Sonic Boom coverby Gregg Easterbrook ’76

Easterbrook is the author of six books and contributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly and the New Republic. In his previous book, “The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse,” he argued that, by all standards, American life has been getting better and better for generations, and compelled us to use our prosperity to improve the lives of the disenfranchised around the world. Here he extends his theory to the now-familiar territory of globalization, showing how since World War II the greatest nations of the world have put more of their resources into economic growth and less into military spending. According to Easterbrook, this has all been fueled by reductions in import tariffs and relaxed trade restrictions.

ISBN-13: 978-0812974133. Published by Random House; 2010.