After the Fall

Being American in the World We've Made

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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Vital reading for Americans and people anywhere who seek to understand what is happening ‘after the fall’ of the global system created by the United States” (New York Journal of Books), from the former White House aide, close confidant to President Barack Obama, and author of The World as It Is
At a time when democracy in the United States is endangered as never before, Ben Rhodes spent years traveling the world to understand why. He visited dozens of countries, meeting with politicians and activists confronting the same nationalism and authoritarianism that are tearing America apart. Along the way, he discusses the growing authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin, and his aggression towards Ukraine, with the foremost opposition leader in Russia, who was subsequently poisoned and imprisoned; he profiled Hong Kong protesters who saw their movement snuffed out by China under Xi Jinping; and America itself reached the precipice of losing democracy before giving itself a fragile second chance. 

The characters and issues that Rhodes illuminates paint a picture that shows us where we are today—from Barack Obama to a rising generation of international leaders; from the authoritarian playbook endangering democracy to the flood of disinformation enabling authoritarianism. Ultimately, Rhodes writes personally and powerfully about finding hope in the belief that looking squarely at where America has gone wrong can make clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world.

Biographies & Memoirs
June 1
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Lairei ,

Great book

I’m another one of those “I-never-write-these-reviews-but-Ben-says-he-reads-them” people, so here goes. Beautiful writing. The dinner in Hong Kong for American hedge fund managers, there to discuss the end of “Pax Americana” (whatever that means), in which most of the attendees admitted that they had voted for Trump, effectively sums up everything that is broken about global politics. As the Hungarian activist put it: “There is this economic drive behind it.” Indeed. Read to the end, though. There is still a lot of hope in this book.

mr skrambl ,


Now I haven’t read the entire book yet but honestly I don’t feel like I have too I mean just at the start I with the statement about barely scraping by the 2020 election just reeks of biased leftism. Now I’m not one to hate on someone for where they are at on the political compass but what I’ve gathered from the small bit I’ve read is blatantly anti trump and anti republican. People that think like this with it being left vs right are what’s wrong with the country and why we are rapidly descending towards another civil war or straight up the fall of the country. If you want something unbiased I would not recommend this book. Have a blessed day

TedTarps ,


Great writing and encapsulates so much of my “millennial” view of the world too. Thanks for writing this book, it’s fascinating to better understand the inner workings of higher politics.

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