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The Accidental Superpower Audiobook

The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

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In the best-selling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, The Accidental Superpower will be a much discussed, contrarian, and eye-opening assessment of American power.

In The Accidental Superpower, international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how geography, combined with demography and energy independence, will pave the way for one of the great turning points in history, and one in which America reasserts its global dominance.

No other country has a greater network of internal waterways, a greater command of deepwater navigation, or a firmer hold on industrialization technologies than America. Zeihan argues that the future is undoubtedly bright for America, the only country with enough young adults to fill the capital-generating void that will be left behind by 2030. The Accidental Superpower also explores shale oil and its surprising key role in America's move toward energy independence and how it will shape (and is already shaping) American life for the next 50 years.

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    DaWoolf Sutton, MA 01-11-15
    DaWoolf Sutton, MA 01-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Drifting towards isolationism"


    “The Accidental Superpower” (Superpower) is a surprisingly interesting and powerful analysis about the geopolitical state of the world. The author, Peter Zeihan, uses regional histories, geographic topographies, demographic trends, and economic data to make predictions about the conditions of specific countries between 2015 and 2030. The big winners are Mexico and the United States. The big losers are Russia and China. However, its Zeihan’s culmination of the data that makes his hypotheses so compelling.

    Zeihan, who also expertly reads the book, does not stray far from the data when making predictions about the world’s future. “Superpower” opens with the author discussing his love and obsession with maps. Zeihan suggest that a county’s financial and military success can be strongly correlated to its native topography. The author posits that the United States is the supreme superpower due to its numerous internal rivers that result in the cheap transport of goods, large costal oceans that provide a natural defensive border from hostile nations, and fertile farmlands that can feed the masses. No other country or superpower comes close to having the topographical advantages inherent to the United States.

    Although Zeihan predicts the United States will continue its dominant superpower status for the foreseeable future, there will be bumps along the way as the country moves toward a more isolationist political policy. The shift toward isolationism is in part a result of achieving energy independence through increased petroleum production due to the Shale revolution. Simply put, the United States will have minimum incentive to protect oceanic trading corridors when energy independence is achieved. This sets the occasion for global disorder through regional conflicts and wars as the United States loses interest in policing water corridors across the world.

    Readers of nonfiction and geopolitics will very much enjoy “Superpower”. I provided a very small taste of what this powerful and interesting book has to offer readers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nature Lover 11-07-15
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    "You need to read this book. Pretty darn accurate."

    From what I have personally researched this accounting appears the author may be spot on. Excellent narration as well. One needs to read this material. Not a gloom and doom outlook either; just realistic. I felt I was being carried through a futuristic journey in a time machine. Very well organized.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Soudant Jupiter, FL, United States 03-23-15
    Soudant Jupiter, FL, United States 03-23-15 Member Since 2005
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    "DDD: Demographics Determine Destiny"

    This is an important book that covers the world quickly with a variety of hard conclusions that should keep leaders up at night. The winner, in the author's view, is the United States but it will not be easy and certainly not pretty. In it he argues quite persuasively, and evidence suggests accurately, that America will quietly withdraw from its military and many other global engagements in the coming years. The U.S. refusal to get involved by sending military or arms to Ukraine, mid-east, Nigeria is part of emerging national policy of withdrawal.

    These changes may be just the beginning if the US quietly pulls back its' military from arenas far away from our shores. Is there a compelling reason to remain in Germany, Japan and South Korea; after all these are large self-sufficient countries that have not had to bear the cost of an expensive military. Significantly today the US is almost energy independent and has little to no need for Gulf or Venezuelan oil. Is pulling back troops and diverting resources to social programs not on the top of the liberal/democrat wish list? On the other hand vocal conservatives want to return to Fortress America while putting an end to deficit spending. Welcome to 1930s.

    The book relies heavily on demographics. Europe, China, Russia and other parts of the world are aging quickly yet face huge outlays to support their older population. Russia, in Zeihan's view, will simply fade (but perhaps not without a fight, to insignificance as it becomes older, sicker and less able to defend its vast borders. The Arabs on the other hand have a large and growing restless youth population with few internal resources to provide for a fulfilling life. Even worse, without substantial imports the Arab countries (and others) can not feed themselves because there is a lack of good soil, rainfall and efficient distribution.

    The book covers the geography, political environment and demographics of several major countries and generally their prospects are dimming; particularly those countries which are aging quickly. Other countries, in his view will have difficulties maintaining cohesion. Among that list, to my surprise, is Canada whose provinces are already at odds with each other over distribution of resource and wealth.

    Mr. Zeihan is not bashful about his dramatic and usually unpleasant conclusions. e.g.; Europe will come unglued over debt and finances, an old Japan will lose its remaining dynamism, China’s western areas will pull apart the rest of the country and Alberta Canada could try to leave Canada and become a 51st State. Although, in his view, the U.S. will prevail I get the sense it will be more like the one eyed man in the land of the blind and not the robust future we hope for. He acknowledges, but does not dwell, coming water and climate change issues. Perhaps that will be his next book. Should the current U.S. western drought continue and cause massive crop failures and should the 2010 Russian crop collapse repeat simultaneously many people in the world will not have enough food to live because their geography will not support the large populations that have emerged in the past several decades.

    Finally, I “read" this book through Audible where Peter Zeihan is his own narrator. He is as good as the Hollywood trained professional voices so if Geopolitics does not work out for him then he has an alternative career reading books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Old Crow north Carolina, United States 11-19-17
    Old Crow north Carolina, United States 11-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "very thought provoking reading"

    it was a little dry and scholarly in spots but extremely fun and hard to put down by the end

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    Terrie J 11-02-17
    Terrie J 11-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing insight and perspective"

    Could it be this simple? Author makes the complex easily and readily understandable. If you would have told me world history could be so straightforward and logical I would have said ‘No way’ until reading this book. Audio version better than print despite missing maps and graphs.

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    Abby SLC 10-24-17
    Abby SLC 10-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Suddenly I'm fascinated by geopolotics"

    This was my first introduction to geopolitics, and while it was terribly interesting, it was also a bit frightening. I learned a lot from Zeihan, and I actually want to re-listen to this one. Definitely worth learning about.

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    Anonymous 09-30-17
    Anonymous 09-30-17
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    "Well written, great ideas, but stinks of propaganda."

    First half is really good. The analysis of the geopolitical present and predicted future using geography logistics and demography are elements I have not thought of before. Helps me see more ingredients that contribute to the whole geoP picture. But the smoking gun that implies that this book may be propaganda is that there is never any explanation, let alone even a mention of monetary policy or what central banks role is or will be. I also sensed subtle manipulative writing techniques. Kind of a bait and switch technique to possibly get one to believe things that they normally wouldn't. It seems like the first and last halves were written by two different people. The first had a more matter of fact tone and didn't seem manipulative. The last is where I picked up the manipulative techniques and it had an "US eminent domain" tone. Obviously written by a very intelligent person(s).

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    Luke H. 08-16-17
    Luke H. 08-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Well written and preformed"

    Will recommend this to others. The concepts were logical and presented in a coherent format anyone can understand. The chapters follow a logical linear format and each chapter is presented in what I believe to be the best order. The author displays an understanding of military strategy throughout.

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    Artem 07-23-17
    Artem 07-23-17
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    "Interesting point of view"

    Author is using the geography and demographics as the main tool to explain success or fate of every country. USA in this story is the country having the Superpower explained by its unique geography. It is definitely an interesting point of view. Author did a great work of analysis and presented his research in a well organized and logical story. The book goes further as the main target of the book is to explain why in the future, which the author predicts, the USA becomes even more superior than the rest of the world. Those predictions while accompanied with interesting observations and details are mostly considering the same tools of geography and demographics. Perhaps, it could predict the future to some extend but it doesn't consider possible unexpected or unpredictable events which as we have plenty examples from the past, could drastically change the future.
    For instance, technology development, nuclear cataclism as result of human error or insanity, artificial intelligence, and many other things could result in a future which will be difficult to explain with only unique geographical context.

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    Steve 07-14-17
    Steve 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "My thoughts"

    Thoughtful and concise for the body of knowledge shared. Very insightful. I would highly recommend.

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    "Thought provoking "

    Highly interesting, intelligent and nonconformist view on the geopolitical and economic developments ahead of us. Well worth listening to!

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