The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives

by Zbigniew Brzezinski

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ISBN-13: 9780465094356
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 158,963
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017) was National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter, a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a professor of American foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of New York Times bestsellers Second Chance and Strategic Vision, among many other books.

Table of Contents


I. Hegemony of a New Type
The Short Road to Global Supremacy
The First Global Power
The American Global System

II. The Eurasian Chessboard
Geopolitics and Geostrategy
Geostrategic Players and Geopolitical Pivots
Critical Choices and Potential Challenges

III. The Democratic Bridgehead
Grandeur and Redemption
America's Central Objective
Europe's Historic Timetable

IV. The Black Hole
Russia's New Geopolitical Setting
Geostrategic Phantasmagoria
The Dilemma of the One Alternative

V. The Eurasian Balkans
The Ethnic Cauldron
The Multiple Contest
Neither Dominion Nor Exclusion

VI. The Far Eastern Anchor
China: Not Global but Regional
Japan: Not Regional but International
America's Geostrategic Adjustment

VII. Conclusion
A Geostrategy for Eurasia
A Trans-Eurasian Security System
Beyond the Last Global Superpower

What People are Saying About This

Paul Wolfowitz

"Zbigniew Brzezinski has established himself as one of the most penetrating analysts of international affairs and as one of the leading practitioners of the art of strategy. Here he combines both strengths to produce a provocative analysis of the shape of the world after the Cold War and of America's role in it. A `must read,' and a good one, too."

Lt. Gen. William E. Odom

"The Grand Chessboard will shock the timid, infuriate the unimaginative, and inspire the thoughtful reader. For those who believe America should lead but are unsure how, it offers a pragmatic and compelling vision. For those in charge of U.S. policy making, it is a required manual."

Samuel P. Huntington

"The Grand Chessboard is the book we have been waiting for: a clear-eyed, tough-minded, definitive exposition of America's strategic interests in the post-Cold War world. A masterful synthesis of historical, geographical, and political analysis, it is geostrategic thinking in the grand tradition of Bismarck."

Nathan Gardels

"In this incisive book--itself one of the most important documents to emerge in the wake of the Cold War's end--Zbigniew Brzezinski displays his legendary scope and intellectual acuity in giving purpose to American power. In this time of drift, Brzezinski remains America's paramount strategic mind."

Flora Lewis

"The Grand Chessboard is, at last, a lucid, brilliantly presented exposition of the necessary new framework for American foreign policy, tying together the objectives for the short, medium and long term which the country should now begin to implement. This fills a vital need."

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The grand chess board as suggested by the title discusses the US geopolitical global strategies to maintain world domination. Mr. Brzezinsky is a globalist and carries out effectively in his book the policies of his globalist organizations (the Council On Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission). His book has deservingly received grave and impressive reviews by his fellow trilateralists and CFR members. What's bothersome is that Mr. Brzezinsky's predictions are not simply a prognostication, but are technically implied policies in the making. It's frightening to become aware of the many vulnerabilities in the world, and the potential for violence in many 'hot' areas, which can be easily inflamed by covert operations. Brzezinsky is an expert in conflict creation. He was once very proud of his Afghani freedom fighters that defeated the Soviet Union. This book provides important and stimulating information for the average person. It will help you think and even predict future conflicts in the world. The forecasts in this book should be taken seriously by the reader, after all Mr. Brzezinsky represents the elite and the policy makers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you fear world government(UN), this is a good read. Mr.Brzezinski's is the quintessential insider and a member of the Council On Foreign Relations. His push for world government is quite disturbing. In 'Between Two Ages' (another book of his), Brzezinski declared that 'National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept,' Anyways, this book is worth a read.
heather67 on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This writer is a heavyweight security policy advisor for Carter. As a US-sceptic, it's a challenge to read someone who actually believes US hegemonic power is a force for good, and that the world would be more chaotic and violent without it. It predates neo-con excesses, and it shows, but is still relevant as a read. Tragically, he will probably be best known now as the father of the US news presenter who ripped up her script of the Paris Hilton story.