Dr. Nouriel Roubini

Chairman and Co-Founder, Roubini Global Economics

“With rigorous logic, American Gridlock identifies five major problems confronting the nation. These range from salvaging today’s “lost decade,” to the unequal distribution of wealth, to preventing bankruptcy from “entitlements spending,” and to preventing future financial market crises. Woody Brock does not simply offer his opinions about these crises. Rather, he deduces win-win solutions to each of these from First Principles. It is high time for such a book, especially during a presidential election year.”

Ambassador Felix G. Rohatyn

Lazard Frères & Co. LLC

“Woody Brock is a brilliant economic thinker and we should heed his call for an Infrastructure Marshall Plan to lift our national economy. This book should be required reading for everyone who cares about America's future, particularly our elected officials.”

Mortimer Zuckerman

Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report; Chairman and Co-Publisher of the New York Daily News

“Woody Brock’s new book, American Gridlock is going to force everybody to think through their views on the critical issues of public policy facing America today. It is not just a question of a failure of leadership. It is also a question, as he puts it, of a failure of thought and analysis. He focuses on this in order to overcome what he terms “the Dialogue of the Deaf;” the shouting match between the Left and the Right and its inevitable manifestation as gridlock. Agree or not, this is the kind of book to which everybody should pay attention.”

Stan Druckenmiller

Chairman and CEO; Duquesne Family Office

“Woody Brock is one of America’s best kept secrets.  My firm has had the good fortune of benefiting from his in depth analysis of future political and economic trends for years.   American Gridlock allows the reader to do the same.”

Sir David Tang

Founder Shanghai Tang, and author of An Apple a Week

“Woody Brock is one of the most unreasonable men I know: because I agree with George Bernard Shaw that the reasonable man adapts himself to the world, whilst the unreasonable man persists in adapting the world to himself, and therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

Edward Smith

The London Times

“Woody Brock’s writings are often the first place I encounter issues that soon become central debates within public policy. He is prescient, penetrating, broad, surprising and wise. Some writers illuminate yesterday’s news, a few may shed light on tomorrows. But very few thinkers can help you to understand the issues that will shape not only next year, but also the next decade. As America faces a pivotal election, his book could not be more timely.”

Martin Barnes

Chief Economist, BCA Research

“The events of the past several years have clearly exposed the faults in standard economic and financial analysis. And the economics profession currently seems at a loss to provide credible and practical policy prescriptions for the current malaise facing the U.S. and other major countries. In this fascinating book, Woody Brock stands above the crowd with his original and well thought out plans for a sensible way forward to a brighter future . It is a welcome counter to the widespread gloom that surrounds most of the discussion of the outlook.”

Byron R. Wien

Vice Chairman, Blackstone Advisory Partners LP

“The world is bogged down by incremental thinking and yearns for some “big ideas” to liberate us from the serial crises that confront us. Over the years “Woody” Brock has proven himself as an original thinker whose solutions to problems often turn out to be right. Now, in this book, we have a set of recommendations that may put us on the right course.”

Joseph Dear

Chief Investment Officer, California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

“Woody Brock tackles America’s big problems at a breathtaking scale. No small ideas here. And no flinching from the conclusions which follow from the fierce logic he applies. Read this book to find a way forward out of the broken politics and doctrinaire policies that leave so many disgusted and depressed to the prospect of a genuine prosperity.”

Susan E. Manske

Vice President and Chief Investment Officer The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

“For any financial professional who has not had the benefit of Woody’s insight for the last two decades, this is your chance to catch-up. Woody thoughtfully addresses the critical issues facing our country and shows how they can be resolved using a different analytical approach. A must read for any serious market participant.”

Richard N. Foster

Investment & Advisory Services, LLC; former Managing Director, McKinsey & Company; Author of Creative Destruction

“Woody Brock is an American masterpiece. There is no one like Woody. No one is able to think as broadly as Woody, while simultaneously thinking so deeply. No one is as amusingly insightful, witty and provocative as Woody. Woody’s economics are a blend of deep, revolutionary, insight and common sense. I will never know how he does it, but I deeply appreciate that he does it. No one is a better catalyst for my own thinking than Woody. Read American Gridlock. Savor American Gridlock. Allow yourself to be provoked and prodded by American Gridlock. Then put it down, go fishing, then reread a month later. You will be deeply and lastingly rewarded for your efforts.”

James Fallows

The Atlantic

“For decades Woody Brock has enlightened a select audience with his logically rigorous, factually impeccable analyses of past developments and future trends. Time and again I have seen his insights prove true, especially in cases where he has challenged the prevailing wisdom of the era. Now for the first time he addresses a general readership, with a comprehensive assessment of how to cope with the most intractable public problems of our time. I don’t agree with every one of his prescriptions, which is why I am all the more sincere in recommending the thoroughness and rigor of his logic.”

Lord Howell of Guildford

Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

American Gridlock is a major endeavour containing deeply profound insights. It requires the courage to see that economics has largely failed and must be replaced as the master discipline by political theory and science, and with a new emphasis on fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and rewards. Woody Brock is one of the few thinkers of our times who can tackle this mountainous task and unlock the paralysis in which the increasingly muddled debate about Capitalism has plunged us.”

Don Coxe

Chairman, Coxe Advisors LLP

“If Woody Brock did not exist, God would have had to invent him. He is a unique, challenging thinker who makes most conventional economic forecasters look like trend-followers. Serious investors and students of public policy should be delighted that he has finally written a book in which his renowned analytical approach focuses on public policy. This is badly-needed fresh air in a seriously polluted environment.”

Scott Bessent

Chief Investment Officer, Soros Fund Management

American Gridlock provides a compelling framework for citizens, policymakers and market participants to overhaul their views on many important issues of the day. The power of Woody Brock’s approach— emphasizing deductive reasoning and eschewing information overload—makes this elegantly written book a must read for those who value understanding over data. I would suggest burying oneself in American Gridlock before occupying Wall Street, the executive suite or public office.”

Christian Casal

Office Manager McKinsey & Company, Switzerland

“H. Woody Brock is one of the few leading economists who can combine high-powered theory and deductive logic to yield practical solutions to real-world issues. He constantly surprises and inspires with new creative inputs and insights. In his latest book, he provides thought-provoking ideas on how to get a polarized and gridlocked America on the path to progress.”

John H. Carlson

Fidelity Investments, Boston

“If you can handle the truth about America’s Lost Decade, Phiberalism, Leverage, Thugocracies, and Distributive Justice then American Gridlock is a must read. You will leave behind today’s heads I win, tails you lose mentality. No more repetitive talking heads, know it all politicians and tired academics. Woody offers up common sense solutions based on sound reasoning to today’s pressing problems. Finally, the TRUTH!”

Jan L. Yeomans

Vice President & Treasurer, 3M

American Gridlock delivers desperately needed fresh air and sunlight, dispelling the funk and gloom that are dampening the American spirit. Woody Brock defines five critical problems confronting the US today and leads the reader to compelling win-win policies that will break the current gridlock and put America on a path to sustainable prosperity. His work is original and of critical importance. The clear thinking and optimism of one of the world’s great thinkers obviates the need to contemplate writing America’s obituary. Anyone with a vested interest in our future should place American Gridlock at the top of his reading list.”

Michael Roux

Chairman, Australian Davos (ADC) Forum

“Woody is a paragon for prosperity, and he is a master of truth and its processes – something our postmodern age has let drift out of the public discourse. He must be read by politicians, policymakers, CEOs and advisers, and by everyone concerned with today’s problems and building a sustainable and prosperous future. He shows how it can be done without unnecessary pain, making this book the antidote to the current global economic and financial malaise.”

Keith Ambachtsheer

Director, Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

“If ever there was a time when a fresh, original approach to understanding the challenges facing democratic capitalism was needed, it is surely now. This book offers such an approach, and provides novel answers to wickedly difficult questions about the sustainability of our way of life in the 21st Century. I have admired Woody Brock’s creative strategies to address complex issues for decades, and rank this book as his greatest, and most important effort yet.”

Ed Sullivan

Ph.D., CFA, Managing Director, General Motors Asset Management

American Gridlock surpasses the lofty expectations of a long-standing client. To provide “win-win” solutions to our most vexing economic problems, Woody employs commonsense coupled with profound and not often cited academic principles. His analysis addresses the challenges — deficits, entitlements, financial meltdowns, dealing with China, and Distributive Justice — that must be confronted to arrest the decline of the West. Most impressively, his is a refreshingly independent and optimistic voice in an era of partisanship and pessimism.”

Will McLean

VP & CIO, Northwestern University

American Gridlock, the new book by Woody Brock, should be required reading in Washington. First, because it is offers real solutions to many of today’s biggest problems that are based on solid grounding in economic and political theory. Secondly, because it offers real hope that there is a way out if only folks will start to think differently and creatively.”

J. Pepe Fanjul

Vice-Chairman, President and COO of Fanjul Corp. and Florida Crystals Corp

“I have known Woody for many years and have always admired his brilliance on economic issues. He has advised many of us on looming economic disasters including his prediction of the crash in 2008. Not surprisingly, in American Gridlock: Why the Left and Right are Both Wrong, Woody, like only he can do, diagnoses the persistent problems in today’s economy then sets his sights on prescriptions for fixing them – prescriptions that others are unable or unwilling to see. This stunning work is wholly different than anything that has come before it, with invaluable insights for policymakers, businessmen, and everyday citizens alike. This book is a must read for anyone who longs for Washington D.C. to stop the shouting and start addressing our nation’s problems in a real and meaningful way.”

Sir Roderick Carnegie AC

Chairman, Pacific Edge Group

American Gridlock provides the first optimistic analysis suggesting how the United States can recover its leadership position and solve its strategic financial dilemmas. The U.S. has lost its moral and political compass. Woody Brock suggests it can be regained by using an approach to the issues based on reasoning from first principles, clear definition and consistent logic. Everyone interested in the future of American leadership must read and study this book. It is hard work but worth it.”

Kevin Starr

University Professor and Professor of History, University of Southern California. Author of Americans and the California Dream, 1850-1915.

“Across the years, the noted decision theorist Dr. H. Woody Brock has advised a global clientele of public and private sector leaders faced with crucial challenges. Thanks to this deeply intelligent, clearly written, and heartfelt book, the commonsensical wisdom of a legendary advisor to investors, corporations, republics, kingdoms, foundations, and NGOs, now comes home to the USA, where it is sorely needed.”

Dennis Schwartz

Vice President, Pension Fund & Investments, Deere and Company

“Woody’s writings including his new book, American Gridlock, should be required reading for all current and aspiring members of Congress and the White House. He always provides well founded and insightful commentary that identifies and explains complex developments in economics and finance and provides practical solutions to the enormous challenges facing the United States and the world economy.”

Peter Crone

Chief Economist, Business Council of Australia and former Senior Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable John Howard

“Woody Brock presents a powerful and provocative explanation of a public choice system that has lost its way. Through compelling logic and lucid narrative, he offers a bold solution to the current crisis and paints a picture of an economic future that can be salvaged. This book is compulsory reading for anyone with a serious interest in public policy.”

Chris Doheny

Associate Director of Asset Allocation and Risk, The Ford Foundation

“Woody Brock is a master at explaining complex, highly mathematical and often overlooked economic theories in terms any investor can understand. In American Gridlock, he uses new and sophisticated economic theory to derive win-win solutions to five of America’s most pressing problems. His focus on deductive logic provides clarity of thought that should serve as a standard for economic and financial writers everywhere.”

Benjamin M. Friedman

William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University, author, The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth

“Over a career spanning four decades, Woody Brock has thought and written about the central economic and political problems of our time. He’s consistently offered a novel perspective: an original view that uses economics, but from the outside. Woody is also one of the most public-spirited Americans I know. In this new book he presents a highly personal analysis of our country’s five principal challenges as he sees them; Woody cares, and so should everyone else.”

Gregory B. Craig

Partner, Skadden; and former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama

“I have read your preface, and I am happy to endorse your effort to end gridlock in America. If only our leaders would take the time to read a chapter or two of your book — and have the courage to shed some of their non-negotiable ideological predispositions — the country would benefit beyond measure. Thank you for taking the time to write it all down. What you have done is a great gift to us all.”

Graham Bradley

President, Business Council of Australia

“Having read Woody Brock’s reports avidly for over 20 years, I look forward to his book with keen anticipation. His special ability for clear-headed analysis and making deep academic thinking accessible and relevant is unrivalled. His book promises to contain uniquely compelling insights.”

Gary Bruebaker

CFA, CPA, CCM, Chief Investment Officer, Washington State Investment Board

“I have had the privilege of knowing Woody for almost 3 decades. As usual, Woody uses his unique style to cut through the noise and misconceptions to land squarely on the real issues at hand. Woody correctly points out that solutions to our nation’s most important challenges will require reasoning from First Principles to move from gridlock to win-win solutions. Woody’s observations are always thought provoking.”

Rudolf Stahl

Vice Chairman Bank Gutmann, Austria

“This book is a timely reminder of the benevolent power of rigorous logical analysis when applied to even the thorniest of issues affecting our societies. It is an inspiration to anybody deeply troubled by the seeming demise of the moral, political and economic foundations of the West. A brilliant and marvellously constructive contribution to a desperately needed political dialogue.”

David Hale

Chairman, David Hale Global Economics, Inc.

“Woody Brock’s book offers some innovative proposals to prevent the US from experiencing a lost decade. He addresses issues as diverse as the health care crisis, the country’s need for greater infrastructure investment, the origins of the recent financial crisis, and China’s mercantilist trade strategy. He offers a truly comprehensive perspective rooted in a search for justice.”

Paul Desmarais, Jr.


“Woody Brock brings clarity to complexity. For over two decades we have been exposed to Woody Brock’s novel approach to understanding the numerous economic issues that we have confronted in making long-term investments. His insight and ability to simplifying complex issues has helped us better comprehend the major economic shifts that affect all of us in today’s business world.”

Alfred Roelli

Co-Head and Chief Operating Officer of the Financial Research Department, Pictet & Cie, Geneva

“For over a quarter of a century, Woody Brock has been carefully constructing tools to analyze and understand key issues in economics and finance. Against the prevalent backdrop of a sterile ‘Waste Land’ of ephemeral information, his Socratic “correct thinking” allows him to address policy issues and to propose elegant and relevant solutions. I have enjoyed everything I ever read by Woody and he has been invaluable in investment matters at several critical junctures over the last quarter century. Finding a sort of summa of his thought in one astonishing piece of work is a pure pleasure.”

Scobie D. Ward

co-founder and CIO of Ward Ferry Management

“A must read for policy makers and investors alike, American Gridlock applies much needed clear thinking to the challenges of today and opportunities for tomorrow.”

Jeffrey L. Knight

Investment Executive, Boston, Massachusetts

“For years, Woody has provided for clients like me a framework to understand, and anticipate, world events. Woody’s style is unique, focusing on truth and disciplined deduction rather than data and interpretation, and his style works. Here, Woody applies his methods to some of America’s biggest challenges, and not a moment too soon.”

David Villa

CIO, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

“For the past fifteen years, Woody’s essays challenged this reader to consider the range of outcomes as a distribution, not a single expectation. Woody helps readers answer the question, ‘what am I missing’?”

Jonathan Kelly

Fidelity Management & Research Co., Boston

“Americans are awakening to the realization that our economic challenges require deeper solutions than the short-sighted sound bites offered up by politicians defending their piece of the status quo. Having watched Woody Brock take on and rigorously solve many of the complex questions of economics and finance over the last 20 years, I am thrilled that he has produced a manifesto for how to refocus economic policy. I urge everyone to give it their full attention.”

Christoph Kampitsch

Head of Institutional Sales, European Bank

“H. Woody Brock has the rare ability to explain complex issues for simple minds like me. I wish Europe had someone like him who tells the public and governments what has to be done today to be able to prosper in the future.”