"I read The Cost of Winning with great interest because it is always valuable to read a political chronicle from the other side. Despite our political differences, I thought Cosgrove's arguments had a lot of validity. Disturbing as it may be to think that our society is headed for inevitable decline,The Cost of Winning is a shrewd, persuasive account that American society is in for some troubling times. Well done."
Michael R. Bloomberg
Bloomberg Financial Markets Commodities News
"Cosgrove's thesis is that the United States paid an extremely high price for its victory in the Cold War. The price was much more than the trillions spent on the national defense. The ultimate cost has been the destruction of this nation's social contract with its citizens, especially its promise of a rising standard of living in a secure domestic environment. ...Cosgrove takes us through the major events of post-World War II economic history, shows their contribution to the demise of the Soviet system, and their unintended negative consequences to American society. His suggestions for solving America's social and economic problems are drastic and are sure to generate heated debate but, as he sees it, the seriousness of the situation demands drastic solutions. This book is sure to generate a lot of soul-searching among policy-makers trying to restore the 'American dream' as we approach the 21st century."
Joseph A. Giacalone
Henry George Chair in Economics
St. Johns University
"Cosgrove provides a much needed and well-written perspective on current economic issues and political controversies facing the United States. In the often heated but unproductive discussions in Washington there has been little appreciation of 'how we got to the current state of affairs.' This book provides an excellent perspective on many of the key problems of the day. However, Cosgrove goes even further. He provides several constructive, innovative, yet controversial suggestions for problems as diverse as crime, tax burden, public education, and welfare. Readers may not agree with his suggestions, but they will appreciate his ability to get them to 'think out of the box."