Sachs offers an honest account of the current economic and political environment in 2010-2011. He exposes the government (Democrats & Republicans) disregard for the will of the US citizenry and explains his view of how and why we got into the situation we are in. Sachs covers taxes, unemployment, wealth, political influence, poverty, entitlement programs, pollution, education etc. Obviously change is needed and the status quo only serves a small portion of our populace. What the author does that many other books don't do is offer solutions to the problems. This sets him apart and even if his solutions are not a precise roadmap they are a good indication of what needs to be done and what can be done.