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The Genius of Israel

What One Small Nation Can Teach the World

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From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle comes the highly anticipated follow up, The Genius of Israel, which outlines the defining factors behind Israel’s successful track record of innovation and explaining how other nations can learn from its development.

In Start-Up Nation, Saul Singer and Dan Senor addressed the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel—a country of 7.1 million, only sixty years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources—produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the UK? Providing an astute analysis of Israel’s unique policies and culture, and practical conclusions about how other nations could learn from its example, Start-Up Nation became a worldwide bestseller, translated into thirty languages.

Now in their illuminating follow-up, The Genius of Israel, Senor and Singer study the global innovation race and present a new universal metric to evaluate where different nations stand in the quest to achieve new levels of innovation. They analyze the favorable and unfavorable circumstances that affect a country’s chance of making a dramatic leap forward, and illustrate how the world has greatly changed over the last decade. Bold, timely, and remarkably insightful, Senor and Singer’s latest work shines an important light on the impressive innovative accomplishments of Israel.

Saul Singer is the coauthor of the bestselling book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. He is a former Editorial Page Editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post. In Israel, Singer has briefed visiting executives from or spoken at the Israeli headquarters of companies such as: Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Xerox, General Electric, IBM, AT&T, Microsoft, and DuPont. Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served for ten years as an advisor to different US Members of Congress and on the staffs of the US House Foreign Affairs and Senate Banking Committees. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

Dan Senor is an executive at Elliott Management and coauthor of the bestseller Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. He was a senior advisor to Paul Ryan’s 2012 campaign for vice president and foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns. A former Defense Department official, Senor has been based in Baghdad and at US Central Command in Qatar, and was a US Senate aide in the 1990s. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post.

  • Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (November 1, 2022)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982115784

PRAISE FOR START-UP NATION:

"There is a great deal for America to learn from the very impressive Israeli entrepreneurial model. . . . Start-Up Nation is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders." Tom Brokaw

"In the midst of the chaos of the Middle East, there's a remarkable story of innovation. Start-Up Nation is . . . a timely book and a much-needed celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit." —Meg Whitman

"Senor and Singer's experience[s] . . . come to life in their illuminating, timely, and often surprising analysis." —George Stephanopoulos

"A book every single Arab businessman, Arab bureaucrat, and Arab politician should read." —Fareed Zakaria