Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World

Superpower: Three Choices for America's Role in the World

by Ian Bremmer


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ISBN-13: 9780143109709
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 326,373
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

IAN BREMMER is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. He has published nine books, including the national bestsellers The End of the Free Market and Every Nation for Itself. He lectures widely and writes a weekly foreign affairs column for Time magazine, where he’s editor at large. He lives in New York City.

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"I promise to tell you exactly what I believe and why I believe it. But this book is about what you think. Whether you’re an American or the proud citizen of another country, I want to know what role you believe the only superpower should play in our world. If you finish this book with a strong opinion, especially if it’s a bit different from the one you have at this moment, and even if it’s the opposite of mine, this book will have served its purpose."

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Today's World and Tomorrow's 9

Chapter 2 Incoherent America 27

Chapter 3 Independent America 47

Chapter 4 Moneyball America 85

Chapter 5 Indispensable America 127

Chapter 6 Question Mark America 165

Conclusion 193

Acknowledgments 207

Notes 211

Index 225

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Praise for Ian Bremmer's The End of the Free Market:

“A fascinating book.”
The Wall Street Journal

“[A] well-crafted, thought-provoking book.”
The New York Times

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LeonLM More than 1 year ago
Globalization marches on, but it is no longer synonymous with Americanization. This is jarring for Washington, which must chart a new way forward. Ian Bremmer walks the reader through all the three foreign policy paths America has to choose from: Indispensable (America should lead the world), Moneyball (America should strategically engage with the world), and Independent (America should primarily worry about itself). Though I disagreed with Bremmer’s own choice for America’s foreign policy at the conclusion of the book, the fact that I was able to make a completely different decision based on the very same arguments is a testament to this book’s clarity and lack of bias. A must read, especially with the 2016 election on the horizon.
MattPeterson More than 1 year ago
It's an increasingly global world, but less and less an American one. That's the starting point for Ian Bremmer's new book. But America still has choices. Contain China or work with it? Pass sweeping trade deals or work on the labor force at home? Bremmer, who is Time magazine's foreign affairs columnist, lays out the choices in a strictly nonpartisan way and tells the reader to choose. If you'd rather make up your own mind about where the country should go, read this book.
Creidy1 More than 1 year ago
Ian Bremmer's work has been formative throughout my academic and professional career. His geopolitical assessments have been critical to my understanding of the world and the decisions I make on a daily basis. As a young voter, still trying to figure out where I stand on various issues, I found "Superpower" to be an essential read. Bremmer lays out three options for America's role in the world and helps readers to reflect on each. More importantly, he charges readers to choose one. For young and old alike, "Superpower" is a must-read.
knt86 More than 1 year ago
Really liked that the three paths American foreign policy Ian Bremmer argues for are so relevant, clearly thought out, and convincing. A must-read ahead of next year's elections. Will be interesting to see how the candidates present their foreign policy strategies and which role (independent, indispensable, moneyball) they'll advocate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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