After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age

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Moving beyond Fareed Zakaria's bestselling The Post-American World, veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis to envision a world in which the United States is no longer the dominant superpower. The American Century has passed, argues Starobin, due in large part to America's military overreach in the Middle East; resurgent nationalism and economic expansion in Russia, China, and India; the tarnished American model of unfettered ...

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Overview

Moving beyond Fareed Zakaria's bestselling The Post-American World, veteran international correspondent Paul Starobin masterfully mixes fresh reportage with rigorous historical analysis to envision a world in which the United States is no longer the dominant superpower. The American Century has passed, argues Starobin, due in large part to America's military overreach in the Middle East; resurgent nationalism and economic expansion in Russia, China, and India; the tarnished American model of unfettered free-market capitalism; and the growth of transnational cultural, political, and economic institutions.

Following an insightful analysis of America's global ascendancy, Starobin explores five possible scenarios for the future: an age of chaos like the one following the collapse of the Roman Empire; a multipolar order of nations in which America would be one great power among others; China becoming the dominant superpower; an age of global city-states; or a form of world government. A concluding section of the book explores how California—the eighth largest economy in the world and demographically and technologically among the most sophisticated spots on the planet—is already starting to move beyond the American Century. Thought-provoking and well argued, After America serves as an urgent catalyst to discussing America's evolving role in a dramatically changing world. Starobin's tone is sober but in the end hopeful—the world after America need not be a disaster for America, and it might even be liberating.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Following in the footsteps of Fareed Zakaria's The Post-American World, Starobin lays out a case for the possibilities and perils of a new era in global politics in which the U.S. no longer unquestioningly reigns. Lloyd James reads with a studied casualness, riding the wave of Starobin's allusive line of thinking and artfully mimicking Starobin's anti-inflammatory narrative, the harmoniousness of his voice transmitting the author's lack of panic at the prospect of the post-American world. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 6).
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Kirkus Reviews
An international-affairs reporter concludes the United States has reached the end of its ascendancy and ponders how Americans will adjust to a world in which their country no longer dominates. Rejecting the myth of American Exceptionalism, National Journal and Atlantic Monthly writer and editor Starobin quickly traces the rise of the United States. Then, pointing to such markers as the widening income gap, the country's migration away from risk tolerance, its sluggishness in scientific fields such as robotics and green initiatives and its reluctance to accept cultural developments such as same-sex marriage, Starobin contends that the door has begun to shut on what Henry Luce famously called the American Century. The author's premise-that with the implosion of the Soviet Union, America has passed the apex of its economic, cultural, political and perhaps even military influence-may well be correct, but it requires more convincing support than Starobin offers. But his imagining of a world "After America" is impressive evidence of the author's grasp of the global scene. He posits five possible scenarios: (1) a world ruled by chaos, where civilization falls apart as in the transition from the High Middle Ages to the Renaissance; (2) a multipolar world, with a few major nations maintaining a balance of power; (3) a Chinese-dominated era; (4) a return, though on a much larger scale, to the dominance of city-states, where the usual suspects like New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong are joined by newcomers such as Toronto, Shanghai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bangalore; (5) the realization of the age-old dream of world governance. Relying on interviews with academics, businessmen, military experts andgovernment officials, and reporting from places as diverse as a Chilean copper mine, a Washington think-tank and an Indian seaport, Starobin takes us on a Friedman-esque journey, making a plausible case for each imagined future, explaining in almost chatty terms how America will fit into this new world, whatever form it takes. Creatively reported and provocatively argued.
From the Publisher
"Narrator Lloyd James lends a down-to-earth, approachable tone to an involved text with many lines of thought." —-AudioFile
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400163151
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: MP3 - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul Starobin is a staff correspondent for the National Journal and a contributing editor to the Atlantic Monthly.

Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award.

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