“A relentlessly intelligent book.” —Joseph Joffe, New York Times Book Review
“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbuster on the United States in the twenty-first century, and the trends he identifies have proceeded faster than anyone anticipated. How might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? In this fully updated 2.0 edition, Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.
When a book proclaims that it is not about the decline of America but "the rise of everyone else," readers might expect another diatribe about our dismal post-9/11 world. They are in for a pleasant surprise as Newsweek editor and popular pundit Zakaria (The Future of Freedom) delivers a stimulating, largely optimistic forecast of where the 21st century is heading. We are living in a peaceful era, he maintains; world violence peaked around 1990 and has plummeted to a record low. Burgeoning prosperity has spread to the developing world, raising standards of living in Brazil, India, China and Indonesia. Twenty years ago China discarded Soviet economics but not its politics, leading to a wildly effective, top-down, scorched-earth boom. Its political antithesis, India, also prospers while remaining a chaotic, inefficient democracy, as Indian elected officials are (generally) loathe to use the brutally efficient tactics that are the staple of Chinese governance. Paradoxically, India's greatest asset is its relative stability in the region; its officials take an unruly population for granted, while dissent produces paranoia in Chinese leaders. Zakaria predicts that despite its record of recent blunders at home and abroad, America will stay strong, buoyed by a stellar educational system and the influx of young immigrants, who give the U.S. a more youthful demographic than Europe and much of Asia whose workers support an increasing population of unproductive elderly. A lucid, thought-provoking appraisal of world affairs, this book will engage readers on both sides of the political spectrum.
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Oh Brave New World Explained
This is a must read for anyone planning on "dwelling" in the 21st century as it will lay an intellectual foundation in helping you better understand future world events, happenings, and trends as they continue to unfold and deploy in what is becoming a "Gordian Knot of Globalization." What is refreshing here is unlike so many works today that are written in a spirit of fear and reader anxiety(mostly to leverage the author's buck making) this work is grounded in true optimism. It makes sense of our dynamic world and will underwrite success for all having to navigate the structural changes underway of the Age we live in both now and for the next 25 years. Can't recommend enough. Cheers.
An illuminating study in current world affairs
Far from being a pesiimistic view of the United States, it takes the time to explain the current financial and socio-political standings abroad, and Americas ever increaing role as a guiding force.