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In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable - to domestic and international decline, and unregulated greed.
Speaking from decades of experience, Brzezinski considers the implications of the changing distribution of global power, ponders why America’s global appeal is waning, speculates on the likely geopolitical consequences if America declines by 2025 (will China assume America’s central role in world affairs?), and describes a vision of a resurgent America: responsive to challenges, strategically deliberate, and historically enlightened in its global engagement with the new East.
©2011 Original material © 2011 Zbigniew Brzezinski. Recorded by arrangement with Basic Books ™, a division of the Perseus Books Group. (P)2011 (p) 2011 HighBridge Company.
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By Andy on 08-19-12

very informative, after the partisanship

Solid survey of the bit picture issues surrounding the current geopolitical landscape. Especially interesting was ZB's view on the how the chess pieces of India, Pakistan, China and Russia might move. Great narration.

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By Roy on 02-15-12

Insightfull and imforming

This is an exercise in consequential thinking on a political and historical scale. Written by a man who's intellect has made the leap from the 20th to the 21st century with ease. Some of our leaders revel in the past while Dr. Brezezinski analyzes where America as a Superpower has been and considers the choices and outcomes ahead. The process flows with facts that help support the conjecture of the visions ... The narration is good and moves along at a nice pace.

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