I do not usually read books in this genre, but i was asked to read this for a class and i must say i enjoyed it completely. This is a thought provoking look into what the U.S. needs to do in order to remain relevant in the new world. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the future. I do not usually follow politics, but this book has inspired me to be more aware of current events.
Some books take a bit more effort to get through than others, this is one such book. I liked the narrator and the book itself, but it dosen't have a "story" to it, just alot of very interesting information.
This was a book rich in facts, that surveyed many of the issues that are on today's front burner. It read more like a history book than a politically motivated view of the future.
Fareed Zakaria is great. Though I don't agree with every single thing he said, I still think it is a very well-written book. Great read, worth the money.
If you read two books this decade, read this one and Friedman's The World is Flat. ...but only if you want to know what is going on in our world, and only if you're interested in current affairs, politics, and business, and putting the pieces together. You can disagree with him, but you can't hide from what is happening around us.
This is probably the most stimulating and interesting book I have listened to in the last year. Great way to see the United States and how it can continue to be an effective leader as a country in an ever changing world. The United States hegemony will probably decline but our importance is the world will continue if we understand and respect the desires and aspirations of other nations. Our image as a nation is equally important, if not more so, than our brute power in helping to shape an abundant, dynamic, safe, democratic and healthy world for all its inhabitants.
A perfect book to read for anyone who plans to vote in the upcoming 2008 Presidential Elections.
I've read several of Zakaria's articles, including one adapted from this book, and seen him a handful of times on the Daily Show. He is witty and humorous on air, and it was great to listen to his new book, read by him. Definitely recommend this book to anyone interest in world affairs, economics, or international relations.
Marvelous "story" ... better than anything one could make up. Just how it is in the world, just how everyone strives.
I learned a great deal and got to hear Fareed at the same time! THANKS for the book and the communication.
Fans of Thomas Friedman will recognize many concepts. The author pulls in new ideas. Based on recent political and financial upheavals the book is a little dated but worth a listen.