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 ...Read MoreFollowing 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.Read Less
Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Binding is clean, sound and unworn except for a small, very minor stain on bottom of back cover. Very minor edge soil. Contents and DJ are almost as new.; First Printing of this Updated and Expanded edition. 9-1/2" Tall, XIII + 314pp. Blue boards, black spine, bright gold spine lettering. HISTORY. "In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing world-wide landscape. He draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past five hundred years-rhe 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. As Zakaria eloquently argues, Washington needs to begin a serious tranformation 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. " Notes. Index.
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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.
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