A Prophetic Assessment of America's Changing Place in an Increasingly Global Age
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 five hundred 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.
A good book
I got this to listen to while on a last-minute overseas trip, and I really liked it. I don't agree with all of his conclusions, but it's an effort to realistically look at some of the myths and facts confronting the U.S. as we see the "rise of the rest." While long, I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting and accessible take on America's place in the world in the near future.
An impressive dose of statistics and history - so widen your scope and give this a listen. Globalization is not an idea - it is a reality. The question is: Do you know what to do with it? Chapters 6 and 7 were my favorites.
Pretty Decent Book...
In spite of its arguably offensive name (which is explained in the book), this is a very good read. Mr. Zakaria explains modern economic trends in a very objective and non-US centric manner. This is stuff that Americans need to learn to hear. While I didn't like his endorsement of the global warming hoax, I figured he had to add that BS just to get published. All in all and good read, very informative.