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The Post-American World pointed to the rise of the rest - the growth of countries China, India, Brazil, and others - as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power. Since its publication, the trends Zakaria identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have anticipated. The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies. Meanwhile, emerging markets have surged ahead, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future.
In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of this rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.
The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink. As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of dominating hegemon to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda - all formidable tasks.
None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known - the only power that for so long has really mattered. America stands at a crossroads. In a new global era in which the United States no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can the nation continue to thrive?
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By mike on 08-20-12
Good, but dated.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend this book with a couple reservations. It is obvious that 95% or more of this v 2.0 is the same as the original. I would 2nd a review I read before I purchased this book, for the 'new' parts you can tell an audible difference in volume level for those parts, though it is not significant. What I had the most 'issue' with is the fact that almost every study, interview, poll or report that is referenced in the book is 2007 or earlier. This would make sense in a book that was published in 2008, as this originally was. However there are very few instances of updated or current information. Given the subject matter and the theories that the author presents, the updated information would only go to substantiate or validate his points further so I am not sure why they were not included or updated, perhaps it was too time consuming?
Overall this was a good listen as the facts are presented fairly unbiased, which is rare these days. Fareed does a great job of showing the paths from the history of the US from early 20th century through the globalization of the world and how the US can and should navigate through the modern maze of geopolitics. The 'Rise of the Rest' could easily become a (stealing a Tom Clancy book Title) 'Clear and Present Danger' to the United Stes, however as the author shows, it will be much more likely it is an economic danger as opposed to military.
What other book might you compare The Post-American World 2.0 to and why?
The world is flat
Hot, Flat, Crowded
Common themes of Globalization and the disruptive nature of the internet and other technologes on the world stage
Any additional comments?
More interesting than one might think. This is not a totally dry economics book that makes you recall college macro and micro economics courses, but rather real world examples of how the world is changing in an unprecedented way and at an unprecedented speed.
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