According to Village Capital CEO Ross Baird, “Humankind has never been wealthier, yet most people, places, and industries feel entirely left out.” He wrote a book to find out why. Baird’s new book, The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas — and What to Do About It, includes a foreword from AOL co-founder Steve Case and stories of dozens of entrepreneurs and investors that speak to what can be done to ensure that entrepreneurship lives up to its promise of being able to change the world. Take a sneak peek of Baird’s new book, which is set to launch on September 12. Click on the image below to read the book’s first chapter, entitled “What Happened to the American Dream?” — shared here with permission — and pre-order the book before its release date to receive a 50% pre-order discount.