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The Cul-De-Sac Syndrome
Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream
by John F. Wasik

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After a lifetime of research and observation, an agonizing decline of the housing market, publication delays and collapse of the stock market, my Cul-de-Sac Syndrome has braved all odds to be published.

Why should you care about this book? Its about our homes and communities and how we need to re-invent, re-envision and re-build the American Dream if we want to survive in this contentious century. Economics meets ecology in this radical new look at what weve taken for granted as a birthright.

I can speak to your group about the startling implications and recommendations in the Cul-De-Sac Syndrome. I can tell you which housing markets will rebound and which will continue to falter. Ill also tell you what kinds of homes and communities will prosper in the future and what it means for the U.S. and global economy.

For speaking information, johnwasik@gmail.com.

Hear What the Initial Reviewers Had to Say

"John Wasik's The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome offers enough to chew on for three sets of teeth, enough to digest for three stomachs, and the alerts the mind faster than an approaching siren."

--Ralph Nader, Consumer advocate

"Get ready for a totally original look at the American dream. Wasik delivers the first truly multidisciplinary examinationusing planning, law, architecture, and history to focus on working solutions that can keep the dream alive. This is a winner!"

Paul B. Farrell, JD, PhD. Columnist, MarketWatch.com and author of The Millionaire Code

"This excellent book takes a ground-level look at the causes of our housing crisis and offers a myriad of ideas on reinventing the concepts of home and community.

Ilyce R. Glink, syndicated real estate columnist, author of 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask

"A genuine kick to the head, showing how our individual quests for the biggest house on the hill is destroying our environment, the economy, and our health. But The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome is no dead end. It offers a new, green, urbanized promised land with real community, more free time, and a higher living standard. It's a masterful blueprint to unpave paradise and restore the world we cherish."

Laurence Kotlikoff, Co-author of Spend 'Til the End: The Revolutionary Guide to Raising Your Living StandardToday and When You Retire, and Professor of Economics at Boston University

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To contact the author, johnwasik@gmail.com or 312-246-1121.

In The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome (Bloomberg Press, June 2009) John Wasik examines the American dream and questions whether the typical suburban home is the right dream for now. This is an incisive look at the consequences of todays costly and damaging suburban lifestyle and the specific areas at risk.

Here are some uncomfortable questions the book asks:

  • Is homeownership for everyone?
  • Who will win and lose when the housing market recovers?
  • When is the housing market going to rebound?
  • Which areas are poised for growth?
  • Why green homes and communities make sense for every area and how they will make housing affordable again.
  • Why will getting rid of the car and making communities walkable again help address the housing crisis.
  • How the old way of building homes and subdivisions was unsustainable and created spurbs.
  • Read about solutions to the sustainable dream:

  • Unlink property taxes from school funding and local development.
  • Revitalize inner cities and suburbs instead of building in the middle of nowhere
  • Re-invent the American home and community to make it affordable and green.
  • Throw out the car and rewrite building and zoning codes
  • About the Author

    John Wasik has won 18 journalism awards, including several from the National Press Club, for consumer and business journalism. His Merchant of Power was praised by Studs Terkel and well reviewed by the New York Times. Wasik is a financial columnist for Bloomberg News and the author of 11 other books. He has appeared on such national media as NBC, NPR, and PBS.

    For an interview with the author or a media review copy, contact: Yvette Romero, yromero1@bloomberg.net, 212-617-8617.

    Published by Bloomberg Press June 2009

    978-1-57660-320-8 224 pages 6" x 9" hardcover

    $24.95 US $27.95 CAN