The Post-American World

  • by Fareed Zakaria
  • Narrated by Fareed Zakaria
  • 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Fareed Zakaria, the great story of our times is not the decline of America but rather the rise of everyone else - the growth of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, Kenya, and many, many more.This economic growth is generating a new global landscape where power is shifting and wealth and innovation are bubbling up in unexpected places. It's also producing political confidence and national pride. As these trends continue, the push of globalization will increasingly be joined by the pull of nationalism - a tension that is likely to define the next decades.With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, Zakaria 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".Washington must begin a serious transformation of global strategy and seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda. 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. But all that is changing now. The future we face is the post-American world.


What the Critics Say

"A definitive handbook for political and business leaders who want to succeed in a global era." (Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe)


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A view from above

The problem with a lot of books about globalization is that they get too mired in mind numbing statistics that profess to tell much, but actually tell very little. More often motivated by a free-trader zealotry, these authors are so focused on pushing a particular economic agenda that their arguments become suspect. Dr. Fareed Zakaria's book "The Post-American World" is a refreshing change from all that.

Many people will be familiar with Zakaria from a variety of sources. Still it is interesting to see the brilliance he conveys when not limited to the 30 second analysis. Zakaria's advantage over others who have written in this field is that he takes a broader view. Not solely focused on China and India as the only games on the block (though much of the book is about them) he views them as two of the most important aspects of a larger phenomena he calls "The Rise of the Rest."

The ability to contextualize globalization in truly global terms is what gives this book its fascinating and helpful slant. Additionally, Zakaria is not burdened by cold-war baggage. He is able to view the history of China and India as not mistaken blind alleys that only needed to be discarded, but as an integral part of the process that led them to the place they now are. His focus not on just history but culture as well allows him the sort of breadth that contextualizes the present in a way others cannot.

Zakaria is likewise not interested in frightening his readers. His view is the globalization is as inevitable as it is positive. He decries the sort of jingoism and isolationism that both American political parties have engaged in and recognizes that there is simply a new game in town. Americans must now learn to play under the new rules. These new rules require multilateralism and global structures and show that no longer can we go it alone. But if America is willing it can still be the world's leader.
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- R. Reed "Prof. Reed"

The Rise of Chindia

Mr. Zakaria's perspective on what's happening in the world outside of the US framework is a compelling and somewhat entertaining account of what we, Americans, must wake up to. This book is a must read for those who want to understand how we can tackle foreign policy in years to come and why the US foreign policy of the last 25 years have been a total disaster. However, this book concentrates on the "Chindia Rise"--i.e. China and India--and leaves much of the rest to superficial speculations. The analysis on China and India are well documented and referenced, but not so that of the rest of the world--i.e. South America, Africa and even Europe--which are also going through so profound transformations as those experienced in China and India.

This book provides an insightful perspective on the socio-economic idiosyncrasy of Chinese and Indian cultures--skillfully translated to the American mentality. Zakaria gives us a wake-up call on how those two countries can, and will, become US competitors in the global market and trade politics. Perhaps the most important point we can get from this book is that the US government and its people must get educated on the realities and "rise of the rest of the world", and the contradictory and hegemonic stance of the US government foreign policy. We have been to busy identifying our next enemies rather than our next friends.

Mr. Zakaria presents his views from a journalistic perspective--full of newspaper headlines and Google's sounds bites--rather than a scholar perspective; as a result, some of the statements may sound superficial or naive. He talks very little about how energy issues are having a significant impact on US and world economy, including the Russia's re-birth and the leftist socialistic trends in South America.

This is the perfect audio-book. It is easy to listen to and somewhat entertaining with numerous anecdotes from the author. I highly recommend it.
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- Gus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2008
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio