The United States came out of the Second World War in a privileged and immensely strong position. While much of Europe and Asia struggled to recover from the physical devastation of war, the United States was largely unscathed, and its economic infrastructure intact. By 1955, the United States was only 6% of the world’s population, but what proportion of the world’s goods was it producing?

Answer: A colossal 50%.

Source: Dictionary of American Quotations by Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson.

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