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oh well narrated and interesting look at World politics and how we got here. didn't agree with all of his analysis and solutions . but good discussion points
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This is required reading for anyone looking to understand geopolitics, because it represents one of the foundations of the discipline - how the game is played by those who are in it. Haass is very much the "Establishment". You need to temper this perspective by reading other authors, and also those from disciplines such as international law and human rights, economics and development.
The book can basically be categorised into two halves - introduction and basics of foreign policy, which many readers will be familiar with, but is a good place to start for beginners (as long as you temper it with other POVs). The second half is Haass' own theory for how international relations should develop in a globalised future - under, of course, the kind and fatherly eye of the USA.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I don't feel I learned much that was new
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
HIs ideas on what the USA should do next which was mostly the opposite of the Trump agenda
What does Richard Haass and Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
not sure what this question means.
Could you see A World in Disarray being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?
This books explains about the past, current, and possible future of the world. It has a wealth of illuminating and minute details of the world. The author is eminently experienced in foreign policy of the U.S.
However, the information provided is biased towards the US as the centre of the word. Not everyone would think this way. It's a great book to possess if you don't harbour any hatred against the country
it was very biased unfortunately. Obvuoius failures of the Republicans where glossed over and the opposite emphasized. Democratic successes start on a positive and end with criticism, Republican start with criticism and end with apologies or praise.
rehashing well known stuff in a boring way
bureaucratic English, turgid...
to be avoided. The facts in the early chapters have been reported elsewhere, better. I don't know about the later chapters as I gave up.