Daniel Gross is one of the most widely-read writers on finance, economics, and business history. Over the past three decades, he has reported from more than 30 countries, covering everything from the dotcom boom and the rise of China to the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. He is currently the executive editor of Strategy+Business and previously served as the global business editor for Newsweek & The Daily Beast, as well as a featured columnist at Slate.

Gross has worked as a reporter at The New Republic and Bloomberg News, wrote the “Economic View” column in The New York Times, and served as Slate’s “Moneybox” columnist. At Newsweek, where he was a columnist and correspondent, he authored seven cover stories. A frequent guest on television and radio, he has contributed to more than 60 publications, including New York, Fortune, and the Washington Post.

Gross is a bestselling author of many books, including Forbes Greatest Business Stories of All Time; Generations of Corning; Dumb Money: How America’s Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation; and Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy; and A Banker's Journey: How Edmond J. Safra Built a Global Financial Empire (2022). Gross was educated at Cornell University and holds an AM in American history from Harvard University. His great-grandparents immigrated to the United States from Aleppo and Damascus.

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Global Growth is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Reading the financial press gives many people cause to believe the world is passing the U.S. by. There’s a widespread perception that the U.S. doesn’t make anything the world wants, that American companies have lost their edge in competing overseas, and that the domestic market has been left for dead. But Daniel Gross argues that global growth is not a zero-sum game; that instead of passing us by, the rapidly growing global economy is taking America with it.

Through his extensive reporting travels, Gross has seen first-hand: how U.S. exports (even unlikely ones) continue to power economic growth; why companies and investors are flocking to the U.S. in unprecedented numbers; how the U.S. is successfully importing business models and technologies from the developing world; and how U.S. companies continue to demonstrate an ability to create global economic ecosystems that invite innovation. In fact, the untold story of recent years has been the ability of U.S. companies large and small, established and upstarts, to engage with the world in new and important ways.

Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline... and the Rise of a New Economy

The pervasive sense of American economic decline has been one of the biggest and most damaging legacies of the financial crisis and deep recession. Rampant growth in China and emerging markets, coupled with seemingly intractable problems at home – huge deficits, political paralysis, high unemployment – have created a sense that America can no longer set the pace for the global economy. Gross lays out the rational case for optimism, noting the ways in which the U.S. has maintained economic leadership in recent years – and how it continues to do so. His argument is based on extensive reporting inside and outside the U.S., a deep knowledge of history, and an understanding of what makes the U.S. economy unique in an increasingly homogenized world.


A Banker's Journey: How Edmond J. Safra Built a Global Financial Empire

Who was Edmond J. Safra? “The greatest banker of his generation,” in the estimation of a former World Bank President. The founder of four massive financial institutions on three continents, and a proud child of Beirut’s Jewish quarter. An innovative avatar of financial globalization, and a faithful heir to a tradition of old-world banking. The leading champion and protector of the Sephardic diaspora. 

Better, Stronger, Faster: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy: The Myth of American Decline and the Rise of a New Economy

Through stories of innovative solutions devised by policy makers, businesses, investors, and consumers, Gross explains how America has the potential to emerge from this period, not as the unrivaled ruler of the global economy but as a healthier leader and an enabler of sustainable growth.

Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation

Dumb Money is a book that finally lays it all out in an engaging way, and might just help people invest their money smartly until the gloom passes.

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