The Rise And Fall Of American Growth: The US Standard Of Living Since The Civil War by Robert Gordon is a testament to American innovation from the 1870’s until the 1970’s with advances in the medical field and life expectancy, motor vehicles, air conditioning, air travel as well as plumbing. Gordon, an American economist, who teaches at Northwestern University turns pessimistic after the 1970’s and contends that the growth will not continue unabated as it has previously. This is a lengthy book at 762 pages but if the reader has any interest in how the future will play out as we live in the current information technology revolution as compared to the past, I believe it is well worth the effort. The author turns gloomy as he compares the two and it will be frustrating to me to read his negativity about the current time period, but I plan on putting in my current pile and read what he has to say with an open mind.
I have included a video for your enjoyment from the author speaking at TED Talks:
I have also included some reviews of the book: