From inside cover: Tom Paines's "Common Sense". Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle". Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique". All are calls to action, rallying cries for change. Now "The United States of Incompetence" will hit America in the psychic solar plexus and serve as a lightning rod for a lot of free-floating anxiety and rage.
Beginning with tales of incompetence he has observed himself (a bridge near his home that for some reason can't be fixed for three years), Art Carey discusses the decline of morals, the decline of family, the decline of education, the decline of the work ethic, and the decline of quality--enlivening his arguments with accounts of other witnesses, such as a fed-up teacher, a fed-up construction executive, a fed-up factory worker. "The United States of Incompetence" is packed with information, and not only is its point of view distinctive, but Carey's ability to synthesize the issues facing America today without over-intellectualizing or overcomplicating them makes this a startling and rousing contribution to the national debate.