Tracing the undoing of those very practices that had made America pre-eminent, this story is grim. But there is hope, for to comprehend the descent is to find the way back. Ten great policies and one supreme intangible were central to America's rise. This story dwells upon the upending of these policies and spirit. The book ends with a plan for America's recovery. This is not a discourse on the Constitution. The book follows instead such things as the money supply, national debt, trade and tariffs, taxes and spending, the courts, education, immigration, land use, foreign policy, our peculiar energy policy, and the patent system. Very revealing economic charts and maps are employed.