Betsy Speicher

The Post-American World

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You can get a sample of this book on the author’s site Here. There are also several of his articles published in Newsweek Here. You can get an decent sense of the book and the author from these.

As I said when suggesting the book, the author is far from Objectivist, he seems to be as bit left of center and in favor of a more pragmatic/mixed approach to economics and foreign affairs.

As for the book itself, it’s very much a mixed bag; there are so many true things here, and a lot of fallacies. Still, I am glad I read it; as Farred Zakaria is clearly an intelligent person and anybody can stand to learn a lot from him. I particularly like the various antidotes in the book: one, about a younger version of himself experiencing America for the first time, was very heart-felt.

So, take it for what’s its worth, but don’t expect it to be perfect (I’ll talk more about the book when I have more time, because some aspects of it deserve discussion.)

Here is a quick summery:

"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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