Brown Explores Free Trade in New Book

Posted October 4, 2004 at 2:12pm

In his new book, “Myths of Free Trade: Why American Trade Policy has Failed,” Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) seeks to show why an unregulated global economy has become a global threat.

Released last week by The New Press, Brown’s book sets out to bust seven myths that he feels have developed concerning free trade in today’s world. While setting out his model for a fair-trade system, Brown tries to explain why free-trade agreements aren’t necessary in the war on terror and prove that the North American Free Trade Agreement has not been a success. Brown, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, argues that questioning free trade is not an anti-American activity. In the course of his book, Brown follows jobs that have left his home district in Ohio for Mexico and recounts his encounters with corporate lobbyists in Washington.

“Myths of Free Trade” is Brown’s second book. His first book, “Congress from the Inside: Observations from the Majority and the Minority,” is in its third edition.

— John McArdle