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The Post American World 2.0by Fareed Zakaria
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Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller 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?
Book News Annotation:
Zakaria (Time magazine editor-at-large and host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS") updates his discussion of the relative decline of American global power in order to take into account the impact of the economic crisis of the late 2000s and other recent developments, which have only accelerated the transition to the "post-American" world and the rise of new powers in Zakaria's estimation. It must be stressed that Zakaria is only predicting a relative decline in power for the United States and that he believes that the United States can maintain a healthy position in the world by more carefully balancing foreign policy priorities, pushing for broad international rules conducive to long-term US interests instead of pushing for narrow and short-term interests, seeking better relations with rising powers instead of seeking to balance against them, encouraging ad hoc multilateral approaches to global problems in lieu of the lost hegemonic order, recognizing the dangers of opponents' asymmetric power in order to avoid getting sucked into traps, and recognizing international legitimacy as a key element of national power. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The bestseller, revised and expanded with a new afterword: the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller about America and its shifting position in world affairs.
A Notable Book of the Year In this new edition of his international blockbuster, Fareed Zakaria continues to explore the shifting role of the United States in the rapidly changing landscape of world affairs. The tilting balance of power, which Zakaria coined in the original edition of The Post-American World as the "rise of the rest," has proceeded more swiftly than anyone could have anticipated, aided by the financial crisis and the surprising determination and continued growth of emerging markets such as Brazil, China, and India. Zakaria tracks this quickly moving phenomenon and reports on the latest economic, technological, and even military developments that will shape our global future. "Fareed Zakaria...has written a minor masterpiece full of pragmatic, informed intelligence...."Thought-provoking and important..."--Jason Burke, (UK) "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, "This is a relentlessly intelligent book that eschews simple-minded projections from crisis to collapse...to remind this faltering giant of its unique and enduring strengths."--Joseph Joffe,
"This is not a book about the decline of America but rather about the rise of everyone else." So begins Fareed Zakaria's blockbuster on the United States in the twenty-first century, and the trends he identifies there have proceeded faster than anyone anticipated. The 2008 financial crisis turned the world upside down, stalling the United States and other advanced economies. Meanwhile China, India, Brazil, and other emerging markets have surged ahead faster than before, coupling their economic growth with pride, nationalism, and a determination to shape their own future. In this new, 2.0 edition, Zakaria updates the original and makes sense of this rapidly changing world. He brings his trademark lucidity and intelligence to bear on America's toughest problem: 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?
About the Author
Fareed Zakaria is the editor-at-large of Time magazine and the Emmy-nominated host of CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." His previous book was the bestseller The Future of Freedom. He lives in New York City.
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