Hard America, Soft America

Competition vs. Coddling and the Battle for the Nation's Future

By Michael Barone
(Crown Forum, Paperback, 9781400053247, 192pp.)

Publication Date: May 24, 2005

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A Tale of Two Americas: This groundbreaking book shines a brilliant light on contemporary American life. Michael Barone reveals how the divide between “Hard America” (defined by competition and accountability) and “Soft America” (which tries to shield us from those rigors) explains the state of everything from our economy to our schools to the military to the government and beyond.

About the Author

Michael Barone, one of America’s foremost political commentators, is a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report and for the past three decades has served as coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics. A contributor to Fox News Channel, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Praise For Hard America, Soft America

“Pick your adjective. He is the brilliant Michael Barone. The encyclopedic Michael Barone. The unparalleled Michael Barone.” —National Review

“A compelling analysis . . . citing news events, politics, and policy, and even novels and pop nonfiction.” —Wall Street Journal

“An ingenious book, a big-canvas, broad-brush picture of America by a man who has spent years immersed in the details.” —Seattle Times

“Barone has given us a fascinating way to look at the past and the present.” —Weekly Standard

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