— "Robert Reich’s agenda remains…a vigorous and welcome redefinition of modern liberalism. He seeks nothing less than a redefinition of our national myths in ways which make sense in the current world. The reigning myths of the Reagan era lie in shambles after his searching probe" — Commonweal
– "Mr. Reich’s work is more than a broadside against liberal fiddlers. It is also a bold attempt to understand the basic cultural myths that determine how policy makers weave their individual programs into a ‘story’ that resonates with voters"
– Wall Street Journal
– "Reich’s analysis, driven by the specific sources of our competitive disadvantage relative to the Japanese, is quite original….Reich’s imagery is frighteningly on the mark. He asks us, correctly, I think, to consider a new intellectual and emotional framework for everything from interpersonal to economic to security dealings….His shift of the debate beyond quick-fix management devices and annual policy choices is path-breaking" — Washington Monthly
– "An elegantly written exposition and critique of contemporary American political mythology and a fervent plea for a new one" — Village Voice
– "His insights…are critically relevant to the debate over competitiveness. Reich’s diagnosis is compelling" — Business Week
– "Searching, literate and intelligent … I recommend this book to everyone interested in the ideas that shape our country’s political life." — Mario Cuomo