Pulitzer Prize-winner Hedrick Smith’s 2012 Who Stole the American Dream? explored the title’s often-asked question, giving a definitive history of when, how, and why the “American Dream” fell apart. Smith’s book looked at the political and economic changes of the past 40 years, pinpointing moments in history where wrong turns were taken. The beginnings of 401(k), policy changes under popular presidents, and economics behind some of the country’s most powerful CEOs are all analyzed in his bestselling book. Now, he turns his lens on current economic and policy trends unfolding across the country, with an emphasis on recent developments in Washington State such as the Boeing labor union story. He argues that before moving toward the future, Americans need to analyze and learn from past economic and political mistakes — to fix what was broken by others long ago — suggesting concrete, much-needed reforms for the future. In addition to being an award-winning journalist, Smith is the bestselling author of The Russians and The Power Game.
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