The Post-American World

by Fareed Zakaria

Number of pages: 336

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

BBB Library: Technology and Globalization, Politics and Public Affairs

ISBN: 9780393334807

About the Author

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 York City.


Editorial Review

This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else. So begins Fareed Zakaria's important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience 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 cell phones are all being built outside the United States. This economic growth is producing political confidence, national pride, and potentially international problems. How should the United States understand and thrive in this rapidly changing international climate? What does it mean to live in a truly global era? Zakaria answers these questions with his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination.

Book Reviews

"One of Zakaria's title chapters, "The Rise of the Rest", sums up his thesis. Other powers, notably India and China, are rising, but this does not mean, he argues, that America will lose the control of world affairs to which it is so accustomed. It will suffer some relative decline, but can still remain top nation, if it learns how to broker and mediate the relationships of other nations in the manner of Bismarck, and ceases to try to dictate in the manner of George W Bush, or even in the manner of Bill Clinton." - The Guardian

"Zakaria is talking to America and America is taking note; all the more since Barack Obama was snapped, his thumb marking a page in the middle of this book. After listening to his victory speech in Minnesota at the end of the Democratic primaries, I can tell you he's been reading it." - The Independent

" America's political system, Zakaria says, becomes mired in debate and cannot deal with the short-term deficit. "To put it in perspective, if Congress were to do nothing, the Bush tax cuts would expire next year," he says. "That by itself would yield $3.9 trillion to the federal government over the next 10 years." - NPR Books

"This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Zakaria’s important new work on the era we are now entering. Following on the success of his best-selling The Future of Freedom, Zakaria describes with equal prescience a world in which the U.S. will no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics or overwhelm cultures." - Forbes

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Wisdom to Share

The Post-American World is not about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.

The Post-American World is about the great transformation taking place around the world, a transformation that, though often discussed, remains poorly understood.

Though we talk about a new era, the world seems to be one with which we are familiar. But in fact, it is very different.

In every dimension; industrial, financial, educational and cultural, the distribution of power is shifting, moving away from American dominance.

we are moving into a post-American world, one defined and directed from many places and by many people.

The world's politics seems deeply troubled, with daily reports of bombings, terror plots and civil strife.

The front page of the news¬paper seems unconnected to the business section.

Al Qaeda, the group led by Osama Bin Laden, was a terrorist organization; it has become a communications company, producing the occasional video¬tape rather than actual terrorism.

The ideological shift in economics had been building before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Cheap phone calls and broadband made it possible for people to do jobs for one country in another country, marking the next stage in the ongoing story of capitalism.

In a globalized world, almost all problems spill over borders.

Americans take justified pride in their own country (we call it patriotism); yet, they are genuinely startled when other people are proud and possessive of theirs.

The Americas became Europe's great escape valve for four hundred years.

Tiny bands of European adventurers—Cortes and Pizarro—could defeat much larger native armies.

Westernization is not merely about appearances.

American consultants are routinely paid princely fees to tell Asian and Latin American politicians how best to appeal to their own countrymen.

India has been peaceful, stable and prosperous.

Foreign leaders are now flocking to India pledging to form deeper and stronger relations with the once exotic land.

Most foreign observers are still unsure of what to make of India's rise to prominence.

Perplexed foreigners might be comforted to know that Indians themselves remain unsure of the answers to these questions.

When you got to your room, you found a Pashmina shawl and an iPod shuffle loaded with Hollywood songs, gifts from the Indian delega¬tion.

Britain has been a rich country for centuries, but it was an economic superpower for lit¬tle longer than a generation.

There are many ways of measuring power.

Britain managed to maintain its position as the leading world power for decades after it lost its economic dominance, thanks to a combination of shrewd strategic outlook and good diplo¬macy.

This difference between America and Britain can be seen in the burden of their military budgets. Britannia ruled the seas, but never the land.

These days, the United States has every kind of power in ample supply except one; legitimacy.

The United States has the most powerful military in the history of the world. Yet, it has found it difficult to prevail in Iraq.

The Israeli military is vastly superior to Hezbollah's forces, but it was not able to win a decisive victory over the latter in its conflict with it.