Following the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Fareed Zakaria describes a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the 'rise of the rest' - the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others - as the great story of ...
Following the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Fareed Zakaria describes a world in which the United States will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the 'rise of the rest' - the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others - as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. The tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cellphones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.
I enjoyed this book so much and was impressed by the perspeciive of the the author that I purchased several more copies as gifts for friends and family.
Need I say more.... Chuck
Jan 23, 2009
very interesting book with a great outlook on the world today.
Jan 6, 2009
Slim volumn, but dense and informative
I heard about this book from the John Stewart show. Actually that is one of my favorite things about his show is that it is few of the main stream programs left that have book reviews and authors as regular guests.
I'm half way though, and really enjoying this book. Although the title my sound a little doomsday-ish, really Zakaria's point is that there was a creative, growing, important world before America, and there will be one after America is no longer the front runner. America is no longer the top of the game in most arenas, several Asian countries and India are leading us in population, advances in new technology, size of skyscrapers, and buying power.
His view point is not negative, but I think he is calling for Americans to wake up, really take a look at world history (from more perspectives then just our limited, mostly white view), and realize that we are going to have to become better global citizens rather than seeing ourselves as entitled consumers.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-25 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 Newsweek editor 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) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-07-28 Drawing on a variety of research, Zakaria eloquently explains the changing trends in world hegemony as other countries continue to grow and compete with the U.S. in the global market. Zakaria carefully explains how the economic, social, political and cultural growth of other countries, in particular China and India, will improve the overall progress of civilization. He also examines what some of these changes will mean for U.S. society as it attempts to re-imagine itself in this emerging paradigm. Zakaria narrates his audiobook with an uncommon ease. He makes for an interesting narrator with his light and crisp Indian accent that, given the nature of this non-American thesis, adds an element of legitimacy to his words. His deliberate pacing allows for listeners to appreciate and follow some of the more complex elements within the text. A W.W. Norton hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 25). (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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