Samuel P. Huntington is a political scientist at Harvard and was a foreign policy aide to President Clinton.
©1996 Samuel P. Huntington; (P)2002 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Dazzling in its scope and grasp of the intricacies of contemporary global politics." (Wall Street Journal)
The scope of this book is impressive, and is a great resourse for anyone wanting a global picture of international relations , and a predictor of how relations will unfold in the near and long term. I feel this book is devoid of the Ideologies of our time and sets out to portray a pragmatic and realistic view of our circumstances and challenges as a society. It filled a few holes in my study of history.
It is long. It goes into the theories of cultural development based on religion, geographic issues, natural resources etc.
This book is not for the faint of heart looking for an easy read on Saturday night. It will take you many nights of listening, but ask yourself, "How much do I want to know, am I tough enough to go with the detail this book can give you?"
It is a college level course, I liked that about it, actually. I am tired of the easy namby pamby 7th grade reading level of the local papers/ internet newspapers which give only a fraction of information.
It is written from a man who is basically half liberal-half conservative (altho he voted for Kerry - see NYT interview with him), but who has sane viewpoints/theories that a conservative will understand & appreciate, even if not agreeing with some of them.
I am a conservative, but gives credit where credit is due.
This is a must read for those who want to know why and what are The Most Important Issues facing us. This book will help you put it into perspective.
Stick with it. I have given is 5 stars for the political insight, the gravity and the import. I read the book and will be getting the Audio.
There is a major opportunity to match this work with a worthy reading performance.
Anything by Francis Fukuyama
Poor pronunciation and an effeminate tone detracted from important emphasis throughout. As the reader attempted to emphasize central points in the work, I thought his voice was going to fail him.
Yes, it inspired me to study these subjects further.
This book was written pre-9/11 and predicts the circumstances leading up to that as well as the rise of ISIS. Thought-provoking and well-researched. Don't wait to get this. It will change how you look at world and national politics.
There is a great deal of value in this text whether or not you agree with the specifics of the conclusions offered. Wide ranging and backed by specifics the thought process of the author are provocative.
I'm a 4 year college grad with no specific background in this type of stuff. This book was pretty far over my head on a lot of topics. Still a good read and puts into perspective the foreign policy, wars, and politics that national leaders have to think about. Unless you are a history buff, some of the references will be lost on you. Still recommend, but there may be other books out there that are a little closer to the ground on the same topic.
Excellent book. Prophetic and Persuasive. The description of the possible break out of a Third World War in the South China Sea is too feasible to ignore given current developments there.
The trouble isn't that there are too many fools, but that the lightning isn't distributed right. --Mark Twain
The cons: the first chapter or two are hard to get into due to the depth of information. The later chapter on the Bosnian War also goes deep into the weeds but is great for anyone interested in that topic.
The pros: the many other chapters dedicated to the history, cultures, motivations, and sources of tension in the Islamic, Chinese, and Russian spheres are very good and would be valuable to students of history, international relations, foreign policy, or anyone wanting more info on why tensions exist to greater or lesser degrees with these other civilizations. One of the final chapters on how a world war might begin is disturbing given China's recent militarization of the South China Sea.
this book provide an excellent lens to view the world from. if you every had questions as to why you may think differently from others in the world; this book could help you build awesome cognitive bridges.
"15 years later - still very relevant"
I've heard about this book many times. Many references to it over the years. Finally, thanks to audible, I've also had the privilege to listen to it. For anyone interested in a view of the world - I recommend this book.
(not saying this is The true view of the world - but sure possible and thoughtful.)
I realize this book has garnered considerable criticism in the post 9/11 world, but regardless, it is a masterpiece. Though perhaps not politically correct, many of the predictions it makes have already proven valid. I would place this book on a par with Thucydides' "Peloponnesian War" for its incisive and clear political insights. Though first published in 1996, it remains shockingly relevant over ten years on. Read it!
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