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.
Fascinating! Informative! Balanced! Well-researched!
No wonder Fareed Zakaria is one of the most respected commentators on global issues! He is incredible!
America's future explained.
Apparently Fareed Zakaria's favorite character on the world stage is BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China). I'm starting to root for China after reading this book.
He opened up a new perspective of where the US is in relation to the rest of the world, and made me look at our economic status in a more optimistic yet critical way.
Didn't make me laugh or cry. But it made me think.
Read this with an open mind from the beginning and you'll start seeing the signs of him being right all around you.
Yes, this is a repeat listen, there's so much information and it also gets you thinking about headlines as they come, creating a more integrated, broad worldview.
I might be projecting, but hearing his voice makes me feel more deliberative about its assertions and not as prone to taking it in like a textbook.
Fareed Zakaria is an excellent story teller and this is no exception. This book gives a great overview of the multitude of issues facing the USA and the rest of the western world. It's an easy listen and great to stimulate thought.
This is one of those books where it would have been better if someone other than the writer had been the reader. Very interesting topic and observations, though.
2.0 was an update to 1.0 but I'm not sure it was worth it.
A little more time should have passed to make it more relevant.
The story is well-written and is very good at granting more world perspective to those of us who don't get out of the U.S. too often and don't have a lot of experience in seeing the world or ourselves the way others (foreigners) do. This is not a story that lays political blame, but one that offers very broad perspective from our own history and the history of other important countries.
The narration was occasionally problematic. I started off really enjoying the author's fairly mild accent, but once I was halfway through the audiobook I realized that the accent was actually slowing down my comprehension slightly. Pleasant to listen to, but perhaps not the ideal voice for maximum comprehension.