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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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    Ben Provo, UT, United States 09-17-12
    Ben Provo, UT, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Informative, fascinating, well constructed"
    Would you listen to The Post-American World 2.0 again? Why?

    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.


    What does Fareed Zakaria bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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    Jeff Washington, DC, USA 08-22-12
    Jeff Washington, DC, USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Good thinking material"

    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.

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    mike Wentzville, mo, United States 08-20-12
    mike Wentzville, mo, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but dated."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book with a couple reservations. It is obvious that 95% or more of this v 2.0 is the same as the original. I would 2nd a review I read before I purchased this book, for the 'new' parts you can tell an audible difference in volume level for those parts, though it is not significant. What I had the most 'issue' with is the fact that almost every study, interview, poll or report that is referenced in the book is 2007 or earlier. This would make sense in a book that was published in 2008, as this originally was. However there are very few instances of updated or current information. Given the subject matter and the theories that the author presents, the updated information would only go to substantiate or validate his points further so I am not sure why they were not included or updated, perhaps it was too time consuming?

    Overall this was a good listen as the facts are presented fairly unbiased, which is rare these days. Fareed does a great job of showing the paths from the history of the US from early 20th century through the globalization of the world and how the US can and should navigate through the modern maze of geopolitics. The 'Rise of the Rest' could easily become a (stealing a Tom Clancy book Title) 'Clear and Present Danger' to the United Stes, however as the author shows, it will be much more likely it is an economic danger as opposed to military.


    What other book might you compare The Post-American World 2.0 to and why?

    The world is flat
    Hot, Flat, Crowded

    Common themes of Globalization and the disruptive nature of the internet and other technologes on the world stage


    Any additional comments?

    More interesting than one might think. This is not a totally dry economics book that makes you recall college macro and micro economics courses, but rather real world examples of how the world is changing in an unprecedented way and at an unprecedented speed.

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    David Tampa, FL 08-14-12
    David Tampa, FL 08-14-12 Member Since 2006

    Love listening to books.

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    "Book was shaped to present his view alone"

    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.

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    Tim Boone Marietta, GA United States 08-09-12
    Tim Boone Marietta, GA United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Time to grow up and get over it!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Post-American World 2.0 the most enjoyable?

    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!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Facts and the killing of mental ogres. Hard to stop and take breaks!!


    What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

    I run the player at 1.25% and at that speed Zakariah is very easy to listen to. He obviously believes what he wrote!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be mandatory reading for every high school senior in America!!

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    Truc Wyncote, PA, United States 05-15-12
    Truc Wyncote, PA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Comprehensive"

    A very comprehensive account of state of nations. Read this to cut to the core of issues and to find the clarity of rational thining. Strongly recommended.

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    JAMES Kansas City, MO, United States 05-06-12
    JAMES Kansas City, MO, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about The Post-American World 2.0?

    Nice overview


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    multi national perspective


    Which scene was your favorite?

    India progress, China slow progress, American test results - how vs what


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    .

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    Frederick WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-12
    Frederick WINTER PARK, FLORIDA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting book and insights"
    Where does The Post-American World 2.0 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 02-12-12
    Mr. Panama City, FL, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Very similar to 1.0...not worth it"

    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.

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    Ceanothus Los Gatos, CA, United States 01-10-12
    Ceanothus Los Gatos, CA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Politically important and interesting too."
    What did you love best about The Post-American World 2.0?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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