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A contrarian analysis of how the United States can succeed in the technological race with Asia.

The emergence of India and China as economic powers has shifted the global landscape and called into question the ability of the United States to compete and maintain its technological lead. Advantage sorts out the challenges the United States faces and
focuses on what drives innovation, what constrains it, and what advantages we have to leverage.

Recasting the stakes of the debate, Adam Segal, an expert on technology and
foreign policy, makes the compelling case for the crucial role of the “software” of
innovation. By strengthening its politics, social relations, and institutions that move
ideas from the lab to the marketplace,the United States can play to its greatest
economic strengths and preserve its position as a global power. With up-to-the-minute economic and political data, this is a resounding call to tie innovation to larger social
 goals in an age of global science and technology.

Published by W.W. Norton in January 2011.

The best in this field. The most impressive recent book about “how American innovation can overcome the Asian challenge”, to use its subtitle, comes not from the journalist, lobbyist or industrialist, but from a think-tanker: Adam Segal of the Council on Foreign Relations.

His book, Advantage, offers by far the most sophisticated analysis of the complexity of international relationships between the US and emerging economies such as China and India, in which America is, in the words of one of his chapter headings, “trading with the (potential) enemy”.

 The Financial Times, March 25, 2011

"Recommended Read"

The Hindu, January 29, 2011

"A thoughtful new book on innovation" with a "striking argument about America's resilient, open, and risk-taking culture."

The Economist, January 27, 2011

"A new framework for thinking about East-West innovation competition."

Fast Company, January 21, 2011

"This lucid, stimulating                  analysis shows why America's open, multicultural society can make a significant contribution to innovation in the decades to come..."

Publishers Weekly

". . .a must for policymakers."


" A well-reasoned antidote to gloomy views of American decline."

Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University and author of The Future of Power

"A fascinating, intelligent, and ultimately optimistic exploration of one of the key challenges in American economic and security policy."

Ira Stoll, editor,, and author of Samuel Adams: A Life