The Post American World by Fareed ZakariaThe Post American World by Fareed Zakaria

The Post American World

byFareed Zakaria

Paperback | January 1, 2035

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In this international bestseller, Fareed Zakaria describes "the rise of the rest"—the political and economic ascendance of countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa, and Kenya. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, Zakaria outlines the contemporary diffusion of power, drawing on lessons of history to help the United States face the challenges—and opportunities—of the post-American world.
Fareed Zakaria has been called "the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation" (Esquire). He is the Emmy-nominated host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for the Washington Post, and the best-selling author of The Post-American World and The Future of Freedom. He lives in New...
Title:The Post American WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 2035Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393334805

ISBN - 13:9780393334807


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview of America's Role in the World An outstanding book on America’s role in the world today, and its likely role in the future. Zakaria writes with a lucidity of thought and clarity of style uncommon in any field, let alone the politically charged subject of today’s geopolitics. As editor-at-large of Time Magazine, Zakaria has had both an exceptional perch from which to watch global events and ready access to the major players. A naturalized US citizen, he was born and raised in India, arriving in the US for his postsecondary education (Yale and Harvard). Zakaria’s background, education and experience have lent themselves well to an objective view of the US that is absent in other non-academic books on the subject. Even Niall Ferguson’s scholarly, edifying and entertaining books (e.g. Civilization) have a detectable political bent. In his excellent explanation of the rise of British and then US hegemony, Zakaria affirms Ferguson’s theory on the rise of the West, but he doesn’t hesitate to criticise when he believes Ferguson is offside. He challenges popular misconceptions as well, including our beliefs that the world has an ever increasing number of wars (they have declined substantially in recent decades), that the global financial crisis “signaled the end” (a black eye for capitalism, to be sure, but not the end), and that economics is a zero sum game (it is not; all nations can benefit from the exceptional growth of some). Though not central to his theme, Zakaria notes specifically the recent loss of global political capital under the Bush/Cheney regime with the Iraq war and other globally unpopular actions. It would be easy enough for any author to denigrate many of that regime's policies, but instead Zakaria compares it to the failed strategy of Britain a century ago as it spread itself too thin in defending its empire; a failure to make strategic choices rather than a difference of political opinion. Looking forward, Zakaria notes the inevitable math of declining economic and political influence for the US as other countries grow their GDP faster, in particular China and India. While the US will continue to get wealthier, its relative power will shrink. It is here that he spends a substantial portion of the book, with separate chapters on China, India, and the nature of power and politics. Zakaria decries the very western tilt of the UN Security Council, the IMF and World Bank - institutions tailored for the geopolitical mix of almost 70 years ago - and poses thoughtful questions such as whether one can be modern without being western, whether GDP is an accurate measure of a nation’s wealth (for example, education is an expense rather than a productive asset), and how the relatively recent rise of nation-states might fare as linguistic, ethnic and religious groups gain strength within their borders. Zakaria easily draws on scholars’ work to buttress or prove a point, but never descends into the minutia, jargon or tangents that so often afflict works with political agendas. When he offers an opinion or states a fact, it advances his narrative without drawing attention or causing the reader to pause and question its veracity. When he is prescriptive, his suggestions are thoughtful and grounded in common sense and historical precedent. Liberals and conservatives, Americans and non-Americans, academics and public alike will find The Post-American World 2.0 refreshing in its commentary and clarity. This book should be read by everyone with an interest in America’s place in the world.
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating perspective F.Zakaria (one of CNN's finest foreign correspondents/journalists) approaches the topic not of the fall of the USA in the 21st Century, but the rise of the rest of the monderized/industrial world. China, India, EU, passing & overtaking America's share in the global economic environment- what will it all mean going forward?
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Must read!!! Fareed instils confidence in the reader because of his indepth knowledge of world history. He enlightens us with a glimpse of the events that occurred in the world over the past 600 years. He links history with current day events. He talks about the emerging markets, shifts in power and the world heading towards globalization at a faster pace. He does give pointers as to ways in which America could achieve its potential. He directs our thinking towards a global solution and diplomacy being the key ingredient. I would definitely recommend this book as an insight into what our future holds based on the synthesis of various incidents in world history.
Date published: 2008-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rise of the Rest It's truly unfortunate that Fareed Zakaria chose to name his book, "Post American World", because it does not accurately reflect his central thesis which is the "rise of the rest" and not the end of American exceptionalism. I'm sure the provocative title was more sensational than he wanted it to be but that his publisher thought it would attract more "buzz". In any case, this short book is a terrific survey of 20th century developments specifically leading to the globalization phenomenon that has led to economic miracles occuring in both China and India. I say survey, because Zakaria does not intend the book to be a complete treatise on the subject, but rather to present a concise overview of the major themes and most importantly offer his prognosis for the future. According to Zakaria, the "post american world" is one where the balance of power has readjusted after the temporary imbalance post cold-war which gave the US sole superpower status for over a decade. In summing up Zakaria's vision of this new relationship he states that "there is now a conversation with the Americans in the room, and one without, the key point being that a conversation now exists with or without the Americans." Some reviewers have been overly critical of Zakaria for his somewhat apologetic view especially towards China, given its atrocious human rights record, continued oppression of Tibet, complete disregard for the natural environment and exploitation of resources from developing countries. It is true that Zakaria fails to highlight any of these critical issues, however, all of that still does not detract whatsoever from his central argument that China is rapidly rising and will soon out-produce the US in a few decades despite the human costs. Zakaria's writing style is clear, uncluttered, and straightforward. In my opinion, "Post American World" is one of the more important non-fiction books of the year.
Date published: 2008-08-04

Editorial Reviews

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 (New York Times)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 strength. — Joseph Joffe (New York Times Book Review)Fareed Zakaria is one of the most thoughtful foreign policy analysts of our day and his new book . . . is a must read for anyone interested in globalization—or the Presidential election. — Bruce Nussbaum (BusinessWeek)Prophetic brilliance, near-perfect clarity, and a stirring resonance. — Philadelphia Inquirer