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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Zakaria presents a lot of information, but does not always connect the dots. There is a number of areas throughout the book in which a leap of faith is required to connect the presented facts and his suggested outcome. His political analysis is spot on, as is his analysis of the motivations of other governments. However, his demographics analysis is factually correct for data to date, but he fails to extrapolate on those trends and account for it in his analysis.
Overall, I did like the book, and thought he presented a number of reasoned arguments, but was disappointed by his selective skirting of issues that might challenge his desired outcome.
To some degree, I felt like the content of the book was shaped to present his outcome alone.
Zakariah's well researched and pragmatic approach to understanding the economic and political world we live in today was enlightening and encouraging. A rational voice in the cacophony of political tripe that we are inundated with is a rare and valuable find!!
Facts and the killing of mental ogres. Hard to stop and take breaks!!
I run the player at 1.25% and at that speed Zakariah is very easy to listen to. He obviously believes what he wrote!
Actually this book made me hopeful and happy while at the same time puzzled about how to fix our polarized and broken political system that can't get anythingh important done.
This should be mandatory reading for every high school senior in America!!
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!
Knowledge about the 13th and 14th century world was really surprising.
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.
Shock at why so much of world history is was left out of my American version!
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.
Full of information and background on how the USA got to our present state and where we could go from here. Written by an Indian-American with a broad world view
He thought global warming was underestimated and that we were running out of oil. Turned out to be wrong about both. Should have stuck to things he understood.
Who is accomplished enough to claim a critic's eye? Who is as masterful as those who have written for the rest of us to read? When I was a young man, I believed I knew what was better than something else. Now, I am in awe of everything. Now I realize that the older I get, the less I know.
It is obvious that Mr. Zarkaria knows his history. But, that is not enough to leaven this loaf of dread! This lamentation drags on and on and pon and on. His voice and his accent are numbing. Cheer up, Mr. Zakaria! The show has just begun! Things will never be the same again as days gone by. But they sure as heck will be even more exciting!
Good perspectives and historical info on empires and their falls. Comparing that history to America's situation today. Includes foreigners' views of America, with reasons why.
I see it as the best antidote to the nonsense that has become the staple of political stomp speaches and the rant of the intellectual impostors. This book is not about the decline of America or the west; it is about the rise of the rest. It is an informed confirmation of the American ideals, largely upheld by most of her leaders throughout her history.
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