This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places. It's also producing political confidence and national pride. As these trends continue, the push of globalization will increasingly be joined by the pull of nationalism - a tension that is likely to define the next decades.
With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, Zakaria 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".
Washington must begin a serious transformation of global strategy and seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda. 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. But all that is changing now. The future we face is the post-American world.
©2008 Fareed Zakaria; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.
"A definitive handbook for political and business leaders who want to succeed in a global era." (Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe)
Some books take a bit more effort to get through than others, this is one such book. I liked the narrator and the book itself, but it dosen't have a "story" to it, just alot of very interesting information.
This was a book rich in facts, that surveyed many of the issues that are on today's front burner. It read more like a history book than a politically motivated view of the future.
Fareed Zakaria is great. Though I don't agree with every single thing he said, I still think it is a very well-written book. Great read, worth the money.
If you read two books this decade, read this one and Friedman's The World is Flat. ...but only if you want to know what is going on in our world, and only if you're interested in current affairs, politics, and business, and putting the pieces together. You can disagree with him, but you can't hide from what is happening around us.
This is probably the most stimulating and interesting book I have listened to in the last year. Great way to see the United States and how it can continue to be an effective leader as a country in an ever changing world. The United States hegemony will probably decline but our importance is the world will continue if we understand and respect the desires and aspirations of other nations. Our image as a nation is equally important, if not more so, than our brute power in helping to shape an abundant, dynamic, safe, democratic and healthy world for all its inhabitants.
A perfect book to read for anyone who plans to vote in the upcoming 2008 Presidential Elections.
I've read several of Zakaria's articles, including one adapted from this book, and seen him a handful of times on the Daily Show. He is witty and humorous on air, and it was great to listen to his new book, read by him. Definitely recommend this book to anyone interest in world affairs, economics, or international relations.
Marvelous "story" ... better than anything one could make up. Just how it is in the world, just how everyone strives.
I learned a great deal and got to hear Fareed at the same time! THANKS for the book and the communication.
Fans of Thomas Friedman will recognize many concepts. The author pulls in new ideas. Based on recent political and financial upheavals the book is a little dated but worth a listen.
I liked the stage-setting that this book offered for the world ahead of us Americans. It was great to read/listen to this book, then read "Crash Proof" and "The Little Book ..." (both by Peter Schiff). Scary stuff for future generations, including my retirement years!
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