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Power evolves.
In the 16th century, control of colonies and gold bullion gave Spain the edge; 17th-century Netherlands profited from trade and finance; 18th-century France gained from its larger population, while 19th-century British power rested on its primacy in the Industrial Revolution and its navy. In the era of Kennedy and Khrushchev, power resources were measured in terms of nuclear missiles, industrial capacity, and numbers of men under arms and tanks lined up ready to cross the plains of Eastern Europe. But the global information age of the 21st century is quickly rendering these traditional markers of power obsolete, remapping power relationships.
In The Future of Power, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a longtime analyst of power and a hands-on practitioner in government, delivers a new power narrative that considers the shifts, innovations, bold technologies, and new relationships that will define the 21st century. He shows how power resources are adapting to the digital age and how smart power strategies must include more than a country’s military strength. Information once reserved for the government is ow available for mass consumption. The Internet has literally put power at the fingertips of nonstate agents, allowing them to launch cyberattacks on governments from their homes and creating a security threat that is felt worldwide. But the cyberage has also created a new power frontier among states, ripe with opportunity for developing countries. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, America had about a quarter of the world’s product but only 5 percent of its population. It was indisputably the most powerful nation in the world, unsurpassed in military strength and ownership of world resources. Today, China, Brazil, India, and others are increasing their share of world power resources, but remain unlikely to surpass America as the most powerful nation if the United States adopts new strategies designed for a global information age.The Internet’s ultimate impact on the nature of power is a concern shared by nations around the world. The Future of Power, by examining what it means to be powerful in the 21st century, illuminates the road ahead.
©2011 Joseph Nye (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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By Christina on 04-19-15

annoying reading habit

The speaker for this book had a very annoying habit of adding an upward inflection at the end of practically every sentence. The subject matter of the book was interesting though

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By LizzieL on 11-21-16

The Future of Narration? Let's hope not...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would not recommend this particular audio version to a friend. I could not finish listening to it. The narrator's voice had a somewhat haughty, whiny tone.

Would you recommend The Future of Power to your friends? Why or why not?

The book itself is good. I switched to the paperback version.

How could the performance have been better?

In my opinion, the narrator's inflection was not conducive to transmitting a clear, fact-based message. I felt like he was sneering as he read. I am sure Mr. Synnestvedt is a talented narrator, but he was not my favorite.

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By Bram on 05-25-11

Narrator distracts from engaging analysis

The publisher has lumped this book among its self-help titles, which seems to have dictated the unfortunate choice of narrator. Usually, after a few minutes, it's no effort to pair up an author's words to the given voice and so move happily on to the substance of story/message/thesis. In this case, however, the pretentious intonation and odd pacing are only a constant distraction from what otherwise is an engaging (and persuasive) analysis on the topic of persuasion.

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