The Post-American World, Release 2.0

The Post-American World, Release 2.0

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by Fareed Zakaria
     
 

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Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller The Post-American World pointed to the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, and others—as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power. Since its publication, the trends he identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have…  See more details below

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Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller The Post-American World pointed to the "rise of the rest"—the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, and others—as the great story of our time, the story that will undoubtedly shape the future of global power. Since its publication, the trends he identified have proceeded faster than anyone could have anticipated. The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies. Meanwhile emerging markets have surged ahead, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future.

In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of this rapidly changing landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years—the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States—to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the "rise of the rest." The great challenge for Britain was economic decline. The challenge for America now is political decline, for as others have grown in importance, the central role of the United States, especially in the ascendant emerging markets, has already begun to shrink. As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious transformation of its global strategy, moving from its traditional role of dominating hegemon to that of a more pragmatic, honest broker. It must seek to share power, create coalitions, build legitimacy, and define the global agenda-all formidable tasks.

None of this will be easy for the greatest power the world has ever known—the only power that for so long has really mattered. America stands at a crossroads: In a new global era where the United States no longer dominates the worldwide economy, orchestrates geopolitics, or overwhelms cultures, can the nation continue to thrive?

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
Compelling.— Thomas Friedman
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Prophetic brilliance,
near-perfect clarity, and a stirring eloquence.”
Thomas Friedman - New York Times
“Compelling.”
Michiko Kakutani - New York Times
“A provocative and often shrewd take that opens a big picture window on the closing of the first
American century and the advent of a new world.”
Boston Sunday Globe
“Zakaria . . . may have more intellectual range and insights than any other public thinker in the West.”
Publishers Weekly

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 Newsweekeditor 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. (May)

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Library Journal

According to Newsweek International editor Zakaria, the weakened global economic and political position of the United States results not from the waning of its own powers but from the rapid rise of many other global players. The optimistic tone of his previous book, The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, permeates this work. After 500 years of world dominance and following the decline of great states in other parts of the world, the Western powers are seeing countries such as China and India emerge as new and formidable rivals. Zakaria is sharply critical of the current U.S. presidential administration, citing its dysfunctional political stalemate and foreign and military policies that hinder adaptation to the current realities. He argues that it is incumbent upon the Western powers to adapt if they want to thrive instead of trying to reverse these realities, and he remains optimistic that they can change, as they have historically shown themselves able to do so. Zakaria's arguments are accessible to general readers, and his supporting data are not overwhelming to digest. Most libraries will want this. [See Prepub Alert, LJ1/08.]
—Marcia L. Sprules

Kirkus Reviews
Pity the poor think-tanked neocons: Just a moment ago, the talk was of empire and the new world order, and now, it seems, America's day in the sun is about to grow cold. Newsweek International editor Zakaria (The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad, 2003, etc.), born in India and a longtime resident of New York, seems unconcerned that his adopted country is sailing down the tubes: "This is a book not about the decline of America but rather about the rise of everyone else." He enumerates: Macao takes in more gambling revenue than Las Vegas, the biggest Ferris wheel in the world is in Singapore, Bollywood has surpassed Hollywood. Even as the global population grows, the number of those living in extreme poverty is falling, at least in three-quarters of the world's nations. Even after 9/11, the author notes, the world economy "grew at its fastest rate in nearly four decades." Inflation exceeds 15 percent only in a dozen-odd failed states such as Burma and Zimbabwe, and fewer and fewer people are dying in wars or spasms of political violence than ever. That all should be good news to globalists, and it's comforting to know, as Zakaria helpfully points out, that Iran spends less than a penny for every dollar we spend on the military. Yet the United States has dawdled, economically speaking, as China, India and other nations have skyrocketed. It helps, Indians note, that the Chinese government, the commander of that nation's command economy, hasn't really had to respond to public opinion, though even that is changing. The good news? By Zakaria's account, America's strength will lie in freedom and diversity-and the post-American era may not last all that long, sinceAmerica's population is growing, and growing younger, while the demographics of Asia and Europe are largely pointing to older populations and, in time, fewer workers. A sharp, well-written work of political economy.
BusinessWeek
Fareed Zakaria is one of the most thoughtful foreign policy analysts of our day and his new book . . . is a must read for anyone interested in globalization—or the Presidential election.— Bruce Nussbaum
The New York Times
A provocative and often shrewd take that opens a big picture window on the closing of the first American century and the advent of a new world.— Michiko Kakutani
Slate
“A far-reaching analysis.”
Booklist
“Starred Review. Zakaria updates his best-selling earlier vision of world economics and politics, which foresaw the decline of American dominance but reassured us that with that decline came the rise of the rest of the world.”
The New York Times Book Review
This is a relentlessly intelligent book that eschews simple-minded projections from crisis to collapse.— Joseph Joffe
Bruce Nussbaum - BusinessWeek
“Fareed Zakaria is one of the most thoughtful foreign policy analysts of our day and his new book . . . is a must read for anyone interested in globalization—or the Presidential election.”
Michiko Kakutani - The New York Times
“A provocative and often shrewd take that opens a big picture window on the closing of the first American century and the advent of a new world.”
Joseph Joffe - The New York Times Book Review
“This is a relentlessly intelligent book that eschews simple-minded projections from crisis to collapse.”
Thomas Friedman
“Compelling.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393340389
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/21/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
149,888
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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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The Post-American World, Release 2.0 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Bobg1 More than 1 year ago
I can't believe how intelligent the author is. This book will clear up many questions you have about the coming rise of the rest of the world and will help to allay some of your fears. But, it also lays out what we must do to ensure that we are able to continue to be a world leader. If we do not act on some of the solutions outlined in the book we will be an also-ran. Let me be clear; this is not an apocalyptic view of the US but a guide to surviving the world as it will be in the near future.
JJK69 More than 1 year ago
Zakaria has developed a reputation as one of the best analyists of both foreign and domestic issues. This book, especially the most recent additions in this updated edition confirms this reputation,
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I can't even get through this book without sleppkng how do people find this emusing it is so boring uggggg I'm going to go cry now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seen a pic of president obama coming off a plane with this in his hand want to read it to see why everyone is freakin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good