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Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Saul Singer, Dan Senor

Narrated By: Sean Pratt

Publisher: Gildan Media

Date: October 2009

Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes


START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel-- a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources-- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK?

With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality-all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore and Dubai have tried to re-create the 'Israel effect', there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there's never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.


  • Cynthia B

    This book was recommended by a friend as a 'must read' before next summers trip to Israel. I am so glad she turned me onto it. Beside giving me a wonderfully complete historical background it painted a beautiful story of the resourcefulness and ingenuity of the Jewish people. (Of which I am not one) Those factors have shaped the national personality and I feel I am infinitely better prepared to appreciate the people and the new stories I will hear during my visit. Aside from a 'pre-trip read', I would recommend this to any one who loves finance, economics, technology, military ingenuity and old fashioned hard work. I bought copies for my 24 year old son, his friend and my financial advisor. I fear I have made it sound like a dry textbook. It most definitely is NOT. It is quick read that is also engaging and filled with anecdotes that made it a delightful experience. The narration was clear and concise but also wonderfully expressive. I highly recommend you buy and read it.

  • Roi E

    Very interesting book. Drills down into what makes Israel successful. Great for anyone who wants to better understand what makes Israel such a unique place for innovation. Recommended for Israelis and non Israelis alike

  • Gil Nussbaum

    An absolute must!

  • roy wolman

    Great book and Narrator. Really interesting to learn what Israel was able to accomplish in such a short period of time and its special state of mind and the reasons behind it

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