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Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power | [Zbigniew Brzezinski]

Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power

In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline and unregulated greed.
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In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline, and unregulated greed.

Speaking from decades of experience, Brzezinski considers the implications of the changing distribution of global power, ponders why America’s global appeal is waning, speculates on the likely geopolitical consequences if America declines by 2025 (will China assume America’s central role in world affairs?), and describes a vision of a resurgent America: responsive to challenges, strategically deliberate, and historically enlightened in its global engagement with the new East.

©2011 Original material © 2011 Zbigniew Brzezinski. Recorded by arrangement with Basic Books ™, a division of the Perseus Books Group. (P)2011 (p) 2011 HighBridge Company.

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    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 02-15-12
    Roy BOISE, ID, United States 02-15-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Insightfull and imforming"

    This is an exercise in consequential thinking on a political and historical scale. Written by a man who's intellect has made the leap from the 20th to the 21st century with ease. Some of our leaders revel in the past while Dr. Brezezinski analyzes where America as a Superpower has been and considers the choices and outcomes ahead. The process flows with facts that help support the conjecture of the visions ... The narration is good and moves along at a nice pace.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-19-12
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2002
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    "very informative, after the partisanship"

    Solid survey of the bit picture issues surrounding the current geopolitical landscape. Especially interesting was ZB's view on the how the chess pieces of India, Pakistan, China and Russia might move. Great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-02-12
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "interesting"

    This is a very interesting listetn if you like these kinds of books. Mr. Brzezinski has a good understanding of the macro level world events that affect our future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Fel 04-13-12
    Fel 04-13-12
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    "One bright political hit-man"

    Zbigniew Brzezinski is a bright man so bright he was chosen to work for the Club of Rome (UN founders), The Bilderberg Group (the media up to few years said never existed) and for The Trilaterial Commission so he's basically a political hit-man like his fellow Henry Kissenger working for the same old Rochefellers and Rothschilds.
    What got my attention the most in this book is that the New World Order is cooking many more wars and Brzezinski stated 'The choice for the 21st century is not hegemony or peace, but it’s a choice between chaos and cooperation'.
    The book is a good read to help you see the big picture and prepare yourself for what is underway. I would suggest watching in youtube End Game: Blue Print for Global Enslavement as it makes this book much more clear to the eyes.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14
    Anthony Old Bridge, NJ, United States 05-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Enough"
    What did you like best about Strategic Vision? What did you like least?

    It has some interesting notions and concepts regarding possible future hostilities between nations and resources.


    Did Grover Gardner do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There is only one character- its a narrative of Zbigniew himself.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. it would be ripe with propoganda.


    Any additional comments?

    I didnt gain any real useful information from this book. It did have some interesting commentary on historical tension and where america is likely to find itself in the future if it does not focus its attention at strategically positioning itself for continued dominance or the possibility of subservience to a growing Chinese economy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David S Mericle Driftwood, TX 01-22-13
    David S Mericle Driftwood, TX 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, should be required reading"
    What made the experience of listening to Strategic Vision the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy political topics and especially enjoyed the geo-political insights with a strong understanding of economics.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scope of the topic was incredible.


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    Donna Corvallis, OR, United States 03-12-12
    Donna Corvallis, OR, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up Strategic Vision in three words, what would they be?

    A very insightful and clear read regarding boundaries versus ethnicity mismatches in the Middle East


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    marx Ritzville, WA, United States 02-23-12
    marx Ritzville, WA, United States 02-23-12
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    "Insightful, griping, timely"
    What did you love best about Strategic Vision?

    Zbigniew Brzezinski's Clarity and understanding of our need to set new directions for America to recreate our world that will allow success for our childrens futures.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Good job, His way of speech empowers the hearer(s) with great understanding.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not applicable


    Any additional comments?

    Great works, learn the strategic vision from the best.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kmpriest 03-26-12
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    "Maybe just me but it got dry and repetitive."

    I found the book to be numbing and my mind would drift as I listened.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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