"No Encore" chronicles America's long slide to economic mediocrity from the end of WWII to the beginning of the 21st century. Based on the belief that the country's repeated boom and bust periods were driven by poor foreign policy decisions, flaws inherent to the capitalist system and simple human greed, this essay provides unique insights into how the U.S. got itself into its most recent financial crisis. Irreverent and rife with irony, this essay details five "Convergence Variables", each of which has contributed to the downfall of the world's strongest economy. With a chapter dedicated to each Variable, they are: Communism and the Cold War, An Addiction to Foreign Oil, The Vietnam War, Corporate Structure in America and U.S. Trade Policy. Based on extensive research and the author's twenty four years experience in global trade, No Encore also offers thirty six suggestions for how the country can get out its long-term malaise. Self-published and written in the spirit of the pamphleteers of the American Revolution, this book is a must for anyone that is interested in understanding what really went wrong in the U.S. over the last sixty five years.