The Post-American World

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Political Science - 292 pages
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"This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else." So begins Fareed Zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others—as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.
 

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User Review  - MarthaJeanne - LibraryThing

It is interesting reading this in 2017 with the hindsight of three presidential elections and the 2008 economic crisis. In the end, I think most of Zakaria's conclusions hold up well, although some of ... Read full review

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User Review  - bodhisattva - LibraryThing

An essential book to read if you want to have a grasp of current global affairs. Release 2.0 is worth reading even if you read the original 2008 edition of Zakaria's book. Very highly recommended. Read full review

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Contents

The Rise of the Rest
1
The Cup Runneth Over
6
A NonWestern World?
49
The Challenger
87
The Ally
129
American Power
167
American Purpose
215
Notes
261
Acknowledgments
269
Index
273
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Fareed Zakaria has been called "the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation" (Esquire). He is the Emmy-nominated host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for the Washington Post, and the best-selling author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom. He lives in New York City.

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