The New York Times bestseller, The Post-American World revised and expanded with a new afterword: the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's international bestseller about America and its shifting position in world affairs.
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?
From the Back Cover...
essential update and expansion of the bestselling global phenomenon which was
named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 2008.
In this new edition of his international blockbuster, Fareed Zakaria continues to explore the shifting role of the United States in the rapidly changing landscape of world affairs. The tilting balance of power, which Zakaria coined in the original edition of The Post-American World as the “rise of the rest,” has proceeded more swiftly than anyone could have anticipated, aided by the financial crisis and the surprising determination and continued growth of emerging markets such as Brazil, China, and India. Zakaria tracks this quickly moving phenomenon and reports on the latest economic, technological, and even military developments that will shape our global future.
“Fareed Zakaria…has written a minor masterpiece full of pragmatic, informed intelligence….“Thought-provoking and important…”—Jason Burke, The Guardian (UK)
“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 strengths.”—Joseph Joffe, New York Times Book Review