William J. Holstein is the author most recently of "The Next American Economy: Blueprint For a Real Recovery." He has covered international economic and business issues for more than 30 years, starting in 1979 when he covered the modernization of China's economy while based in Hong Kong for United Press International. He lived in China and has traveled extensively in Japan and South Korea, allowing him to trace the connections between East Asia and the United States. Back home, Holstein has criss-crossed the country on assignment for Business Week, U.S. News & World Report and Business 2.0 to study American companies and regions that are successful in pursuing technology strategies. He also has written for The New York Times and Fortune. His previous book was entitled, "Why GM Matters: Inside the Race to Transform an American Icon." It was published in 2009.