New book claims declining America can still recover its spirit of greatness

In “‘Amerika:’ Survival of an Empire,” former corporate executive Gerhard Geyer explains how his adopted country can regain its ‘tinkering spirit’ that brought him from rags to riches
(PR NewsChannel) / May 30, 2012 / SARASOTA, Fla. 


"'Amerika'" by Gerhard Geyer

In “‘Amerika:’ Survival of an Empire” (ISBN 1470182599), Gerhard Geyer tackles why the historic spirit of Yankee optimism has been fading and what we can do to recover it. For much of its life, the United States has rightly been celebrated for its entrepreneurial spirit, its commitment to free speech and its embrace of “tinkering geniuses.”

Now as the ongoing recession tightens its grip, unemployment is at its highest level since the Great Depression, more Americans than ever are dependent on federal benefits, public schools are failing and our debts to foreign nations are mounting.

“Unfortunately, it seems that we are losing our footing,” says Geyer. “It appears that America is currently following the steps that led to the collapse of the British Empire after World War II.”

The author notes that the country has shed seven million middle-class factory jobs while facing mounting threats from China and Russia. He worries about the increasing concentration of power in Washington as the rest of the country falters, yet his book is far from a prophecy of doom and gloom. The author outlines several strategies for the country to regain its greatness in commerce, science and education.

Geyer knows the country’s can-do spirit and entrepreneurial zeal is more than a myth. After fleeing a ruined Germany after WWII, he arrived in America as a penniless immigrant. Nonetheless, he went on to earn a master’s degree and enjoy a long, successful career as a corporate executive for a major company. 

“‘Amerika:’ Survival of an Empire” is a thought-provoking book that asks if we are losing our edge and giving in to discouragement. Ultimately, he comes out swinging, arguing for a reinvigorated America like the prosperous one of a half-century ago that inspired him to leave his ruined homeland. 

“‘Amerika:’ Survival of an Empire” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Gerhard Geyer emigrated from his native Germany after World War II. After arriving in the United States penniless, he went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Boston University. He became a corporate executive at a major company and spent the next 30 years there. Last year, he published the book, “Ford Motor Company: The Greatest Corporate Turnaround In U.S. History.”

Gerhard Geyer



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