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From Ian Bremmer, the acclaimed Time columnist, Eurasia Group president, and expert consultant on global risk, comes a definitive guide to navigating the dangers of the age of populism.

From Brexit in the UK, to Donald Trump in the US, to extremist parties in Europe and the developing world, populism has dominated recent headlines. What explains this rise of leaders who stoke nationalist anger in their countries, from Le Pen to Erdogan? How long will the populist wave last? Who will be the winners and losers in this climate, and how can we defend the values of democracy, free trade, and international cooperation?

No one is better suited to explore these questions than Ian Bremmer, who has built his career on assessing global risk for his clients, and explaining complex political dynamics in accessible terms in publications such as Time. He explains the social, economic, and technological forces fueling this new wave of populism and why we're witnessing a rejection of the democratic, global cosmopolitan trends of the late 20th century.

Bremmer argues that, much like climate change, the rise of populism around the world is inevitable, likely to spread wider and worsen over the coming decade. But despite this bleak assessment, he also sees a light at the end of the tunnel. This audiobook offers a guide to navigating the shifting political landscape and weathering the populist storm.

©2018 Ian Bremmer (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Good book with a big blind spot

Felt it was a very well written, concise overview of Bremmer's highly informed worldview. Excellent narration also. Very worthwhile for anyone interested in what's going on around the world in 2018 and what is likely to start happening soon. Not sure why so many struggle to grasp the insights he brings to bear. They're so straightforward when you see them!

That said, I think the exclusion of the militarism that is helping precipitate the current situation should have been addressed. Makes me significantly less enthusiastic about recommending it.

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  • Louis
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Not Very Original

This book should be common sense to anyone born within the past 40 years. It also doesn’t go into depth at all about any of the topics it covers. It’s basically an extended TV news interview.

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Waste of time

Learned nothing. Much pontificating and hypothesizing without substance. A veiled political mantra with no substance

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An insight into the dysfunctional Progressive mind

Armed with a bevy if facts and statistics, the author manages to pick and choose those which support his particular opinion, rather than allowing logical interpretation of the facts guide his opinion. It’s classic Progressive-style thinking (or lack thereof). Also cited are “evidence” for concepts which have been discredited by more careful or thorough research.
The author is correct about one thing — Trump voters should not be taken for granted, and the reasons they voted for Trump need to be understood. He just misses the mark, widely, in trying to explain those voters.

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Interesting analysis of our times, but depressing

Full of troublesome facts, like a majority of Republicans would support delaying the 2020 elections, if Trump wanted to. Like there are twice as many working age men in America not working as are working and half of them take painkillers everyday. Like the majority of young people would support a government run by the military. And these trends are worldwide. Thoroughly depressing. Makes me even more worried about my grandchildren’s future.

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Can’t quibble with the diagnosis but wish there were some treatment options

The book reads like a fair assessment of what is going on around the world with rising populism, a rejection of globalization and turning back on multi national organizations and cooperation. But that’s where it feels like this book stops while it should continue. It does a fair job of diagnosing current problems, and predicting the difficulties that are likely to come as these trends continue. But by not prescribing ways that humanity can avoid the that future state, the book becomes a pessimistic treatise on today’s issues that left me depressed about the next 10-20 years.

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meh. Nothing particularly new or different.

Fast and loose with statistics based on surveys. This book COULD have been great but is only average in insightful content.

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essential current events

well told and narrated a-political analysis of American & global political and economic status as of July 2018.

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Decent, but not amazing

On a positive note, I think Bremmer and his team did a great job distilling a huge, complicated topic into a concise book. Less experienced writers could have written two-to-three times as much to present the same message.

That being said, I felt like the book was really high level — like I’m digesting a long analysis from The Economist. I didn’t learn anything new, or gain any insight. To be fair, it might be because I already follow global politics and technological change closely.

If you’re new to these subjects, then this is a great book that nearly surveys the real political and economic challenges of our time. If you’re looking for an advanced or in-depth analysis, then maybe consider other books.

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So So.

The premise of the book is very interesting . But the delivery felt all over the place. Not sure if I'd recommend it.