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America will remain the world's only superpower for the foreseeable future. But what sort of superpower? What role should America play in the world? What role do you want America to play?

Ian Bremmer argues that Washington's directionless foreign policy has become prohibitively expensive and increasingly dangerous. Since the end of the Cold War, US policymakers have stumbled from crisis to crisis in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine without a clear strategy. Ordinary Americans too often base their foreign policy choices on allegiance or opposition to the party in power. We can no longer afford this complacency, especially now that both parties are deeply divided about America's role in the world. The next presidential election could easily pit an interventionist Democrat against an isolationist Republican - or the exact opposite.

As 2016 rapidly approaches, Bremmer urges every American to think more deeply about what sort of country America should be and how it should use its superpower status. He explores three options:

Independent America asserts that it's time for America to declare independence from the responsibility to solve other people's problems. Instead Americans should lead by example - in part by investing in the country's vast untapped potential.

Moneyball America acknowledges that Washington can't meet every international challenge. With a clear-eyed assessment of US strengths and limitations, we must look beyond empty arguments over exceptionalism and American values. The priorities must be to focus on opportunities and to defend US interests where they're threatened.

Indispensable America argues that only America can defend the values on which global stability increasingly depends. In today's interdependent, hyperconnected world, a turn inward would undermine America's own security and prosperity.

©2015 Ian Bremmer (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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A must read for Foreign Policy

A great book and a must read for any political science majors to gain a better understanding of the 21st century's foreign policy questions the United States will face.

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  • Jpawley
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, United States
  • 08-08-15

A definite MUST read!!!!

This book should not only be listened too but studied. Every American needs to be aware of this world view as it relates to America.

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Raises thoughtful questions for US policy ahead

Very good overview info and thoughtful questions for US policy considerations as we make decisions on our place of leadership (or not) moving into the future of a troubled world.

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  • Ethan
  • Beaverton, OR, United States
  • 06-26-15

Thought-Provoking and Accountable

A provocative summation of three different paths for American Foreign Policy. Bremmer knows his stuff and is worth the listen.

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  • DS
  • 06-19-15

READ THIS

All Presidential Candidates and voters should read this book. This is a long overdue start to a comprehensive discussion of the US role in the world and the limits of US power. Absolutely brilliant.

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Ian Bremmer Holds Up a Mirror to All Americans

With a learned sense of history, Ian Bremmer starts with an unsentimental review of past and current presidents' foreign policy. He then lays out a series of questions for the American people ( and politicians) that determine which of three paths policy can take. He proceeds to describe each of the policies and their ramifications in detail, and, in the process, forces a reconsideration of one's preconceived beliefs. Everyone should read this book to get a better understanding of the choices our leaders have made and the choices we and our future leaders face. Since everyone is running for President this read is a must. If nothing else the candidates will learn to spell Foreign Policy, and we can hold out some hope that they can articulate the choices close to what Bremmer has so clearly delineated, as well as telling us which path they specifically will attempt to pursue. An important book for all those who want to understand where we are, how we got here, where we can go and plan to vote in the next Presidential election.

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Thoughtful questions we must ask ourselves today

As we approach a new administration this list will help evaluate choices presented to us

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Must be read.

Listened and took notes twice. As long as we have money and this electoral system we don't have three choices, do we?
Ian Bremen needs to write a follow-up book, how everything is changed under this administration.

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Dull and obvious

Dull and obvious. Ian has lots of great thoughts in interviews, but this book is a snooze.