There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century
"As a memoir this is hard to put down; if you are seeking a better American future you should pick it up.”—Timothy Snyder, New York Times best-selling author of On Tyranny
A celebrated foreign policy expert and key impeachment witness reveals how declining opportunity has set America on the grim path of modern Russia—and draws on her personal journey out of poverty, as well as her unique perspectives as an historian and policy maker, to show how we can return hope to our forgotten places.
Fiona Hill grew up in a world of terminal decay. The last of the local mines had closed, businesses were shuttering, and despair was etched in the faces around her. Her father urged her to get out of their blighted corner of northern England: “There is nothing for you here, pet,” he said.
The coal-miner’s daughter managed to go further than he ever could have dreamed. She studied in Moscow and at Harvard, became an American citizen, and served three U.S. Presidents. But in the heartlands of both Russia and the United States, she saw troubling reflections of her hometown and similar populist impulses. By the time she offered her brave testimony in the first impeachment inquiry of President Trump, Hill knew that the desperation of forgotten people was driving American politics over the brink—and that we were running out of time to save ourselves from Russia’s fate. In this powerful, deeply personal account, she shares what she has learned, and shows why expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy.
In her thought-provoking book, "There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century," Fiona Hill delves into the pressing issues facing our society today and offers a roadmap for navigating the complex challenges that lie ahead.
Hill, a renowned scholar and former National Security Council official, draws upon her extensive experience in the public and private sectors to examine the forces that are shaping our world, including technological advancements, economic shifts, and geopolitical tensions.
With clarity and urgency, Hill paints a vivid picture of the challenges facing individuals and communities in the 21st century. She explores the widening gap between the rich and the poor, the decline of traditional industries, and the rise of automation, which are leaving many people feeling left behind.
However, Hill does not dwell on the problems; she offers a message of hope and empowerment. She argues that while the challenges are significant, they also present opportunities for those willing to adapt and seize new possibilities.
Hill highlights the importance of education and lifelong learning as essential tools for navigating the changing job market. She encourages readers to embrace entrepreneurship and innovation, to develop skills in critical thinking and problem-solving, and to cultivate a mindset of resilience and adaptability.
"There Is Nothing for You Here" is a call to action for individuals, communities, and policymakers to work together to create a more just and equitable society. Hill's insights and recommendations provide valuable guidance for anyone seeking to thrive in a rapidly changing world.