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The Post-American World Audiobook
The Post-American World
Written by: 
Fareed Zakaria
Narrated by: 
Fareed Zakaria
The Post-American World Audiobook

The Post-American World

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For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more.

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.

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"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)

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 05-23-11
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 05-23-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Lite but Good"

    Since I don't watch much TV, I didn't know the author was a newscaster. However, it was pretty good, even if it's the sort of thing that slips into your head and then out again.

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    luke Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 02-07-11
    luke Sierra Vista, AZ, United States 02-07-11
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    "Author/Narrator Voice is Very Boring"

    His monotone Indian accent make paying attention very difficult. I regret buying this on audiobook; should have got it in hardback.

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    Natalia P. Valdes 08-05-10 Member Since 2015

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    "not what i expected"

    I do not usually read books in this genre, but i was asked to read this for a class and i must say i enjoyed it completely. This is a thought provoking look into what the U.S. needs to do in order to remain relevant in the new world. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the future. I do not usually follow politics, but this book has inspired me to be more aware of current events.

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    Elliot Lethbridge, AB, Canada 02-22-09
    Elliot Lethbridge, AB, Canada 02-22-09
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    "Very interesting information, but a bit dry"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-30-09
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 01-30-09 Member Since 2010
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    "full of interesting historical tidbits"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Su Jun Rochester, NY, USA 11-17-08
    Su Jun Rochester, NY, USA 11-17-08
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    "Recommended!"

    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.

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    L 06-11-08
    L 06-11-08
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    "A "Best Book" of the Decade"

    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.

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    Johnny 05-23-08
    Johnny 05-23-08
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    "A Great Read aka Listen"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Whitefish Bay, WI, USA 07-22-08
    Sam Whitefish Bay, WI, USA 07-22-08
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    "Timely, entertaining and informative"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 01-24-10
    Pat Thousand Oaks, CA, USA 01-24-10
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    "Getting to Hear Fareed"

    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.

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