Love listening to books.
Zakaria presents a lot of information, but does not always connect the dots. There is a number of areas throughout the book in which a leap of faith is required to connect the presented facts and his suggested outcome. His political analysis is spot on, as is his analysis of the motivations of other governments. However, his demographics analysis is factually correct for data to date, but he fails to extrapolate on those trends and account for it in his analysis.
Overall, I did like the book, and thought he presented a number of reasoned arguments, but was disappointed by his selective skirting of issues that might challenge his desired outcome.
To some degree, I felt like the content of the book was shaped to present his outcome alone.
Zakariah's well researched and pragmatic approach to understanding the economic and political world we live in today was enlightening and encouraging. A rational voice in the cacophony of political tripe that we are inundated with is a rare and valuable find!!
Facts and the killing of mental ogres. Hard to stop and take breaks!!
I run the player at 1.25% and at that speed Zakariah is very easy to listen to. He obviously believes what he wrote!
Actually this book made me hopeful and happy while at the same time puzzled about how to fix our polarized and broken political system that can't get anythingh important done.
This should be mandatory reading for every high school senior in America!!
This was a fantastic learning experience from the very start. I learned more about the world than I ever thought I would from a book I thought was mostly about economics!
Knowledge about the 13th and 14th century world was really surprising.
He as a nice voice and does not exagerate or impose his oppinions on the facts. Check most of the things that I have believed to be different and found his research to be 100% correct.
Shock at why so much of world history is was left out of my American version!
Everyone should read this book just to find out what other countries were and are really doing, not the Fox News versions we hear every day.
He thought global warming was underestimated and that we were running out of oil. Turned out to be wrong about both. Should have stuck to things he understood.
Who is accomplished enough to claim a critic's eye? Who is as masterful as those who have written for the rest of us to read? When I was a young man, I believed I knew what was better than something else. Now, I am in awe of everything. Now I realize that the older I get, the less I know.
It is obvious that Mr. Zarkaria knows his history. But, that is not enough to leaven this loaf of dread! This lamentation drags on and on and pon and on. His voice and his accent are numbing. Cheer up, Mr. Zakaria! The show has just begun! Things will never be the same again as days gone by. But they sure as heck will be even more exciting!
Good perspectives and historical info on empires and their falls. Comparing that history to America's situation today. Includes foreigners' views of America, with reasons why.
I see it as the best antidote to the nonsense that has become the staple of political stomp speaches and the rant of the intellectual impostors. This book is not about the decline of America or the west; it is about the rise of the rest. It is an informed confirmation of the American ideals, largely upheld by most of her leaders throughout her history.
If you enjoy economics, political science, and cultural assessments of the world you'll definitely enjoy this book. The author has a powerful perspective given his background as an immigrant
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Fareed Zakaria suggests America suffers from national arrogance more than decline. Zakaria argues that the American Dream is not dead but is being hollowed out by society’s inequity and political grid-lock. Zakaria acknowledges America is the richest and most powerful nation on earth. However, like former world hegemons, America is trending toward hubris. Zakaria suggests America must come to grips with the economic, political, and social circumstances of the modern world; i.e. America needs to replace today’s hegemonic arrogance with international collaboration.
Jobs are being lost and many American citizens will be out of work for some period of time. However, America has more resources than any other nation on earth. New jobs can be created based on cleaning the environment, creating new sources of energy, caring for the sick and elderly, and working for non-profits that provide the necessities of life-like medical service, food, and housing. Employees are needed by non-profit hospitals, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Goodwill, and other eleemosynary organizations. As Peter Drucker once noted, “Profit is not the purpose of business and the concept of profit maximization is not only meaningless, but dangerous.”
America and all post-industrial nations depend on a world economy. Building a wall between countries, unilaterally invading sovereign nations, creating tariffs on foreign goods, denying corporations’ rights to relocate are all examples of bad ideas in the modern world. A do-nothing government is a formula for American failure. There is no room for any nation’s hegemonic arrogance in world affairs. Equally, there is no justification for standing still on American’ domestic issues.
This author is an incredible historian with remarkable insight. I already recommend his news articles to friends.
Other Zakaria books.
He is the author. His own voice adds meaning to the words.
Just more information on my changing world.