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Table of Contents
Introduction to Part 1
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Myths of Manufacturing
Chapter 3: The Economy as an Ecosystem
Introduction to Part 2
Introduction to Part 3
Conclusion: Beginning the world all over again
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From Praeger Press: "Manufacturing Green Prosperity: The Power to Rebuild the American Middle Class" connects two critical issues: the importance of manufacturing to the growth and fair distribution of national wealth and the need to create an environmentally sustainable society. In so doing, the book offers groundbreaking arguments demonstrating the centrality of manufacturing and shows ways in which creating a green economy will rebuild U.S. manufacturing and expand the middle class.Drawing from the fields of political science, economics, ecology, history, engineering, and philosophy, the author challenges existing myths about manufacturing, exposes the weaknesses of neoclassical economics, and proposes a production-centered alternative. America, he persuasively argues, needs a sophisticated, green manufacturing base in order to create an entirely new transportation and energy infrastructure—one that will make cities ecologically sustainable; prevent the worst effects of global warming; protect vulnerable ecosystems; and counter the depletion of oil, coal, and other critical natural resources.

“Right now America’s economy is declining in real wealth production and heading for ecological disaster at the same time. In this insightful book, Jon Rynn shows how we can solve both problems simultaneously. The solution is to invest in new green infrastructure and manufacturing. This is a timely and convincing call for action that our political and economic leaders should read and heed.”

Peter Barnes, author of Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons

"If you are among the 95 percent of this country for whom the current economy is not working, then this book is for you. Rynn offers a blueprint for rebuilding our cities, our transport, our energy systems, and the rest of our economy in a way that is good for people and the planet."

John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for Policy Studies

"Jon Rynn's work is a most carefully crafted analysis of how economy works...There can be no contradiction between the 'greening of America' and the machine retooling of America" (More)

Marcus Raskin, Co-founder, Institute for Policy Studies

"Organizing our resources, our energy supplies and rethinking capital investment through major shifts in national budgeting can achieve new sources of economic strength and sustain a high quality of life. Rynn refers to this as the “Green Transformation”...the bottom line is that we must reindustrialize – sooner rather than later. This is at the heart of Rynn’s work."

From the preface, Robert Paaswell, interim President of the City College of New York

“In this excellent book, Jon Rynn shows us a way out - in effect a "New Green Deal". But Rynn's approach entails discarding many of the neo-liberal shibboleths of the past 30
years, notably our irrational hatred 'industrial policy'" (More).

Marshall Auerback, global portfolio strategist, blogger for the Roosevelt Institute

“Rynn has written a very important book that should be read and debated vigorously by concerned citizens across the ideological spectrum -- all one has to do is to drive through our nation's rust belt to see why our future depends on just the kind of debate Rynn's book will stimulate.” (More).

Franklin Spinney, retired Pentagon analyst, Author of Defense Facts of Life

“Jon Rynn's "Manufacturing Green Prosperity" is a valuable contribution to the efforts to improve our world. It combines empirical research and historical analysis with a visionary articulation of the kind of society possible and needed if we are avoid the very real threat of escalating ecological and social disasters this century. Those who understand the truth of these dangers will be strengthened and challenged by the reading of this book.”

Ted Glick, Policy Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network