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A Fine Mess

    T. R. Reid once again looks around the world for policy guidance in an area where the United States could do better. In A Fine Mess -- A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax Code, Reid looks at countries like ours --advanced, high-tech capitalist democracies --and finds that they have made taxation vastly simpler than our convoluted, inequitable system. In the Netherlands, filing your income tax return takes 15 minutes; in Britain and Japan, it takes no time, because the revenue agency fills out the return for you. And many countries spread the tax burden more fairly, with the richest people paying the most tax (unlike the U.S.). 

Sick Around the World

T. R. Reid visits five industrialized democracies to learn how they manage to provide high-quality health care for everybody -- while spending half as much as the U.S. does on medical costs.

Reimagining Japan

This book, published in the summer of 2011 by Shogakukan in Japan and Simon & Schuster in the U.S., is a collection of essays about Japan's role in the world. T. R. Reid's section of the book contemplates how the Japanese will recover from the triple disaster of March 11, 2011.
Reid's take is generally hopeful: "The Japanese are good at recovering from disaster; after all, they've had a lot of practice."

Nippon no Mirai ni Tsuite Hanasou

This book, published in the summer of 2011, is the Japanese edition of "Reimagining Japan." The book has essays by some of Japan's leading journalists, including the estimable Funabashi Yoichi and T. R. Reid's one-time co-author, Hirokane Kenshi.
T. R. Reid's section of the book predicts that Japan will respond to the disasters with its standard traits of patience, order, and hard work

The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

A New York Times-best-seller. T. R. Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost. The paperback edition of the book includes a plain-English explanation of the 2010 health care reform bill, known to some as the "Affordable Care Act" and to others as "ObamaCare."
"Extremely good, and extremely readable. It is the clearest and most useful contribution to the ongoing health care debate that I've read."
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post

Sick Around the World

The Frontline Documentary "Sick Around the World" follows T. R. Reid as he reports on health care systems in five rich countries.

India--A Second Opinion

In the film for the PBS program "Frontline World," T. R. Reid takes his bum shoulder to an ayurvedic clinic in Tamil Nadu, India for treatment -- and it works!

The United States of Europe: The New Superpower and the End of American Supremacy

A New York Times best-seller.  To Americans accustomed to unilateralism abroad and social belt-tightening at home, few books could be more revelatory—or controversial—than this timely, lucid, and informative portrait of the new European Union.

Confucius Lives Next Door: What Living in the East Teaches Us About Living in the West

“A provocative and entertaining portrayal...unfolds with insight, wry amusement, and unforgettable portraits that do indeed teach us as much about ourselves as about those living in ‘the East.’”
The Washington Post Book World

The Chip: How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution

“Satisfying as both bibliography and basic science text, the book perfectly captures the independence and near-obsessive problem-solving talents of the two men.”
Detroit Free Press

"Delightful....A splendid job!"
New York Times

"A triumph of good reporting."
Theodore H. White

Ski Japan!

The definitive English language guide to Japan's great ski resorts. Covers more than 100 major ski areas --plus a few examples of that unique Japanese innvoation, the indoor ski resort. Published by Kodansha International.