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.
multi national perspective
India progress, China slow progress, American test results - how vs what
Why did we lose that American SPIRIT that we had in my youth, but now I'm an adult.