How Washington Gave Away America's Technological Soul, And One Man's Fight To Bring It Home

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The story of one citizen's fight to preserve a US stake in the future of clean energy and the elements essential to high tech industries and national defense.

American technological prowess used to be unrivaled. But because of globalization, and with the blessing of the U.S. government, once proprietary materials, components and technologies are increasingly commercialized outside the U.S. Nowhere is this more dangerous than in China's monopoly of rare earth elements-materials that are essential for nearly all modern consumer goods, gadgets and weapons systems.

Jim Kennedy is a retired securities portfolio manager who bought a bankrupt mining operation. The mine was rich in rare earth elements, but he soon discovered that China owned the entire global supply and manufacturing chain. Worse, no one in the federal government cared. Dismayed by this discovery, Jim made a plan to restore America's rare earth industry. His plan also allowed technology companies to manufacture rare earth dependent technologies in the United States again and develop safe, clean nuclear energy. For years, Jim lobbied Congress, the Pentagon, the White House Office of Science and Technology, and traveled the globe to gain support. Exhausted, down hundreds of thousands of dollars, and with his wife at her wits' end, at the start of 2017, Jim sat on the edge of victory, held his breath and bet it all that his government would finally do the right thing.

Like Beth Macy's Factory Man , this is the story of one man's efforts to stem the dehumanizing tide of globalization and Washington's reckless inaction. Jim's is a fight we need to join.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc,, 2017
ISBN: 9781632862587
Branch Call Number: 355.240973 Bruce
Characteristics: x, 288 pages ;,25 cm


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Jul 08, 2017

// I no longer have any faith in the veracity of mainstream media science or economics reporting, . . . . \\ - - Victoria Bruce, author of Sellout
Welcome to the club, Ms. Bruce! Any so-called national security expert who isn't discussing what Ms. Bruce covers in this book should be dismissed out of hand [and I believe that covers all of them]. Gen. Adams sums it up most succinctly on p. 249.
I long ago gave up on the Congressional Research Service as being too politicized to be of any value, further confirmed by Ms. Bruce's book! [Although still read those GAO reports, though]
After reading this book you will likely come to the same conclusion I reached some time ago: under Clinton, Bush and Obama [and Newt Gingrich when he was Speaker of the House], there was NO national security!
I confess to ignorance of Masato Sagawa and John Croat, glad she covers them here!
Reading the book, Rare, by Keith Veronese while concurrently reading Sellout is highly recommended. Rare is an excellent explanatory work on rare earth elements and Mr. Veronese even covers the murder of Litvinenko in the UK with polonium-210 by Russian assassin, Andrei Lugovoi. For a thorough read on those Russian murders in the UK including the follow-up murder of the British scientist who uncovered the cause of the murder, please read the story at buzzfeed:
Quite similar to another series of murders in the UK back in the 1980s, analyzed by a former CIA analyst here:


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