How is it that Israel -- a country of 7.1 million inhabitants, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, shut off from the Middle East"s vast wealth and markets with no natural resources -- produces more startup companies than large, peaceful and stable nations like Canada, Japan, China, India and the United Kingdom? In "Start-Up Nation," Dan Senor and Saul Singer examine Israel"s survivalist, improvisational, anti-hierarchical and immigrant national ethos, showing how the country can inform America"s future. As America restarts its economy and works to re-energize its own entrepreneurial spirit, Senor and Singer look to Israel for some insight.
Senor is an adjunct senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. As a senior foreign policy adviser to the U.S. government, he was one of the longest-serving civilian officials in Iraq, and was awarded the Pentagon"s highest civilian honor. Senor"s analyses have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and Time magazine.