Reviews of End of the Line


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Washington Post.

“Tom Friedman for grown-ups.”

The New York Review:

A “powerful polemic… wide-ranging and thoroughly researched.” Lynn’s proposals “represent a clear shift from the naive faith in the benign effects of global market forces that has shaped American policy since the cold war.”

Lynn “challenges the belief that by increasing interdependence among the world’s economies globalization thereby enhances their stability. On the contrary, it is having the effect of reducing stability – not least in the United States.”

USA Today

“The threat that Lynn identifies is real, and it is clear that CEOs, shareholders and legislators should take note of what he has to say.”

“A great primer on the history of the corporate movement toward outsourcing, logistics and single sourcing… A strength of the book is Lynn’s depth of research into the political, economic and cultural climates that led to our current business model.”

The Economist

“A chilly blast against globalisation. But it is not the usual, ill-informed rant against “evil” global corporations.”

“The way the world now makes things is fascinatingly described in this book.”

Salon

“Should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding what globalization has wrought.”

“Lynn’s argument challenges the current dominant paradigm on its own terms, making a compelling case that the long-term economic effects of shareholder-run capitalism will be disastrous, for both balance sheets and the realpolitik arena of international relations.”

The American Prospect

“If you want to feel good about globalization, read Friedman. If you want a report on the underside of globalization, read William Greider. If you want to understand how the dominant business model of our time contains the seeds of future crises, read Lynn.”

“A compelling case that the Achilles heel of the global economy is precisely its most successful organizations — the ones that have been most relentless about reducing costs, mastering logistics, and outsourcing every conceivable operation.”

Bloomberg

“Offers realistic suggestions for how the U.S. government might make the world a more stable place, beginning with a greater willingness to use its antitrust clout.”

“Lynn forces us to think about the world that the West has created since the crackdown in Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.”

Business Week

“Drawing the link between Washington’s policy-bungling and corporate shortsightedness is provocative stuff, and Lynn, a longtime business journalist, hammers home his message with apt references to contemporary corporate history.”

Foreign Affairs

“Lynn makes the important point that the dispersion of the production of components around the world — outsourcing — increases the vulnerability of corporate supply chains to disruptions, whether natural or human in origin.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“A brilliant examination of the global economy and its danger zones. It’s a book everyone concerned about our national and economic security should read.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Lynn correctly insists upon treating the global production system as a human invention – as a tool – rather than as an inevitable fact of life. His recommendations involve reorienting corporations toward serving the public good, which is an important first step.”

USNews

“A fresh argument against globalization, focused not on offshoring or trade imbalances but economic security.”