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The Post-American World 2.0 Audiobook

The Post-American World 2.0

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Publisher's Summary

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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    David Tampa, FL 08-14-12
    David Tampa, FL 08-14-12 Member Since 2013

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Rochester, NY, United States 12-11-12
    Amazon Customer 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.

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    Fritz Richardson 05-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Need to know"

    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

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    Joseph 05-19-16
    Joseph 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding insightful viewpoints "

    Great book, well read by the author himself. Will listen again in the future.

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    David IDYLLWILD, CA, United States 11-10-15
    David IDYLLWILD, CA, United States 11-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Warning. Global warming nonsense !"

    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.

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    Jon D. Kitner 11-05-15

    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.

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    "Wearying Look at What Went Wrong with America"

    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!

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    george 10-23-15
    george 10-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good assessments -insights not heard in most media"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer CA USA 10-19-15
    Amazon Customer CA USA 10-19-15 Member Since 2011

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    "A breath of fresh air, fragrant and invigorating!"

    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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    James C. Poland 10-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Highly insightful"

    If you enjoy economics, political science, and cultural assessments of the world you'll definitely enjoy this book. The author has a powerful perspective given his background as an immigrant

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