adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $21.00

Buy for $21.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"This brilliant and provocative book is required reading for every presidential candidate in 2016 - and everyone who will cast a vote." (Nouriel Roubini, chairman of Roubini Global Economics)

"Superpower is an insightful and original piece of work - drawing on Bremmer’s remarkable understanding of politics, America, and the world. This is a must read for all those concerned with the twenty-first-century geopolitical landscape." (Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund)

"Bremmer has become something of a national treasure. His clarity of thought and presentation make Superpower an exceptionally illuminating read. Whether you’re a policymaker, scholar, or voter seeking perspective on our critical choices ahead, Superpower is indispensable." (Jon Huntsman, Jr., chairman of the Atlantic Council; former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China)

More from the same

What listeners say about Superpower

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    109
  • 4 Stars
    64
  • 3 Stars
    24
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    5
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    101
  • 4 Stars
    57
  • 3 Stars
    15
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    86
  • 4 Stars
    51
  • 3 Stars
    28
  • 2 Stars
    7
  • 1 Stars
    4

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Thought-Provoking and Accountable

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • 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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Thoughtful questions we must ask ourselves today

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

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

For Uncertain Voters/Citizens

I highly enjoyed this book. It started out a bit slow and his thoughts kept jumping around but that was for a reason, as I learned later on. The author is biased and never claims not to be. It is refreshing to be able to read an author’s own opinions at the end of a political book. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in politics or who just wants to know their own choices.
The style is great, to include the short quiz at the beginning. You will enjoy this book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Dull and obvious

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