The Post-American World: Release 2. 0
by Fareed Zakaria









Prefacep. xi
1The Rise of the Restp. 1
2The Cup Runneth Overp. 6
3A Non-Western World?p. 62
4The Challengerp. 100
5The Allyp. 145
6American Powerp. 184
7American Purposep. 239
Notesp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 295
Indexp. 299




Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller The Post-American World 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?





American journalist and author Fareed Rafiq Zakaria was born in Mumbai, India on January 20, 1964. He received his B.A. degree from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Political Science in 1993 from Harvard University. Zakaria was the managing editor of Foreign Affairs before becoming the editor of Newsweek International in 2000. He writes a weekly foreign affairs column in the publication and also has a weekly show on CNN called Fareed Zakaria GPS, which premiered in 2008. Prior to that he worked as a news analyst from 2002 to 2007 on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos and hosted the weekly show Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria on PBS. Zakaria has won several awards for his writing and is well known for his Newsweek cover essay, "Why They Hate Us," which was published following the 9/11 attacks. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Slate and has also published several bestselling books, such as The Future of Freedom and The Post-American World. (Bowker Author Biography)





*Starred Review* Zakaria updates his best-selling earlier vision of world economics and politics, which foresaw the decline of American dominance but reassured us that with that decline came the rise of the rest of the world. Many of the earlier book's predictions having been borne out sooner than expected, Zakaria examines new threats to America's image and influence abroad that are posed by . globa. financial crisis that has hurt mostly the U.S. and Europe. He examines trends in politics, economics, and technology that have contributed to the rising of underdeveloped nations and continue to push their advancement as many move from anti-American to post-American views of the world and their places in it. Zakaria particularly attends to the promise of India and China, rising economies with huge populations and strugglin. cultural cocktails. which maintain some traditions while adapting to modernism. He contrasts government-ordered expansion in China with the messiness of Indian entrepreneurship. He parallels the current American moment and the history of Britain's rise, world dominance, and decline while America ascended, despite which Britain has remained a major power because it chose to adapt to geopolitical change rather than fight it. Zakaria sees a similar future for the U.S. . HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Fareed Zakaria's initial title about America's shifting influence in world politics became a blockbusting international best-seller; here he revises and expands upon that work.--Bush, Vaness. Copyright 2010 Booklist






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