible, to Betty Friedan and her contribution to unleashing the economic potential of American women. The stories touch on many topics, including the post-WWII housing boom, the economic impacts of racism, the culture war's origins in the late 1960s, and Reaganomics . . . this is a riveting read that sets out not to draw definite solutions from past successes and failures, but to educate the general readership with storytelling." --Publishers Weekly
"Peter Kiernan has written the book that needed to be written--and read--right now. His documentation of how America's middle class rose and is now teetering is the wake-up call this country needs to hear. His incisive storytelling, trenchant observations and clear-eyed solutions make this a must read." --Geoffrey Canada, president, Harlem Children's Zone