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Publisher's Summary

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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Fareed has done it again

Per usual, Zakaria has written a well thought out and insightful book. His outlook from years ago during the previous administrations, directly apply to all which is happening today. I highly recommend this book, along with "defense of a liberal education."

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Unfortunately this book is outdated

Unfortunately this book is outdated the financial crisis in late 2008 makes a lot of his point seem dated. Bringing up Goldman Sachs as a valued source made me laugh.

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Very Obama

I agree with more than half of what the book has to say. If you like reading about world politics you'll enjoy this book.
My major disagreement with the author is over free trade. Free trade isn't the author's only point but he does return to it often. A country has the responsibility to protect it's labor class from unfair competition. Tariffs seen like the easiest answer. Maybe there's a better answer, but to explain that the loss of jobs doesn't hurt the American middle class because we keep half the smiley face is just as absurd in context as out of it. The American half has demonstratively gone to the executive class between small numbers.
Another really annoying argument the author makes is during the first two chapters. In the first chapter he says that the West was always more wealthy than the East even though during Khan times the east had a higher GDP it has a very low per capita. Alright I don't agree but I'll follow. The next chapter the author continues. The modern East will soon surpass the West. Even though their per capita is very low when you multiply it by so many people even a small number becomes missive. Which one would you like to use? You can't have both.
My last point is that China has been aggressively undermining the US economy. They hack our company to steal our hard earned technology. My flood their market with inflation at the expense of their own working class as well as ours, etc. The author argues it differently. He suggests that China is this benign power that still thinks of itself as a developing world and takes pains not to upset the US. Whatever, you lost me.

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Seems well reasoned and gives hope for America

I thought this would be a book that slammed America (not what I want to read), but it pointed out what made America great and I feel some hope for America if we can address some of the problems described in the book. I will be listening to the follow up book.

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Good insightful book.

Fareed Zakaria has very thoughtfully analysed the scenario on world stage and projected the future scenarios. The facts brought forward and put them in perspective was also very ingenious work.

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So that's why they hate us?????

It really is more than that. Informative and enlightening to the western ear. In a news man's voice... This is an interesting historical trip thru the middle east as well as a current snapshot of what it may devolve to. Good Work kiddo... (my highest complement)

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get 2.0

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Good but this version is dated. Wish I had known about the newer updated release. 2021, vs 2008 a lot has changed since this was first published.

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WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD?

Would you listen to The Post-American World again? Why?

Yes. This is BRILLIANT in the way it presents an "uncomfortable truth" of our time for Americans. But whether you are politically conservative, moderate or liberal-- you will need to listen to the entire book with an open mind. The title of this book is intentionally misleading-- to provoke a response. Dont make the mistake of thinking this book is anti-US or anti-anything. The author is telling it like it is and arguing that America is uniquely positioned to lead in a different way because of a different world reality. <br/><br/>Generally speaking, Americans need to shift their minset to understand and appreciate what is happening--and recognize this is not a "zero-sum game." This is no longer "America's world" where we can unilaterally set the rules and assume everyone will do it "America's way." The landscape and balance of power has changed. And America can either understand that and deal with reality--or be frustrated in a state of denial, repeating some of the worst mistakes of the British Empire. There are so many critical lessons from history that can and should inform the way we view this nation's unique opportunities and challenges right NOW-- to take into account the fundamental truth that all people want the freedom to define themselves within their own cultures, governments and societies.

What did you like best about this story?

The author uses compelling examples from the history of past dominant world powers to illustrate exactly what the challenges and opportunities are for the United States today.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At first I felt inclined to dismiss this book as US-bashing based on biased thinking. However, as I listened more and thought about what the message of this book really is, I found most of the content to be persuasive and extremely enlightening. This should be required reading by every forward-thinking American.

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Obama read this...

Some were criticizing Obama for reading thus book...the title is ominous but it is a worthy read...causes one to stop and think honestly about the future of America...It was written over 5 years so it is a little dated...otherwise well written and worth a read.

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Fareed Zakaria puts it into prospective

Would you consider the audio edition of The Post-American World to be better than the print version?

In some ways, yes, because Fareed's unique voice leads to making the information more interesting.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The indepth analysis of Fareed's positions and insight into Geopolitical changes.

What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

Everything. It was an amazing reading of his book. His voice lends to an easy-to-follow and authoritative lecture.