If you look at where nearly all of the clothes in your closet were manufactured, as Dan Griswold does at the opening of Mad about Trade, the picture is clear. China, Canada, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Peru, Korea, Egypt, India, Mexico, Thailand, and more—a United Nations of pants, shirts, ties, and jackets. In every sense of the word, trade suits us exceedingly well.
Politicians and pundits can rage against free trade and globalization, but much of what they convey is myth. Griswold embraces the global marketplace and shows how free trade is the American family’s best friend. But, it’s not just about better and cheaper goods. As Griswold compellingly details, over the past three decades trade and an open global economy have created a more prosperous, democratic, and peaceful world.
Before you accept what you hear on cable TV and talk radio, consider the real story of America’s growing integration in the world economy presented in Mad about Trade. This book is a must‐read for every American who wonders where we are all headed in this more open world of ours.