America and Its Rivals

A Comparison Among the Nations of China, Russia, and the United States
by Michael D. Dulberger
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Publisher: Bernan Press

Publication Date: May 07, 2018

ISBN: 9781598889994

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How does the United States compare when objectively measured shoulder-to-shoulder against the world’s two most influential autocracies? This full-color book provides a solid foundation to enable the reader to create informed opinions about China, Russia, and the United States through comparative examination of their global status and the quality of their peoples’ lives. Data resources—created by many respected organizations including the World Bank, the United Nations, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and Freedom House, to name a few—have been mined to provide direct comparisons between many key characteristics including health, wealth, poverty, education, employment, crime, imprisonments, freedoms, happiness, natural resources, infrastructure, debt, taxes, trade, military assets, and nuclear warheads.

It is the author’s mission to present meaningful data—all with attributed sources—in an inviting, graphic format to convey much more information than would be possible in tabular form. By directly displaying data the usual biases and filters are bypassed enhancing your ability to draw your own conclusions. This visual approach very effectively reveals trends and makes differences between nations and their people self-evident.

In the United States (2016):

  • 64,100 people died of drug overdose and 2.2 million people were in prisons
  • The top twenty percent of households received 51.5 percent of all income
  • 1.2 trillion dollars were added to debt and 241 billion was paid in interest
  • Foreigners held one-third of federal debt including 1.1 trillion by China

In comparison with the United States Russia had:

  • 12.5 years lower life expectancy for males born in 2016 (only 65.0 years)
  • Double the homicide rate and 40 percent higher suicide rate
  • 60 percent higher alcohol consumption per capita
  • An economy one-fifth as large, measured by GDP in ...