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The Post-American World 2.0 Audiobook
The Post-American World 2.0
Written by: 
Fareed Zakaria
Narrated by: 
Fareed Zakaria
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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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-04-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 10-04-15 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "NATIONAL ARROGANCE"

    Fareed Zakaria suggests America suffers from national arrogance more than decline. Zakaria argues that the American Dream is not dead but is being hollowed out by society’s inequity and political grid-lock. Zakaria acknowledges America is the richest and most powerful nation on earth. However, like former world hegemons, America is trending toward hubris. Zakaria suggests America must come to grips with the economic, political, and social circumstances of the modern world; i.e. America needs to replace today’s hegemonic arrogance with international collaboration.

    Jobs are being lost and many American citizens will be out of work for some period of time. However, America has more resources than any other nation on earth. New jobs can be created based on cleaning the environment, creating new sources of energy, caring for the sick and elderly, and working for non-profits that provide the necessities of life-like medical service, food, and housing. Employees are needed by non-profit hospitals, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Red Cross, Goodwill, and other eleemosynary organizations. As Peter Drucker once noted, “Profit is not the purpose of business and the concept of profit maximization is not only meaningless, but dangerous.”

    America and all post-industrial nations depend on a world economy. Building a wall between countries, unilaterally invading sovereign nations, creating tariffs on foreign goods, denying corporations’ rights to relocate are all examples of bad ideas in the modern world. A do-nothing government is a formula for American failure. There is no room for any nation’s hegemonic arrogance in world affairs. Equally, there is no justification for standing still on American’ domestic issues.

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    thanhkim 08-16-15
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    "A great historian... worth listening to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This author is an incredible historian with remarkable insight. I already recommend his news articles to friends.


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

    Other Zakaria books.


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

    He is the author. His own voice adds meaning to the words.


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

    Just more information on my changing world.


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    Daniel W. Fox, Jr. Houston TX 07-15-15
    Daniel W. Fox, Jr. Houston TX 07-15-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Fascinating!"
    What did you love best about The Post-American World 2.0?

    Fascinating! Informative! Balanced! Well-researched!


    Any additional comments?

    No wonder Fareed Zakaria is one of the most respected commentators on global issues! He is incredible!

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    Kris McLean, VA, United States 06-02-13
    Kris McLean, VA, 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.

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    Ben 09-17-12
    Ben 09-17-12 Member Since 2015
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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

    Ausmerica

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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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    Truc To 05-15-12
    Truc To 05-15-12
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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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    CJFLA 03-01-12
    CJFLA 03-01-12
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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 2014

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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 01-10-12
    Ceanothus 01-10-12
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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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