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The Post-American World 2.0 | [Fareed Zakaria]

The Post-American World 2.0

Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs. In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing global landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.
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Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs.

The Post-American World pointed to the rise of the rest - the growth of countries China, India, Brazil, and others - as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power. Since its publication, the trends Zakaria identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have anticipated. The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies. Meanwhile, emerging markets have surged ahead, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future.

In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of this rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.

The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink. As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of dominating hegemon to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda - all formidable tasks.

None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known - the only power that for so long has really mattered. America stands at a crossroads. In a new global era in which the United States no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can the nation continue to thrive?

©2008 Fareed Zakaria (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    Steve ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-20-11
    Steve ATLANTA, GA, United States 10-20-11
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    "S/B req reading for every man, woman and child..."

    One of the best books I have have ever heard or read - ah-ha's and paradigm shifts galore await you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    A Summerville, SC, United States 08-25-11
    A Summerville, SC, United States 08-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    I think the 2.0 reading is really the 1.0 with a few 2.0 sections pasted in. You can tell in the audio when mid thought the sound gets noticeably louder or softer.

    Great book with important insights into how the world works. It is thick "listening" at times so you'll need to pay attention.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bart Rochester, NY, United States 12-11-12
    Bart Rochester, NY, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Post-American World 2.0 again? Why?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Post-American World 2.0?

    Knowledge about the 13th and 14th century world was really surprising.


    What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Shock at why so much of world history is was left out of my American version!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael United States 07-06-11
    Michael United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Must Read!"

    Zakaria's analysis of the challenges of the modern world and changing international relations are excellent, well-researched and moderate with an emphasis on practicality. His arguments are always rooted in historical fact and are unbeholden to any singular philosophy. I have a degree in International Relations and Global Business and find that this book is an excellent summary of the global trends that many Americans are losing sleep about.

    He provides recommendations for American policy to avoid going the path of the British at the turn of the last century. A must-read for anybody with an interest in American politics, economics or foreign policy.

    Finally we have an accurate, well-researched, and intellectually honest description of America's predicament and our best course of action moving into the new century of the "Rise of the Rest."

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Manoj 06-20-11
    Manoj 06-20-11

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    "Best Non-Fiction Book of 2011"

    This is a very researched book and written so well. Fareed did the book narrating himself. As jobs continue to be the issue and with rise of the rest, we need all be updated on these matters of geopolitics. Also I think the audio format is probably the best way to consume the book content.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark 08-05-13
    Mark 08-05-13
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    "Great listen"

    Zakaria is incredibly insightful about what's happening in the world and how it affects us all. The writing is great. The book keeps you engaged despite covering some pretty dense material.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kris Harlingen, TX, United States 06-02-13
    Kris Harlingen, TX, United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Expands your view of the US's context"
    If you could sum up The Post-American World 2.0 in three words, what would they be?

    America's future explained.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Didn't make me laugh or cry. But it made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this with an open mind from the beginning and you'll start seeing the signs of him being right all around you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connie 11-14-12
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    "Stark look at a world in change"
    What did you love best about The Post-American World 2.0?

    No holds barred look at the future of America's influence in the world.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The fragile nature of America's future as an economic super power.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalen Lawrence Las Vegas, NV 10-08-12
    Dalen Lawrence Las Vegas, NV 10-08-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Stuff you need to know for your future"
    Would you listen to The Post-American World 2.0 again? Why?

    I look to Fareed to give me a wider and more global perspective on everything. My experience in selling to Korea, Taiwan and Australia mirrors what he is describing to a tee.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Escondido, CA, United States 06-15-11
    John Escondido, CA, United States 06-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Book"

    Fareed Zakaria explains his view of a Post American World with a no nonsense common sense approach. No bias to either political party. A plus is Fareed is the narrator. A+++

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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