The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

The Accidental Superpower: The Next Generation of American Preeminence and the Coming Global Disorder

by Peter Zeihan


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An eye-opening assement of American power and deglobalization in the bestselling tradition of The World is Flat and The Next 100 Years.

Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. Empires were abolished and replaced by a global arrangement enforced by the U.S. Navy. With all the world's oceans safe for the first time in history, markets and resources were made available for everyone. Enemies became partners.

We think of this system as normal - it is not. We live in an artificial world on borrowed time.

In The Accidental Superpower, international strategist Peter Zeihan examines how the hard rules of geography are eroding the American commitment to free trade; how much of the planet is aging into a mass retirement that will enervate markets and capital supplies; and how, against all odds, it is the ever-ravenous American economy that - alone among the developed nations - is rapidly approaching energy independence. Combined, these factors are doing nothing less than overturning the global system and ushering in a new (dis)order.

For most, that is a disaster-in-waiting, but not for the Americans. The shale revolution allows Americans to sidestep an increasingly dangerous energy market. Only the United States boasts a youth population large enough to escape the sucking maw of global aging. Most important, geography will matter more than ever in a de-globalizing world, and America's geography is simply sublime.

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ISBN-13: 9781455583669
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Zeihan launched his own firm, Zeihan on Geopolitics, in 2012 after working for twelve years with the geopolitical analysis firm Stratfor, where he was Vice President of Analysis.

Table of Contents

Introduction iv

Chapter 1 The World We Think We Know 1

Chapter 2 Egypt: The Art of Getting from Here to There 11

Chapter 3 Technological Revolutions: Deepwater Navigation and Industrialization 23

Chapter 4 Enter the Accidental Superpower 46

Chapter 5 Buying Off Geopolitics 79

Chapter 6 The Demographic Roller Coaster 94

Chapter 7 The Rise of Shale 118

Chapter 8 The Coming International Disorder 143

Chapter 9 Partners 164

Chapter 10 Players 183

Chapter 11 History Returns to Europe 226

Chapter 12 The Alberta Question 252

Chapter 13 The North American Drug War 273

Chapter 14 The China Wars 294

Chapter 15 Migration and Terrorism 328

Epilogue. The American Age 348

Appendix I No Fear: Climate Change 351

Appendix II Demography and Trade 356

Acknowledgments 357

Index 359

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